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Edward L. Baker Papers

Identifier: LP001625

Scope and Content

The papers of Edward L. Baker reflect his work as Postmaster of Detroit for over 22 years and his involvement in the National Association of Postmasters (NAPUS), especially during his term as president of the organization. To a lesser degree, the material also covers his activities as a Michigan state Representative and member of several health organizations in Michigan. Important subjects covered in the collection are: Detroit Postal Service; Michigan Republican Party; National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS) Among the important correspondents are: Homer Ferguson; Charles E. Puskar; Patrick McNamara; Kim Sigler; Roy North; Arthur E. Summerfield

Series Description: Series I, Detroit Postal Service, 1932-1978, Box 1: Material regarding Mr. Baker’s tenure as Detroit Postmaster.

Series II, NAPUS Files, 1954-1978, Box 2: Correspondence and files covering Mr. Baker’s presidency of NAPUS and as chairman of the Transportation Committee.

Series III, Other Activities, 1923-1982, Box 2-3: Files regarding Mr. Baker’s activities outside the postal service.


  • 1923 - 1982
  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 1976


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


Edward L. Baker was born in Georgetown, Indiana on February 1, 1906 and graduated from the University of Louisville in 1931. In 1932 he married Elios Giuliano. He continued his educational activities by attending the Detroit College of Law from 1932 to 1936 and rounded his academic experience taking engineering courses at Wayne University in Detroit from 1942 to 1945. Mr. Baker’s business experience was varied and broad. He was an adjustor for the American Mutual Liability Insurance Company (1931-1935), investigator for the Wayne County Bureau of Investigation (1935-1942), supervisor in the industrial x-ray laboratories of the Fisher Body Corporation (1942-1945) and sales manager for Michigan X-ray Sales (1945-1948) before he took a job as an application engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation (1948-1953).

On October 1, 1953, Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield appointed him acting Postmaster of Detroit. He served until February 28, 1976, the second longest tenure as postmaster in Detroit history. His other activities included co-organizing the Detroit Junior Board of Commerce in 1936 and service in the Coast Guard Temporary Reserve from 1942 to 1945. In addition, he served as representative in the Michigan state Legislature from 1947 to 1948. He did not seek re-election. He held the office of president of the Michigan Society for Mental Health for three terms from 1950 to 1952 and was an active member of the National Association of Postmasters in the United States (NAPUS), where he acted as president for one term in 1957/58. He also served as Deputy Chairman of Michigan Week.

He was named Federal Administrator of the Year in Detroit in 1955, received the Post Office Department’s Meritorious Service Award in 1960 and was named National Postmaster of the Year in 1964. He died in March, 1987 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


3 Linear Feet (3 SB)


Edward Baker was the second longest serving Detroit Postmaster (1953-1976) and an active member of the National Association of Postmasters in the United States. His papers reflect his work as Postmaster and his involvement with the NAPUS, especially his term as its president.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 2) and Series 3 (Boxes 2-3). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.


The papers of Edward L. Baker were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in July of 1995 by his son, Edward M. Baker.


One manuscript box with approximately 50 photographs and five negatives related to Mr. Baker and one button have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May 2000.
Guide to the Edward L. Baker Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA