Guide to the R.W. Baker Collection on Lost River State Park, 1934-1938

Summary Information

Title: R.W. Baker Collection on Lost River State Park, 1934-1938
Collection: AC.588
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a collection of papers by R.W. Baker on Lost River State Park and some correspondence on his paper's circulation to several people. It is dated 1934-1938.

Creator: Baker, R. W.

Biographical/Historical Note

R.W. Baker was a foreman at the Lost River State Park in the 1930's. Lost River State Park is a state park located in Hardy County, West Virginia near the community of Mathias. The park encompasses 3,712 acres now managed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The park was formerly known as Hardy White Sulphur Springs and previous to that, Howard's Lick.

Scope and Contents

R.W. Baker, a foreman of Lost River State Park, wrote a paper on the park in 1934, Lost River State Park: A Short Historical Sketch. The correspondence from the park superintendent Thomas H. Olinger in 1937 sent the paper on its way to C.G. Davis of West Virginia. Mr. Davis sent the paper to W. I. Gernand in Arlington, Virginia where it made its way to several people. From a letter it prompted some folks to visit and enjoy the area. Mr. Baker wrote about the park in such poetic language, one can tell he thoroughly enjoyed being there and the magnificence of the Park.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The origin of this collection is unknown. Accession number AC.2002.043

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.588: R. W. Baker, Lost River State Park, Hardy County, West Virginia Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, 1934-1938 ACSC_Box 17, Folder 19