Barker, George R.
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
4.5 cubic feet (10 document cases, 1 oversize folder, 1 reel microfilm)
Most of the materials in the collection relate to William Morris Barker, his parents George R. Barker and Anna Ellis Morris Barker, and his wife Laura Adair Barker. The George R. Barker materials include correspondence and other papers relating to the Collegiate Institute of Germantown, Pennsylvania; and papers regarding his invention of a heating duct system. George's wife, Anna Barker, is represented by a substantial file of correspondence, including many letters written to her husband from Pennsylvania, with local news and family events. The William Morris Barker materials include letters sent to him, relating primarily to church affairs, and letters to his wife and family. There is a small file of correspondence of Barker's father-in-law, John Adair, including a letter of 1854 from John Withers, written from Yoncalla and describing local and regional conditions. Two diaries of John's wife, Mary Ann Dickinson Adair, date from 1872 and 1883-1884 and provide details of her daily life in Astoria, Oregon. Also included is her short diary, written 1848-1849, describing her voyage from New Orleans to California via Panama. Letters written by Edward Wistar Barker, brother of William Morris Barker, 1880-1893, give a lively narrative of his life and adventures in Duluth, Minnesota. Of particular interest is a large collection of diaries of Laura Adair Barker, dating from 1868 to 1907, and containing well-written entries about her activities and thoughts, some written while she was a student at St. Helen's Hall in Portland. A diary of 1915-1916 contains entries of both Laura Barker and her daughter Anna. The collection also includes biographical and genealogical information on the Barker, Adair, Morris, Dickinson, and related families, as well a small amounts of material relating to Ellen M. Booth, Samuel Booth, Charles Breck, Mary L. Ferguson, John Guernsey, S. M. Guernsey, Abel Gunn, Anna Holstein, Daniel Hoyt, Mary W. Lourey, Mary Palmer, Sophie G. Putnam, and Mary Rodney. The microfilm contains Adair family reminiscences, genealogy and letters compiled by Lorna P. Adair Barker.