Fran Baker holds an MA in Archive Administration and an MPhil in English Literature. She is now Archivist and Librarian at Chatsworth in Derbyshire. Prior to working at Chatsworth, she spent twenty-two years at the John Rylands Library in Manchester where she worked with their literary, social/political history, and born-digital archives. Whilst at the John Rylands Library she was the principal archivist of the Carcanet Press Archive, one of the most important and largest modern literary collections within the library. She was tasked with cataloguing the vast collection of paper documents of the publisher’s records and also of some of the Carcanet poets such as Grevel Lindop as well as working on a project to preserve the email correspondence of the press once the paper correspondence began to dwindle.
She was a co-founder of the Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts and a regular contributor at talks and seminars relating to literary archives in Manchester and further afield.