Scope and arrangement
The papers consist of material collected by Lester for a biography of Joseph Glover Baldwin (1815-1864), a jurist and writer. The biography does not seem to have been published and may never have been completed and the papers contain letters to Baldwin's relatives including his daughter Cornelia Baldwin Gray.
Lester collected letters, writings, which include "Flush Times of California" (1866), newspaper clippings and other items relating to Baldwin and his relatives. Included among this material are letters, 1838-1865, legal documents and photographs of Joseph Glover Baldwin and his wife Sidney White (b-d?).