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Henry Baker Papers

Date range: 1722–1770

Medium: Manuscript

Eight substantial volumes of notes and letters of Henry Baker (1698–1774), naturalist, poet and pioneer of education for deaf people (English MS 19).

Baker was awarded the Copley medal by the Royal Society in 1744 for his observations of crystal morphology under the microscope. He also had a considerable reputation as a teacher of deaf people and those with speech impairments.

The collection includes Baker's correspondence relating to his scientific and philosophical work, including repeats of the experiments of Abraham Trembley (1710-1784) on the spontaneous regeneration of polyps ( Hydra viridis). They also include Baker's notes on his practice as a tutor for children with speech impediments.

Additional uncatalogued material comprises four volumes of Baker’s Exercises for the Deaf and Dumb, and manuscript legal agreements between Baker and clients for speech therapy.

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