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Guide to the Shirley Barker Papers, 1956-1960

Collection number: MC 4

Size: 2 boxes
(0.66 cu.ft.)

About Shirley Barker (1911-1965)

Shirley Frances Barker, author, editor, and librarian was born in Farmington, N.H. in 1911. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire and later received masters degrees in both English and Library Science. She wrote essays, poems, short stories, and novels and was a staff member of the Towle Writers Conference at the University of New Hampshire from 1938 to 1940. She was also editorial assistant for New Hampshire Profiles magazine. She died in 1965.

About the Shirkey Barker Papers

The collection consists of typescripts, galleys, and plate proof of three of Shirley Barker’s later novels.


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Shirley Barker Papers, 1956-1960, MC 4, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Shirley Barker, Derry, NH, July 1958 (Accession number: 23)


Collection Contents


Series I: The Last Gentleman (New York: Random House), 1960

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1-9 Typescript, with additions and corrections
Box 1, Folder 10-13 Galley proof, dated March 4, 1960
Box 1, Folder 14-17 Galley proof, dated April 11, 1960
Box 1, Folder 18-23 Plate proof, ca. 1960


Series II: Liza Bowe (New York: Random House), 1956

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 24 Pieces from the novel, including typescript of title page, and table of contents, colophon, dedication etc
Box 1, Folder 25-30 Typescript, with minor corrections
Box 1, Folder 31-33 Galley proof, dated July 23, 1956
Box 1, Folder 34-36 Galley proof, dated August 15, 1956
Box 1, Folder 37-41 Plate proof, ca. 1956


Series III: Swear By Apollo (New York: Random House), 1958

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1-6 Typescript, with additions and corrections
Box 2, Folder 7-10 Galley proof, dated November 16, 1957
Box 2, Folder 11-14 Galley proof, dated December 17, 1957
Box 2, Folder 15-21 Plate proof, ca. 1958

2 Responses to “Guide to the Shirley Barker Papers, 1956-1960”

  1. J Dennis Robinson Says:

    I just posted a detail from the cover illustration of Barker’s novel The Last Gentleman on another web page about Frances Wentworth on SeacoastNH.com. Too bad for the author that Thomas Raddall’s novel The Governor’s Lady also came out in 1960 and focused on the same topic. It would be interesting to see a comparison of the two with undated historical information.Great to find this page with info about the NH author.

  2. Barbara Krans Says:

    Being a voracious reader, my daughter gave me “I Swear by Apollo” as a gift she had found at a book sale. It is a gem of a story written with such a richness of description and fullness of character as I have ever read. Just the day before finishing the story, my own doctor celebrated his retirement. Dr. Barker has been both physician and friend over my past 33 years of my life and I wish him a wonderfilled life beyond that of his calling. I intend, now, to make this book a gift to him that he can read at his leasure.