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Guide to the Hiram Barker Papers, 1857-1895

Abstract

Prominent businessman and banker from Farmington, New Hampshire; established and managed multiple business investments in New Hampshire, the Dakota Territory, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Minnesota in the late 19th century.

Collection consists chiefly of business correspondence dating from circa 1871-1886, almost all directed to Hiram Barker in New Hampshire, although in some cases Barker was the author. Correspondents include managers of Barker's businesses and investments in the Western territories and states of Dakota, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Minnesota, and other firms with whom Barker did business. Topics revolve around business matters and trends in New Hampshire, the Western states and territories, including but not limited to real estate loans and investments, land investments, banking and loans, financial difficulties such as loan defaults, and ranching or farming in the Western states listed above. A smaller group of letters concern personal and family matters of both the Barker and Hayes family, into which Barker had married. Arranged by state in alphabetical order.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Barker, Hiram.
Title
Hiram Barker papers 1857-1895
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.0 Linear Feet, 1880 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Collection consists chiefly of business correspondence dating from circa 1871-1886, almost all directed to Hiram Barker in New Hampshire, although in some cases Barker was the author. Correspondents include managers of Barker's businesses and investments in the Western territories and states of Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Minnesota, and other firms with whom Barker did business. Topics revolve around business matters and trends in New Hampshire, the Western states and territories, including but not limited to real estate loans and investments, land investments, banking and loans, financial difficulties such as loan defaults, and ranching or farming in the Western states listed above. Businesses mentioned include the Central Bank of Kansas, the Citizens Bank in Iowa, Topeka Loan and Investment Company in Kansas, and the Eclipse Milling Company in Minnesota. There are also business papers relating to Florida, including land investments in 1885, some of which involve the governor of Florida and New Hampshire native George Franklin Drew, who may have also witnessed the will of Reuben Hayes for which Barker was an executor. A small group of letters concern personal and family matters of both the Barker and Hayes family, into which Barker had married. A set of folders marked in the last box marked Miscellany contain chiefly business receipts and unidentified letters dating from 1857-1895. Arranged by state in alphabetical order.

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Contents of the Collection

Arranged in alphabetical order by state name. The last set of folders contains miscellaneous business receipts and unidentified or illegible correspondence from various locations.

Collection Information Folder

Detailed descriptions related to largest groups of correspondence, including extracts transcribed from letters, details on family history, and comments on highlights and on the correspondents.

Box 1
Brule County Bank correspondence and legal/financial papers, 1882-1886
Box 1
Brule County miscellaneous business papers
Box 2
Madison Bank & American Mortgage and Investment Company correspondence, 1885-1886
Box 2
Other Dakota business records
Box 2
Florida business papers, 1880s
Box 2
B. L. Pease correspondence, 1871-1885 and undated
Box 2
B. L. Pease, legal and financial papers
Box 2
Citizens Bank correspondence, 1871-1886
Box 3
Citizens Bank legal and financial papers
Box 3
W. G. Tyrrell correspondence
Box 3
Other Iowa business papers
Box 3
Central Bank of Kansas correspondence, circa 1882-1886
Box 3
Central Bank of Kansas legal and financial papers
Box 3
Topeka Loan and Investment correspondence, 1884-1886
Box 3
A. H. Gossard correspondence, 1882-1887 and undated
Box 4
A. H. Gossard legal and financial papers
Box 4
Other business papers
Box 4
Business papers, chiefly correspondence from other firms, 1800s
Box 4
Eclipse Milling Company correspondence, circa 1882-1886
Box 4
Eclipse Milling Company miscellaneous business papers
Box 4
Other Minnesota business papers
Box 4
George Bickford (Loup City, S.D.) correspondence, circa 1882-1886
Box 5
Other Nebraska business papers
Box 5
Hayes family, legal and financial papers
Box 5
Hiram Barker, local business, legal and financial papers
(5 folders)
Box 6
Hiram Barker, personal and family correspondence, circa 1882-1886
Box 6

Chiefly business receipts, and several pieces of unidentified or illegible pieces of correspondence. Includes receipts and bills of sale from the late 1850s and 1860s, but the majority are in the latter part of the 19th century.

Other papers, 1857-1895
Box 6

Historical Note

Hiram Barker was a prominent businessman and banker from Farmington, New Hampshire. He established and managed multiple business investments in New Hampshire, the Dakota Territory, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Minnesota in the late 19th century.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hiram Barker Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Hiram Barker Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, 1984

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, December 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 1983

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.