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Hortense and R. Merritt Baker Photograph Album

Identifier: MS-0487

Scope and Contents

The Hortense and R. Merritt Baker Photograph Album, titled "Snapshots and Flashlights," documents the social and extra-curricular activities of Hortense and R. Merritt Baker from 1906 to 1909.  The album includes candid and posed photographs of the Bakers, Sidney Frantz, and their friends play-acting and staging home-made theatrical productions; Manual Training High School athletic teams and events; as well as trips to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Grand Lake (Colorado), and Bloomerville (Colorado).  Although there are few captions, most pages contain colorful hand-painted decorations and illustrations.


  • Creation: 1906-1909


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This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

Hortense Baker was born in 1889 and her younger brother, Robert Merritt (known as Merritt) was born in 1890. They also had a brother named Melvine. The Bakers grew up in Denver, Colorado. Merritt was a student at the Manual Training High School in the Whittier neighborhood, and graduated in 1910. As teenagers, both Hortense and Merritt staged home-made theatrical productions with friends. During the 1910s, Hortense married Sidney Frantz. They had two children. Sometime in the early to mid-1920s, the Frantzs moved to San Diego where Sidney worked as a set designer, and Hortense acted with the Yorick Players. Merritt lived in San Diego during the early 1940s and worked at the John Weiss Organization, a real estate firm. He later became the City Manager of Sierra Madre. He died in Los Angeles in 1955. Hortense passed away in San Diego in 1958.


0.92 Linear Feet

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Custodial History

Separated from the John and Jane Adams Ephemera Collection.

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Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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