Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Baker Mercantile Company (Lockney, Texas):

An Inventory of Its Records, 1924-1938, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Baker Mercantile Company (Lockney, Texas)
Title: Baker Mercantile Company (Lockney, Texas) Records,
Dates: 1924-1938
Abstract: The records pertain to the Baker Mercantile Company which opened in 1894 in Lockney, Texas, and was a major goods retailer for the growing area until its closure in 1972.
Collection # S 55.2
Quantity: 3 boxes (3.0 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Opened in 1894 in Lockney, Texas, the Baker Mercantile Company served as a prominent retailer during the settlement and growth of the surrounding region. Established by J.A. and Alice Baker, the store remained under family operation until 1972 when it closed. The store received a Texas State Historical Marker in 1971.

Scope and Contents

The business aspect of the Baker Mercantile Company is the dominant theme of this collection. Centered around the Depression years, a large amount of client correspondence concerning payment is included with associated responses by Robin or Artie Baker. Other materials in the collection include family correspondence, correspondence with the Texas Railroad Commission, Judgment Papers from a 1931 suit, and miscellaneous financial documents. The collection reflects the hard times experienced by the inhabitants and businesses of the South Plains during the Great Depression.


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

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Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by either the archives or the creators and authors of items in this collection, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Baker, Artie.
Baker, Dorsey.
Baker, Guernes.
Baker, James Artemis, 1859-1917.
Baker, Mary.
Baker, Sarah Alice Ratliff.
McGavock, Dimple Baker.
Subjects (Organizations)
Baker Mercantile Company (Lockney, Tex.)
Floyd County (Tex.)
Lockney (Tex.)
Lockney (Tex.)--Economic conditions--History.
Plainview (Tex.)
Texas Panhandle (Tex.)
Depressions--1929--Texas, West.
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas.
General stores--Texas--History.
Historic buildings--Texas.
Pioneers--Texas, West.
Ranching--Texas, West.

Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:
  • Guernes Baker oral history interview [sound recording], 1969
  • Mary Baker oral history interview [sound recording], 1960

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Baker Mercantile Company (Lockney, Texas) Records, 1924-1938, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 1996

Processing Information

Processed by: A. Ramirez, June 9, 2000

Collection Inventory

Client Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Client Correspondence, Ab-Ay, 1931-1937
2 Client Correspondence, Ba-Boy, 1925-1937
3 Client Correspondence, Boy-Bry, 1931-1937
4 Client Correspondence, Bra-Bre, 1931-1933
5 Client Correspondence, Bu-By, 1931-1937
6 Client Correspondence, Ca-Coth, 1931-1937
7 Client Correspondence, Cot-Cow, 1924-1937
8 Client Correspondence, Cra-Cru, 1925-1937
9 Client Correspondence, Dun-Dy, 1925-1937
10 Client Correspondence, E, 1930-1937
11 Client Correspondence, Fa-Fl, 1931-1937
12 Client Correspondence, Flo-Friz, 1931-1934
13 Client Correspondence, Friz-Fry, 1928-1937
Box Folder
2 1 Client Correspondence, Gra-Gu, 1931-1938
2 Client Correspondence, Ha-Har, 1931-1934
3 Client Correspondence, Har-Hen, 1931-1937
4 Client Correspondence, Hen-Ho, 1926-1937
5 Client Correspondence, Hol-Hum, 1931-1937
6 Client Correspondence, I, 1926-1935
7 Client Correspondence, Ja-Ju, 1927-1937
8 Client Correspondence, Ka-Ku, 1931-1937
9 Client Correspondence, La-Le, 1929-1937
10 Client Correspondence, Li-Ly, 1931-1937
11 Client Correspondence, Ma-Mat, 1931-1937
12 Client Correspondence, McA-McR, 1931-1937
13 Client Correspondence, Me-Mo, 1931-1937
14 Client Correspondence, Mo-My 1931-1937
15 Client Correspondence, Na-Ow, 1930-1937
Box Folder
3 1 Client Correspondence, Pa-Phe, 1926-1933
2 Client Correspondence, Phi-Pro, 1931-1934
3 Client Correspondence, Ra-Ri, 1931-1935
4 Client Correspondence, Ri-Ro, 1930-1934
5 Client Correspondence, Sa-Sw, 1930-1935
6 Client Correspondence, Ta-Vi, 1929-1934
7 Client Correspondence, Wa-Z, 1925-1934

General Files

Box Folder
3 8 Miscellaneous Small Client Files
9 Judgement Papers, 1931
10 The Mickeys-Aunt Lizzie, 1932-1934
11 Miscellaneous Financial Papers, ca. 1930
12 Jones Music Company/Client Correspondence, A-I, Purchase-Plainview Music Company, 1930-1931
13 Jones Music Company/Client Correspondence, I-Z, Purchase=Plainview Music Company, 1928-1930
14 Printed Material, Texas Railroad Commission, 1919-1926
15 Robin Baker File, 1932-1937