Correspondence Collection includes 376 letters, 1116 manuscript pages, dated 1874 -1902, many with their original mailing envelopes, mostly handwritten. The collection consists of the following: Pocket Diary of Mary “Helen” Baldwin, 181 manuscript pages, plus 10 manuscript pages of notes and cash accounts; bound in thin black leather, flap binding, some wear to tips and edges, scuffed and rubbed, otherwise good, entries written in ink, in a legible hand, not signed, contains 2 days entries per page, dated 9 January – 31 December 1884. While the diary is not signed, there is enough internal evidence to confirm that it was kept by Mary “Helen” Baldwin. Ephemera includes: 20 used postcards dated 1874-1902, mostly 1880s; approximately 3 dozen newspaper clippings; 10 manuscript page genealogy of the Baldwin family; 2 small black and white photographs of a child (F. Frederick Baldwin); 4 used envelopes; 4 manuscript pages of prose; 2 invitations; price list for American Sterling Company; small pamphlet for Calvary Presbyterian Church (San Francisco); 3 advert cards; 1 telegram (1887); 24 manuscript pages of accounts and receipts; 7 printed, or printed and manuscript documents (advertisements; school registration; program; printed will; reports; plus an 11” x 5” portfolio organizer, with compartments to hold letters, etc.
Description of Correspondence:
Letters to and from Timothy D. Baldwin and his wife Lucretia K. M. Baldwin:
Timothy D. Baldwin, 13 letters (26 pp) written to his daughter “Helen”; plus incoming letters to Timothy D. Baldwin as follows: 3 letters (6 pp) from H.J. Anderson; 3 letters (3 pp) from R. Bentley; 3 letters (6 pp) from Edgar R. Carter, congratulating Baldwin on the nomination of his “friend Garfield”; 5 letters (8 pp) from E.S. Chittenden concerning genealogy; 15 letters (30 pp) from Frank L. Coon, a friend of the family, whose letters discuss his search for work, asking for Baldwin’s help and his views on his preacher, and offers condolences for the death of Baldwin’s daughter; 3 letters (3 pp) from H.B. Hall & Sons, attempting to obtain payment for an engraving they completed for Baldwin’s family in Hawaii; 4 letters (8 pp) from Bella M. Wilson; and 13 misc. incoming letters (17 pp).
Lucretia Kirtland Manning Baldwin, 51 letters (253 pp), written to her husband Timothy D. Baldwin; plus 2 letters (6 pp) by Lucretia to her daughter Lillie.
Letters of Timothy D. Baldwin’s children:
William Henry Baldwin, 16 letters (20 pp) to his niece Imogene Baldwin and 67 letters (135 pp) to his sister “Helen”; plus 18 letters (44 pp) to his father Timothy D. Baldwin; plus 33 letters (170 pp), dated 1900-1902, by Belle (William H. Baldwin’s wife) to her sister-in-law M. “Helen” Baldwin.
Mary “Helen” Baldwin, 3 letters (11 pp) written to her father Timothy D. Baldwin; 7 misc. incoming letters (22 pp) to Helen.
Frank Lemuel Baldwin, 3 letters (10 pp) written to his father; plus 25 letters (93 pp) to his daughter, most illustrated with water color sketches and vignettes. Plus: 20 incoming letters (49 pp) to Frank L. Baldwin’s daughter, Imogen Baldwin, written by her aunt, uncle, grandfather and friends.
Emily Lucretia Baldwin, 1 letter (3 pp), written to her father Timothy D. Baldwin; plus 35 letters (154 pp), dated 1899-1901, written to her sister M. “Helen” Baldwin.
Letters to Timothy D. Baldwin from his siblings:
2 letters (4 pp), by C.C. Baldwin to his brother Timothy. 7 letters (24 pp) by Samuel Baldwin to his brother Timothy; and 1 letter (4 pp) by William Alden Baldwin to his brother Timothy.
Other family members that wrote to Timothy D. Baldwin:
S. C. Baldwin, cousin, Atwater, OH (4 letters, 13 pp); J. A. Baldwin, nephew, Oberlin, OH (1 letter, 1 pp); Mary E. Willard, niece, Cleveland, OH (2 letters, 6 pp); M. Josie Knowles, niece, Cleveland, OH (1 letter, 2 pp); Florence M. Knowles, niece, Cleveland, OH (1 letter, 3 pp); Julia R. Blass, cousin, Durham, NY (3 letters, 10 pp); D. Baldwin, cousin, Honolulu, HI (2 letters, 8 pp)
Plus 9 misc. letters (16 pp) from various correspondents.
Biographical Sketches of Several of the Main Correspondents
Timothy D. Baldwin was born 3 March 1827 in Atwater, Ohio; and died 21 October 1903, in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1848, he went to Youngstown, Ohio, as a teacher, and accepted a position as a bookkeeper. He continued in clerical work until 1859, when he was made auditor of Mahoning County. He was elected a second time, and subsequently served as assistant auditor of Cuyahoga County. For a time he was connected with a New York business house and for some six years was manager for a large firm in that city. He then returned to Youngstown, resuming his relations with business houses, where he spent the rest of his life.
Lucretia Kirtland Manning was born 5 October 1827; died 5 November 1897; she was the daughter of Dr. Harry Manning, one of the prominent citizens of Youngstown. She was married by the Rev. C.A. Boardwin to Timothy D. Baldwin on 6 September 1849 in Youngstown, Ohio, and together they had ten children.
Frank Lemuel Baldwin was born 29 June 1863, in Youngstown, Ohio. He was educated at Youngstown and Cleveland. He read law with Hine & Clarke and was admitted to the bar in 1889 and practiced law in Youngstown. He was long prominent in Youngstown city politics and in 1905 was elected mayor of the city. He was a Freemason, and belonged to several lodges, and other fraternal and beneficial groups. He was also secretary and counsel for the Youngstown Humane Society.