Mr W. Barrington Baker was honorary secretary of the National Literary Society in Dublin when he lived there. The Abbey Theatre later sprang from the National Literary society. Baker was a friend of such notables as W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, George Russell, and Dr Sigerson. He was a collector of books, rare and first editions. Mr Baker also had a complete collection of Forrest Reid's works and the manuscripts for two of his books. The Barrington Baker Collection at Belfast Central Library reflects the keen interest the man had in all things literary and theatrical.
His particular interest was the theatre. The collection is quite comprehensive and comprises a wide variety of material. There are scrapbooks, books, lecture notes on Berlio,Z Chopin, Brahms, Mozart and Wagner, newspaper articles, manuscripts, postcards of his travels and newspaper cuttings, which include programmes and signed portraits of stars. There are also journals of three trips he made abroad (Italy), one of which was in the company of Forrest Reid and Rev. James Rutherford.
The strength of the collection lies in its comprehensive nature. There is a wide variety of formats to be found.
17 archival boxes and some scrapbooks.
Libraries NI have legal owership of this collection. All enquiries regarding access and permissions should be directed to Libraries NI.