Manuscript Collections - Burt Brown Barker Papers

Aug 20, 2021

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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


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, undated
Minthorn House Brochures, 1976 and undated
Tribute to Dr. Henry John Minthorn and Laura Ellen, His Wife by Mary Minthorn Strench, 1955, 1966