University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Maurice Baring:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945
Title: Maurice Baring Collection
Dates: 1879-1934, undated
Abstract: Includes manuscripts and letters written or received by Maurice Baring, the English dramatist, poet, novelist, translator, essayist, travel writer, and war correspondent. Letters from Rudyard Kipling, Violet Paget (known under the pseudonym Vernon Lee), George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, and others are present.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-0214
Extent: 3 boxes (1.26 linear feet)
Language: English, French, Greek, Latin, and Russian
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Jamie Hawkins-Kirkham, 2011

Note: This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 Articles for Encyclopaedia Britannica and National Review, proofs with handwritten corrections and revisions, 35 pages, undated. Contents: Taine, Hippolyte; Sully-Prudhomme; Racine; Sara Bernhardt's Memoirs.
1.2 Diary, handwritten manuscript, 1905-1906.
1.3 The grey stocking (play), typescript / prompt copy with handwritten revisions, mostly in Baring's hand, circa 1911. From Hanley II.
1.4 His majesty's embassy: A comedy, typescript, 87 pages, undated.
1.5 The jotter, signed handwritten manuscript, 27 pages, undated.
1.6 Manfroy, Duke of Athens, typescript with handwritten emendations, 64 pages; carbon typescript with handwritten emendations, 64 pages; both undated.
1.7 Manfroy, Duke of Athens, typed carbon and printed manuscript with heavy handwritten revisions, 73 pages, undated.
1.8 Margaret the proud lady, signed handwritten manuscript, 18 pages, undated.
1.9 La princesse Myosotis et le prince Muguet par O.M.G. (Reine de Beaute), illustré par M.B. (Son mari), privately printed booklet with watercolor and pencil illustrations by Baring, 15 pages, undated (watermark 1885). From Hanley II.
1.10 Sonnets, signed handwritten and carbon copy manuscript with revisions, 19 pages, undated. Some sonnets with more than one version.
2.1 Tristram & Iseult / labeled Tristram I, handwritten manuscript with extensive revisions, 72 pages, undated. From Hanley II.
2.2 Tristram & Iseult / labeled Tristram II, handwritten manuscript with extensive revisions, 80 pages, undated. From Hanley II.

Works 1:

2.3 Poems, 1891-1892, paste-up of printed and handwritten manuscript poems in notebook with emendations, approximately 30 pages, undated. Contents: Amico; The bridal gown too white; By the River Yealm; Daylight gloom; In London; In London (2); Fragment of a soliloquy; In Memoriam R. B.; ΚΑΛΛΙΣΤΕΨΜΑ; November 8; The nut-brown maid; An old book; On the rocks; Pastel, A spotless white-hot azure sky… ; Pastel, Hard chalk; Proserpine; Renaissance oil-colour; Sacerdoti; Song, A butterfly was weary… ; Twilight song; Water colour; Two pastels for a medieval screen; Waiting: A faery tale; Song, O! let the red and regal rose… ; Sonnet, Wind and sun.

Works 2:

2.4 Stray mss., handwritten, typed, carbon typed, and printed manuscripts with handwritten revisions, 1897-1932. Contents: C's poem to Leila; Moanin' the form of a ballade; To Pyrrha; Ballade of devastation; 1914; Translations; I fondly foolish…; Juliet; Odee a un risueñor; Lagrimas, vanas lagrimas…; It's Sidney's birthday…; Tolstoy's last work; Kite balloon conference; Elegy on the death of Maurice, the gunroom parrot in H. M. S. Barham, 1925; The soft rain which had lasted all day long… ; The black prince (excerpt); Poems (excerpts); Letter of Junius to the king, translated into Russian; Prose anecdote; Oh! Something less than words… ; The night nursery; Lessons; A song is sighing in the breeze… ; Song; Simple and sad would be the melody… ; Speech at birthday dinner; Latin verses; Sylvie and Bruno; Rosemary Ednam; miscellaneous notes, letters, printed items.


2.5 ALS to Ainslie, Douglas, 30 March 1900.
2 TL to Gosse, Edmund, Sir, 12 and 18 April 1917.
ANS to Lane, undated. Removed from 62-549.
ALS, ANS to Roberts, Kilham, 9 May 1931, 5 July 1934.
4 ALS, 3 ALI, ANI to Ward, Arnold S., 1892-1896, undated.
ALI to Willie, 21 March 1892.


2.6 Dmitriev-Mamonov, Alexsandr Ippolitovich, 1847- . 2 AL, ALS, 9 ALI to Baring, 1909-1918, undated.

Recipient 1:

Miscellaneous letters to Baring, mostly 1921-1923, and some memorabilia. Contents include:
3.1 Unidentified author. The pilgrimage of Kevlaar, translated by Benson, Arthur Christopher, typescript, undated.
Unidentified author. Song 1, Each morn I rise, and pray…, typescript, undated.
Unidentified author. There falls a star from the star-strewn sky…, typescript, undated.
Unidentified author. We loved each other, girl and boy…, typescript, undated.
Unidentified author. Genealogical chart of the Russell family, undated.
Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945. Appointment as Lieutenant in Special Reserve of Officers, Royal Flying Corps, Military Wing, signed printed form with handwritten additions, 20 October 1915.
Benson, Arthur C. 5 ALS, 9 ALI, API to Baring, 1922-1923.
Bosworth, George M. To Maurice Baring. Haunted, signed handwritten manuscript, undated.
Bosworth, George M. ALS to Baring, 12 February 1920.
Bruning, August. ALS to Baring, 7 February 1923.
Campbell, C. M. ALS to Baring, 27 December 1922.
Chesterton, G. K. ALS to Baring, undated.
Claud. ALS to Baring, 15 June 1923.
Du Peuty, TL to Baring, 18 April 1917.
Friedmann, Ella. ALS to Baring, 10 July 1921.
Gosse, Edmund William, Sir, 1849-1928. ALS, ANS to Baring, 16 April 1917, 15 November 1922.
Gogarty, Oliver St. John. ALI to Baring, undated.
Krunins?, Angus. ALS to Baring, 7 February 1923.
Dmitriev-Mamonov, Alexsandr Ippolitovich, 1847- . 18 ALS to Baring, 1921-1923.
Seymour-Hadwen, H. ALS to Baring, 17 November 1922.
Timme, Anne. 5 ALS to Baring, 1923, undated.
Trenchard, Hugh, 1873-1956. TLS to Baring, 29 December 1922.
Trim. ANS to Baring, undated.
Troubetzkoy, M. ALS to Baring, 7 July no year.
Webb, Godfrey. To Mrs. Edward Baring (after leaving Membland without writing in her visitors' book), typescript / copy, Easter 1878.
Wells, H. G., 1866-1946. 2 ALS to Baring, 26 September 1921, undated.


3.2 Unidentified author. ALS to Baring, undated. Written in Russian.
Unidentified author. ALS to Baring, 21 April 1910.
Unidentified author. ALS to Baring, 22 December 1916.
Albatross Verlag. Memorandum of agreement with Baring re C, signed printed document, 2 pages, 17 June 1933.
B. K. ALS to Baring, 13 April 1915.
3.3 Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945. Commonplace book, handwritten manuscript with additions by his mother, 1888. In French.
3.4 Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945. Extract book, signed handwritten manuscript, 1892-1893.
3.5 Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945. Selections from the English poets. Book I; Lyrical poems: Part I, handwritten manuscript, undated.
3.2 Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1864-1924. ALS to Baring, 3 October 1915.
Brewster, Harry. ALI to Baring, 25 November 1902.
Cecil, Edward Christian David Gascoyne, 1902- . To Ulysses, Eternal wanderer, grey with years and pain…, signed carbon typescript with few handwritten revisions, undated.
Cecilia. ALS to Baring, 13 February 1899.
Clarken, Jim. 2 ALS to Baring, 2 October and 4 November 1917.
Cromer, Evelyn Baring, 1841-1917. 2 TLS to Baring, 6 and 15 March 1913.
Ctentizon, P. ALS to Baring, undated.
Curzon, George Nathaniel Curzon, 1859-1925. ALS to Baring, undated.
3.6 De Morgan, William Frend, 1839-1917. ALS to Baring, 29 December 1916.
Gerald. ALS to Baring, 9 July 1915.
George V, King of Great Britain, 1865-1936. ALS to Baring, 20 October 1892. Envelope to this tipped into Recipient I.
Grey, Albert Henry George, 1851-1917. ALS to Baring, 23 August 1917.
Henderson, Ian. A man that fights for all he can…, typescript, undated.
Hutchinson, John. TLS to Baring, 30 December 1914.
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936. ANS to Baring, 10 April 1918.
Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912. 4 ALS to Baring, undated.
Nasmith, Martin, ALS to Baring, undated.
Naudeau, Ludovic, 1872- . ALS to Baring, 7 July 1911. Included with this: typed copy.
3.7 Paget, Violet, 1856-1935. 5 TL, 33 TccL to Baring, 1902-1934.
3.6 Popoff, Nicholas. ALS to Baring, 28 January 1912.
3.8 Reginald. ALS to Baring, 13 November 1899.
Shaw, George Bernard, 1856-1950. 7 TLS to Baring, 1908-1918.
Tanner, Kathleen M. ALS to Baring, 10 January no year.
Trench, Hubert, 1865-1923. ALS to Baring, undated.
Troubetzkoy, M. ALS to Baring, 10 June no year.
Victoria, Queen of Great Britain. ALS to Baring, 14 October 1892.
Ward, Mary Augusta Arnold, 1851-1920. ALS to Baring, 12 August 1918.
Wells, H. G., 1866-1946. 4 ALS, 1 APCS to Baring, undated.
Wyndham, George, 1863-1913. Vast is the space enclosed within your nave…, handwritten manuscript with AN to Baring, May 1910.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author's outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author's incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date