Finding Aid for the Frank Baker papers, ca. 1928-1934

Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Lilace Hatayama, December 2011; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Frank Baker papers
Date (inclusive): ca. 1928-1934
Collection number: 1911
Creator: Frank Baker, 1892-1980
Extent: 1 flat box.
Abstract: Frank Baker was an Australian actor and stuntman in Hollywood whose career spanned from 1912 to 1970. This collection consists of ink drawings, color paintings and notes of costumes and locations he made for the films The Bushranger (1928, directed by Chester Withey) and The Lost Patrol (1934, directed by John Ford).
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Processing Note

Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Lilace Hatayama, December 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank Baker papers (Collection Number 1911). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Frank Baker was an Australian actor and stuntman in Hollywood whose career spanned from 1912 to 1970. He was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1892 and was the brother of Snowy Baker, a well-known silent film star and boxing promoter in Australia. Both men eventually settled in Hollywood in the 1920s. Over his career Frank appeared in 18 John Ford films and was considered a member of the "John Ford stock company," a group of actors who regularly worked with Ford. During the Depression Baker sent checks to 22 families on a weekly basis for Ford who wanted to remain an anonymous donor. Baker appeared in bit parts in about 100 films over his long career including Of Human Bondage (1934), The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935), Stagecoach (1939), That Forsyte Woman (1949), The Quiet Man (1952) and My Fair Lady (1964). He passed away at the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California in 1980.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of ink drawings, color paintings and notes by Frank Baker of costumes and locations for the films The Bushranger (1928, directed by Chester Withey) and The Lost Patrol (1934, directed by John Ford).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Baker, Frank, 1892-1980 --Archives.
Stunt performers --California --Los Angeles --Archival resources.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Costume and location drawings and paintings for "The Bushranger" (1928, MGM) and "Lost Patrol" (1934, RKO) 1928-1934

Physical Description: Ink drawings and color paintings. Primarily of costumes of New South Wales police and Australian Military uniforms.
Item 1

"The Bushranger" New South Wales mounted police trooper, 1865. 1928

Item 2

"Lost Patrol" British Trooper (Tropical Service) 1917. 1934

Item 3

Deane-Harding Revolver (English) 1859

Item 4

Government House, Parramatta, New South Wales

Item 5

Redman's Court Sydney 1835

Item 6

Chariot 1744

Item 7

Horse and two-wheeled carriage

Item 8

Seamen and marine

Item 9

Officer's sword, shako and saddle pouch

Item 10

British Navy Officer 1833-1845

Item 11

Suggestion for governor's costume

Item 12

New South Wales Foot Police 1897-1917

Item 13

New South Wales mounted police trooper (full dress) 1938

Item 14

New South Wales mounted police trooper 1853

Item 15

New South Wales foot police 1917-1938

Item 16

New South Wales mounted police trooper 1865

Item 17

Sketch of New South Wales mounted police trooper 1865

Item 18

New South Wales prison warder 1890-1910

Item 19

New South Wales infantry officer 1833

Item 20

New South Wales police blacktracker 1860-1908

Item 21

Infantry officer Australian military force service dress 1914-1938

Item 22

Light Horse Officer (service dress) Australian military force 1902-1914

Item 23

New South Wales mounted police officer (full dress) 1870 and Ned Kelly

General note

Image of Ned Kelly is on the reverse.
Item 24

New South Wales police inspector 1870

Item 25

Sketch of New South Wales police inspector 1870

Item 26

New South Wales mounted police trooper 1865

Item 27

New South Wales mounted police trooper 1846-1851

Item 28

New South Wales police inspector 1880-1917

Item 29

New South Wales drover 1860-1870

Item 30

New South Wales "Sundowner" (hobo) 1860-1938

Item 31

New South Wales garrison officer 1790

Item 32

New South Wales squatter

Item 33

New South Wales royal garrison artillery private 1902-1938

Item 34

New South Wales infantry officer 1898