Bauer, Michael G., (1842?-1919) Papers, 1878-1926

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Bauer, Michael G., 1842?-1919

Title: Papers, 1878-1926

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 1 cubic foot

Location Number: Mss./A/B344

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains business and personal correspondence as well as other business-related documents. Also included are diaries kept for business purposes that record Bauer’s movements, interactions, accounts and expenditures, mail sent and received, as well as his personal opinions of people he has met while traveling. The bulk of these documents and diaries pertain to Bauer’s time served as a member of the U.S. Secret Service, however later documents involve Bauer’s work after he established his own investigative agency in Louisville, Kentucky.

Biographical Note

Born in 1842 in Germany, Michael Bauer immigrated to the United States. Living in Kentucky, Bauer worked for the Pinkerton Investigative Agency and then joined the United States Secret Service. In 1894, Bauer became proprietor and operator of the Bauer Detective Agency in Louisville, Kentucky. Most of his detective work involved cases in counterfeiting and gambling. Michael Bauer died in October 1919.

Folder List

Folder 1: Correspondence, 1878-1879

Folder 2: Correspondence, 1880-1881

Folder 3: Correspondence, 1882-1883

Folder 4: Correspondence, 1884-1885

Folder 5: Correspondence, 1887-1888

Folder 6: Correspondence, 1889-1890

Folder 7: Correspondence, 1891-1892

Folder 8: Correspondence, 1893

Folder 9: Correspondence, 1894

Folder 10: Letters of Well Wishes at Opening of Detective Agency – Correspondence 1894

Folder 11: Correspondence, 1895-1896

Folder 12: Correspondence, 1897-1898

Folder 13: Letters of Congratulations for Services of Merit – Correspondence 1873-1891

Folder 14: Miscellaneous

Folder 15: Diary, 1876

Folder 16: Diary, 1878

Folder 17: Diary, 1879

Folder 18: Diary, 1880

Folder 19: Diary, 1881

Folder 20: Diary, 1882

Folder 21: Diary, 1883

Folder 22: Diary, 1884

Folder 23: Diary, 1885

Folder 24: Diary, 1886

Folder 25: Diary, 1888

Folder 26: Diary, 1889

Folder 27: Diary, 1891

Folder 28: Diary, 1892

Folder 29: Diary, 1893

Folder 30: Personal Expense and Business Account Book, 1880-1892

Folder 31: Miscellaneous (Oversize)

Subject Headings

Bauer Detective Agency (Louisville, Ky.)

Bauer, Michel G.

Counterfeits and counterfeiting – United States


Criminology – United States

Detectives – United States

Pinkertons National Detective Agency

Presidents – Inauguration

Private investigators – United States

Railroads – United States

United States. Secret Service

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