Horner Papers

Scope and Content

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, including childrens' journals. The material predominantly dates from 1899-1923.

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.


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).

Access Information

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.

Acquisition Information

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

Other Finding Aids

Draft list is available on the online catalogue.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.