University of Notre Dame

Nelson H. Baker Collection


Origination : Heather Hartel
Extent : 9 linear inches
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information

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Collected by Heather Hartel and sent by Prof. Ralph Keen, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Preferred Citation

Nelson H. Baker Collection (BAK), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Research files of Heather Hartel concerning Father Nelson H. Baker: consisting of general Lackawanna & Bethlehem Steel history from Lexis / Nexis; Buffalo News articles on Father Baker; copies from the Buffalo Library's local news archives on Father Baker; websites that mentioned Baker; material from the Redemptorist Provincial Archives by Thomas A. Galvin, author of the book on Baker, Modern Apostle of Charity, 1925; bibliographies of Father Baker Sources; Bethlehem Steel historical news articles copied from the newspaper archives at the Buffalo Library; booklets from Our Lady of Victory about its history; program for transferral of Father Baker's body to the basilica; copies of Lydia Fish's folklore of Father Baker archive from Buffalo State; City of Lackawanna jubilee booklets from the Lackawanna Library; academic papers on Father Baker from other scholars. Also two books (The Incredible Story of Father Baker by Floyd Anderson and The Mysteries of Father Baker by John Koerner) and one VHS video tape, Legacy of Victory: Remembering Father Baker.


Fr. Nelson H. Baker, a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, was born 16 February 1842 and died 29 July 1936. He was known for his sanctity, for his service to the poor, and for his development in Our Lady of Victory parish in Lackawanna, New York, "a minor basilica, an infant home, a home for unwed mothers, a boys' orphanage, a boys' protectory, a hospital, a nurses' home, and a grade and high school." (Wikipedia).


Baker, Nelson H. (Nelson Henry), 1841-1936.
Our Lady of Victory Basilica (Lackawanna, N.Y.)
Modern Apostle of Charity
The Incredible Story of Father Baker
The Mysteries of Father Baker