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Barker Family Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02-02-148

Scope and Contents

Consists of family letters, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazines, bulletins, and program material documenting the life of Robert Barker from his time at West Point Academy (1934-1938), military service during World War II (1942-1945), capture by forces of the Empire of Japan (1942), and death (1945). The collection includes the front page of the "Illinois State Journal" announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor.


  • Other: Date acquired: 12/07/2016

Biographical or Historical Information

Captain Robert Alois Barker was born February 17, 1916 to Emily and Morton Barker and he had one younger brother, Morton Barker Jr. Robert attened Springfield High School in Springfield Illinois for two years. He earned admittance to West Point Military Academy on January 2, 1934 at the age of 18 and graduated June 14, 1938. Barker married Janet Louise Tidmarsh and they had one daughter, Emily Louise Barker. He served in the Pacific during World War II and was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Bataan in May 1942. He spent time in the Tarlac Camp in the Philippines and Prison Camp No. 2. Captain Robert Barker died January 17, 1945 on a Japanese Hell Ship.

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Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged in two series: Series 1, Personal Papers; and Series 2, Newspapers and Bulletins. Series 1 includes letter, postcards, and West Point and is organized chronologically. Series 2 includes newspaper clippings, magazines, organization newsletters, and bulletins and is organized chronologically.

Custodial History

Original newspaper clippings were kept with the collection.

Method of Acquisition

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Megan Klintworth
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Other Unmapped
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

112 North Sixth Street
Springfield IL 62701 US
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