A Guide to the Nelle Baker Boylan Papers, [circa 1866]-1927
Robert Holmes Baker (1858-1935) moved from Tennessee to Texas in 1882. A merchant and insurance company manager, he became a business partner of Edward M. House, an investor active in Democratic politics. Baker bought and sold Texas railroad lines, including the Texas Central Railroad and the Wichita Falls Railroad, and he served in the Waco Light Infantry and the Texas National Guard.
Baker became involved in penal reform in the 1920s, chairing the Texas Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor (1924-1927) and reorganizing the Texas Prison Board (1927-1929).
Baker’s son Burke Baker (1887-1964) was an independent oil producer and insurance executive in Houston. He contributed to the creation of the Burke Baker Planetarium in the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Baker's daughter Nelle Baker (1895-1967) married Captain Rufus Boylan in 1926.
"Baker, Burke. " Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fba22 (accessed May 12, 2016).
"Baker, Robert Holmes. " Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fba39 (accessed May 12, 2016).
The Nelle Baker Boylan Papers, [circa 1866]-1927, consist of two travel diaries, a photograph album, and 14 individual photographs of the Baker family and home in Austin, Texas.
A diary embossed “My Trip” and dated June 21, 1921 describes a European trip through England and Scotland. The diary is inscribed “Nelle Baker, 27th and Nueces Sts., Austin, Texas USA, American Express Company, London, England.” A second diary, “Places Visited,” continues the trip through Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland.
A leather-bound photograph album with the initials “NB” features images of the Baker family with children and pets. The photographs include images of Austin houses and street scenes.
Fourteen individual loose photographs include images of Boylan; her parents, Robert Holmes Baker and Nellie Faulkner Baker; and “Grandmother Burke.” Notable images include Robert Holmes Baker in the Waco Light Infantry, circa 1870, as well as scenes of early 20th-century Austin. Also included is an announcement of Nelle Baker’s marriage to Captain Rufus Boylan in 1927.
This collection is open for research use.
Nelle Baker Boylan Papers, [circa 1866]-1927, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, May 2016.
Detailed Description of the Papers