AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

Barker Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS ADD 260
Held at: University College London
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full title: Barker Papers
Date(s): 1895-1970 (predominant 1899-1923)
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 8 boxes
Name of creator(s): Barker | Lady | Olivia Stuart | 1894-1976 | née Horner | goddaughter of William Paton Ker
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Olivia Stuart Horner was the goddaughter of William Paton Ker and they corresponded frequently. Ker was Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at University College London from 1889 to 1922. Ker died at Macugnaga in 1923 while on a walking tour of Italy: Olivia was one of his party. Olivia married Ernest Barker in 1927 and had one son, Nicholas, and one daughter, Anne. Ernest Barker was knighted in 1944 and died in 1960. Olivia died in May 1976.


Scope and content/abstract:

The bulk of the collection consists of letters from Ker to Olivia (1899-1923). There are also a number of poems and sketches by Ker, photographs by and of Ker, and miscellaneous material relating to him. In addition there are some personal papers of Olivia and her family.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged in the following sections: correspondence (Ref: A); personal and family papers (Ref: B); poems and sketches (Ref: C); photographs (Ref: D); miscellaneous (Ref: E).

Conditions governing access:

Certain restrictions apply. The majority of this collection is open. One file may be restricted under data protection legislation. For further information please contact Special Collections.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Draft list is available on the online catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Nicholas Barker, Lady Barker's son, in 1977.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Personal Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"