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Jack Baker Collection, 1942-1987

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Collection Identifier: C.2007-01
Extent of collection
15 reels of 8mm totaling 2,565 feet; 2 reels of Super 8mm totaling 430 feet; 1 reel of 16mm totaling 400 feet
Inclusive Dates
1942 - 1987
Bulk Dates
1942 - 1966
The entire Baker collection was shot by commercial artist Jack Baker on 8mm film between the 1940s and 80s, with the exception of one 16mm film of unknown origin. The collection consists of in-house industrial films Jack made for work and home movie footage he took of his wife and two kids. The films he made on the job consist of downtown Chicago scenes, an American Can Company plant and trips to Milwaukee, New Orleans, and New York City. The home movies include suburban construction, numerous children's birthday parties, a few Christmas celebrations, an adult Halloween party, a Cubs game and trips to the Indiana dunes and Wisconsin's Lake Geneva.
Baker, Jack (created by)
The Baker Family lived in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois. Jack Baker, the patriarch of the family, was a freelance commercial artist who worked for the Stone Container Corporation. Although Jack was not a filmmaker by trade, shooting film was part of his job, and quickly became a hobby at home.
Custodial History
These films were collected and stored previously by Jack Baker. CFA aquired the films from Jack's son Scott, who donated the films to CFA in 2007.
Language of Materials
Access Restrictions
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
Chicago Film Archives holds the copyright for the films in this collection.