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The Business Historical Society
Baker Library, as I encountered it when I first came, was the equivalent of, you know, Keats looking into Chatwin’s home. I mean, everything is there. Everything is there, stuff you didn’t even know existed was there.
When I was writing Prophets of Regulation about the origins of the SEC, I found in Baker Library speeches made by Joseph P. Kennedy, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission explaining to his fellow Wall Street speculators why this was a good thing, and not a threat. It was just golden stuff.
For Chandler, Baker Library had four runs of all these ancient newspaper journals of the railroads. Henry Varnum Poor’s American Railway Journal—Chandler’s great-grandfather. And just stuff that, you know, annual reports from, you know, just companies you’d never heard of.