Baker Collection and Research Center

Frank Baker (1910–99) served on the Duke faculty for 20 years, taking a lead in founding the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition. He continued to work with the Center for some time after his retirement in 1980. Dr. Baker was an internationally renowned authority on John and Charles Wesley, the author of 30 books and more than 200 articles ranging from scholarly volumes, such as John Wesley and the Church of England and From Wesley to Asbury: Studies in Early American Methodism, to an original collection of children’s stories.

Baker was involved from the beginning with the Wesley Works Project, serving as textual editor and Editor-in-Chief of this effort to publish the definitive edition of John Wesley’s writings.

An avid collector of books and writings on Methodism, Baker’s collection of Wesleyana and Methodistica grew in excess of 15,000 items and four tons before he started donating it, over a period of more than two decades, to the Perkins and Divinity School libraries at Duke.

Baker Collection of Wesley and Methodist Materials

The Frank Baker Collection of Wesley and Methodist materials, in the special collections of Perkins Library, is the heart of Duke University’s Wesleyan research collection. This collection contains the second largest number of Wesley publications in the world and has more than 50 titles representing the only known copies.

Baker Methodist Research Center

The Baker Methodist Research Center, with its reading room in the Divinity School Library, celebrates the life of Frank Baker and his wife, Nellie Baker. The center was established in September 1999 to serve as a focal point for future Wesley scholarship.