Manuscript Collections - Burt Brown Barker Papers

March 13, 2020

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2 linear inches (1 small manuscript box)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Burt Brown Barker was born November 3, 1873. He was a classmate of Herbert Hoover in Newberg, Oregon. Barker graduated from the University of Chicago in 1897 and from Harvard Law School in 1901. Barker moved to Portland, Oregon in 1928 to become the Vice-President of Public Relations for the University of Oregon. He was president of the Oregon Historical Society, the McLoughlin Memorial Association, and the Herbert Hoover Foundation of Oregon. Barker played an active role in the restoration and designation of the John Minthorn House as an historical place. Barker died in 1969 at the age of 95.


The papers contain correspondence, clippings, catalogs, and a commencement program. Topics include: the Friends Pacific Academy, Newberg Sunday School, Herbert Hoover, Lou Henry Hoover, Oregon politics, Henry John Minthorn, and the Minthorn House. The papers also include Herbert Hoover’s boyhood crush letter to Daisy Trueblood.


The library holds two books written by Barker:
The Autobiography of Burt Brown Barker (E748 .B24)
The McLoughlin Empire and its Rulers (CS90 M157 1919)

Box      Contents

1          Allen, Ben S. – Correspondence, 1917-1937
            Friends Pacific Academy – Catalogs and Commencement Program, 1885-1889
            Hoover, Herbert
                        Correspondence with Burt Brown Baker, 1887, 1914-1919, 1932-1964
                        Food Relief and Politics – Clippings, 1916-1917
                        Hoover and Oregon Politics, 1917-1944
                        Letter to B. S. Cook about Australia, Mar 30, 1898
                        Letter to Daisy Trueblood, circa 1888
            Hoover, Lou Henry – Correspondence, 1912, 1936-1937, 1940
            Martin, Evangeline – Newberg Sunday School, 1890, 1908 and undated
            Minthorn House: Boyhood Home of Herbert Hoover compiled by Burt Brown Baker,
            Minthorn House Brochures, 1976 and undated
            Tribute to Dr. Henry John Minthorn and Laura Ellen, His Wife by Mary Minthorn Strench,
                        1955, 1966