Darrell Baker and Tina Arth Donation

September 2008

Collector and author Darrel Baker and his wife Tina Arth gave the library a generous donation to acquire new cylinders for the library's Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project. The money will be used to purchase recordings that the library would otherwise not be able to acquire. Mr. Baker has had a long interest in early sound recordings, significantly recordings by Scottish entertainer Harry Lauder. With Larry F. Kiner he is the author of The Sir Harry Lauder discography (Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1990) and the Encyclopedia of Egyptian Pharaohs: predynastic through twentieth dynasty (3200 B.C.-1085 B.C.) (London: Stacey International, 2008). This is Baker's second major gift to the library. He also donated his collection of Harry Lauder cylinders and discs to the UCSB Library in 2006. The Lauder cylinders have since been digitized by the library and can be listened to online at the UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive.