Grace E. Barneberg Papers, 1912-1953

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
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Grace E. Barneberg Papers

Special Collections and Archives Department



Robert E. Kennedy Library

1 Grand Avenue

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Contact Information

  • Special Collections and Archives Department
  • Robert E. Kennedy Library
  • 1 Grand Avenue
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
  • Phone: 805/756-2305
  • Fax: 805/756-5770
  • Email: archives@lib.calpoly.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.calpoly.edu/specialcollections/
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Grace E. Barneberg Papers
Date (inclusive): 1912-1953
Date (bulk): (bulk 1920s)
Collection number: MS 002
Creator: Barneberg, Grace Elizabeth, (1883-1970)
Extent: 1 document box (.5 linear feet)
Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California 93407
Abstract: Papers of San Luis Obispo civic leader Grace E. Barneberg, comprised of correspondence, organizational records, legal documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera. The collection documents her official activities as president of the Monday Club and activities in regional and statewide women's and service organizations, including the California State Hospital Libraries, San Luis Obispo Free Public Library, Board of Women's Prisons, San Luis Obispo Dental Clinic, San Luis Obispo Mitchell Park, County Health Center, and the Red Cross. Also included are Barneberg family records.

Provenance

Gift, 1981.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by appointment only. For more information on access policies and to obtain a copy of the Researcher Registration form, please visit the Special Collections Access page.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

In order to reproduce, publish, broadcast, exhibit, and/or quote from this material, researchers must submit a written request and obtain formal permission from Special Collections, Cal Poly, as the owner of the physical collection.
Photocopying of material is permitted at staff discretion and provided on a fee basis. Photocopies are not to be used for any purpose other than for private study, scholarship, or research. Special Collections staff reserves the right to limit photocopying and deny access or reproduction in cases when, in the opinion of staff, the original materials would be harmed.

Preferred Citation

Grace E. Barneberg Papers, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Biographical Note

Grace E. Barneberg (1876-1970)
Grace Elizabeth Barneberg was born in San Luis Obispo, California on September 24, 1876, the daughter of Sarah E. Barneberg (1857-1936) and John Wesley Barneberg (1851-1930). She attended San Luis Obispo High School, graduating in 1897. She received her A.B. in History from Stanford University in 1901 and a high school teaching credential from the University of California, Berkeley in 1902.
Returning to San Luis Obispo to an appointment at East Santa Fe School District teaching high school, she became a prominent organizer and member of many women's and civic improvement organizations regionally as well as throughout the state of California. Notably, she established the Monday Club in 1925, a women's organization promote civic, social and cultural welfare.
In addition to her local civic duties, Barneberg lectured throughout California on behalf of women's causes, including the Women's Prison Board and Free Public Library initiatives.
Remaining unmarried, she assisted her parents in raising her niece and nephew. She died on February 23, 1970.
Barneberg Family
John Wesley Barneberg & Sarah E. Barneberg
John Wesley Barneberg (1851-1930) was born in Iowa and arrived in San Luis Obispo in 1868. He had several business endeavors, including farming, hardware, and banking. Barneberg was a prominent financial figure in the county, having served as president and vice-president of several of San Luis Obispo banks, including Commercial Bank, and Security-First National Bank. He was elected as the City Tax Collector of San Luis Obispo in 1883.  He served on the committee to establish California Polytechnic School (1901) and in 1912 he served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He married Sarah E. Barneberg (1857-1936). They had three children: John Frederick Barneberg (1874-1935), Grace Elizabeth Barneberg (1876-1970) and Chester Harry Barneberg (1880-1944.) John W. Barneberg died in March 1930, in San Luis Obispo.
John Frederick Barneberg
John Frederick Barneberg (1874-1935), son to John W. Barneberg and Sarah E. Barneberg, was a prospector having claims in the Klondike region, Dawson City, and the Yukon Territory in Canada. He and his wife, Ruby Barneberg, had one daughter, Jane Barneberg.
Chester Harry Barneberg
Chester H. Barneberg (1880-1944) married Emelinda Estella Dana on April 19, 1901. Emelinda was the daughter of Charles William Dana (1837-1890) and Blandina Esquerra Dana (1845-unknown.) The Barnebergs had a daughter, Helen Maxine Barneberg (Vanschaick) (1901-1989) and a son, John Chester (Jack) Barneberg (1903-1977). Little is known about Chester Barneberg's occupation. He had a tragic accident in 1899, resulting in the amputation of his foot. He is noted as divorced in the 1910 census. His children were raised by his parents and his sister, Grace Barneberg.
Sources
San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune, 29 May 1897
San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune, 27 July 1897
The San Francisco Call, 5 August 1897, pg. 2
San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune, 10 February 1899
San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune, 11 June 1899
San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune, 11 June 1899
San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune, 30 July 1899
San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune, 3 August 1899
San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune, 28 July 1901
San Luis Obispo Daily Tribune, 13 March 1930
Stevens, Stanley D. A Researcher's Digest on F.A. Hihn and the Founding of California Polytechnic School at San Luis Obispo. Santa Cruz: The Hihn-Younger Archive, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz, 2001.
California Death Index (1940-1997), Ancestry.com
1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census of the United States, Ancestry.com
Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Ancestry.com
(1901). Register. University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content Note

The Grace E. Barneberg Papers contain correspondence, organizational records, legal documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera documenting the activities of San Luis Obispo resident Grace E. Barneberg. The collection documents her role as president of the Monday Club and activities in regional and statewide women's and service organizations including California State Hospital Libraries, San Luis Obispo Free Public Library, Board of Women's Prisons, San Luis Obispo Dental Clinic, San Luis Obispo Mitchell Park, County Health Center, and the Red Cross. The collection includes papers of her father, John W. Barneberg, and the Barneberg family. Donated in 1981.
Where possible, the provenance, or original organization, of the papers has been preserved. However, in order to simplify access to the collection for researchers, some materials in specific formats and topics were reorganized and refoldered to more accurately reflect their contents.
The Grace E. Barneberg Papers are divided into 3 series:
Series 1: Personal Papers 1912-1953
Series 2: Professional Papers 1918-1944
Series 3: Monday Club Papers 1924-1983
The collection is housed in one document box with the Professional Papers and Monday Club Papers containing the most extensive and unique portions of the collection.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Barneberg, Grace Elizabeth, (1883-1970)
San Luis Obispo (Calif.)--History.
San Luis Obispo County (Calif.)--History
Societies--California--San Luis Obispo.
Women in charitable work--California--San Luis Obispo
Women civic leaders--California--San Luis Obispo.
Women--California--San Luis Obispo.
Women--Societies and clubs.
Women--Suffrage.
Correspondence.
Clippings.
Documents.
Holographic notes.
Photographs.
Secondary sources.

Related Material

Related Collections:
Sinsheimer Collection 1868-1997 (MS 036)
Jack Family Papers (MS 014)
Monday Club Records (MS 087)

Collection Inventory

 

1. Personal Papers 1912-1953

Scope and Content Note

Contains 5 subseries: A. Biographical information, B. Family records, C. Correspondence, D. Photographs, and E. Booklets.
 

A. Biographical Information

Scope and Content Note

Contains reproductions of ancestry records for the Barneberg family, unarranged. 1 folder.
Box 1, Folder 1

Reproductions of census, death records, and ancestry records, for the Barneberg family.

Scope and Content Note

(John W. Barneberg Senior, Sarah E Barneberg, John R. Barneberg, Chester H. Barneberg, Grace E. Barneberg, Helen Maxine Barneberg Vanschaick, and John C. Barneberg.)
 

B. Family Records

Scope and Content Note

Contains newspaper clipping and rendering, unarranged. 2 folders.
Box 1, Folder 2

Obituary, John Barneberg March 13, 1930

Scope and Content Note

(San Luis Obispo Morning Tribune)
Box 1, Folder 3

Beach Cottage, Floor plan no date

 

C. Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence arranged chronologically, from circa 1912-1953 (gaps). 2 folders.
Box 1, Folder 4

Unattributed correspondence, Economic Aspects of the Liquor Problem circa 1912.

Box 1, Folder 5

Warren, Earl Chief Supreme Court Justice to Barneberg, Grace 1953

 

D. Photographs circa 1900-1930

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs of Grace E. Barneberg and family and local citizens of San Luis Obispo, arranged chronologically. 5 folders.
Box 1, Folder 6

Barneberg, Grace circa 1900-1930s.

Box 1, Folder 7

Barneberg, (Helen) Maxine, Marcella Fitzgerald, Mable Weathers, Helen Palmer, Helen Shipsey, San Luis Obispo 1918

Box 1, Folder 8

Chinese Parading in San Luis Obispo (copyprint) no date

Box 1, Folder 9

Vachell, Horace (?) circa 1890.

Box 1, Folder 10

Unidentified Photographs no date

 

E. Booklets

Scope and Content Note

Contains booklets, unarranged. 2 folders.
Box 1, Folder 11

Bylaws of the Mitre Club, San Luis Obispo circa 1892

Box 1, Folder 12

Eugenics: A Journal of Race Betterment, Volume II, No. 3 March 1929

 

2. Professional Papers 1918-1944

Scope and Content Note

Contains 8 subseries: A. Speeches, B. Department of Institutional Libraries, C. Free Public Library, D. Health Clinic, E. Women's Prison Board, F. World Friendship Among Children, World War II "Tea during war" and H. Red Cross.
 

A. Speeches

Scope and Content Note

Contains typescript relating to county homes for the aged with accompanying photographs relating to the topics. Unarranged, no date 3 folders.
Box 1, Folder 13

Typescript, "A Friendship Christmas" By Grace E. Barneberg, Chairman Division of Institutional Relations no date

Box 1, Folder 14

Unidentified group of men, Laval Company, Inc., Fresno no date

Box 1, Folder 15

Unidentified group of women with holographic note by Grace Barneberg "...the Dream has departed." Laval Company, Inc., Fresno no date

 

B. Department of Institutional Libraries

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and documents, unarranged. 1929. 2 folders.
Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence from Robert Rea, San Francisco Public Librarian to Grace Barneberg 1929

Box 1, Folder 17

California State Hospitals, library inventory questionnaires 1929

 

C. Free Public Library, San Luis Obispo

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and documents, unarranged. 1939-1944. 3 folders.
Box 1, Folder 18

Correspondence from W.T. Shipsey, attorney, to Grace Barneberg 1944

Box 1, Folder 19

Typescript, Poem to Mrs. Kellogg, Librarian no date

Box 1, Folder 20

Free Public Library, Annual Reports 1939-1942

 

D. Health Clinics, San Luis Obispo

Scope and Content Note

Contains documents and holographic notes, unarranged from 1921-22. 2 folders.
Box 1, Folder 21

San Luis Health Center 1921-1922

Box 1, Folder 22

Holographic notes, loan closet inventory, and work records, County Dental Clinic 1921-1922

 

E. Women's Prison Board, Tehachapi

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, unarranged from 1928. 1 folder.
Box 1, Folder 23

Correspondence and reports 1928

 

F. World Friendship Among Children

Scope and Content Note

Contains brochure and photographs, unarranged, from 1928. 2 folders.
Box 1, Folder 24

Brochure "World Friendship Among Children" New York, NY 1928

Box 1, Folder 25

Photographs, "Felix and Josephine Abcede" no date

 

G. World War II "Tea during war"

Scope and Content Note

Contains typescripts of addresses and holographic notes arranged in original order, 1941. 3 folders.
Box 1, Folder 26

Typescript, List of Officers [sic] Wives of the 40 th Division no date

Box 1, Folder 27

Typescript and holographic notes, Directory of Officers Living off Post March 28, 1941

Box 1, Folder 28

Typescript, Address List of Officers' Families Residing in the Vicinity of Camp San Luis Obispo no date

 

H. Red Cross, San Luis Obispo

Scope and Content Note

Contains programs and photographs, unarranged from 1918. 2 folders.
Box 1, Folder 29

Program, Junior Red Cross Lunch Room 1918

Box 1, Folder 30

Photographs, Red Cross parade, San Luis Obispo 1918

 

3. Monday Club Papers 1924-1983

Scope and Content Note

Contains 5 subseries: A. California Federation of Women's Club, Monday Club directory records, B. Monday Club meeting notes, C. Programs, D. Speeches, E. Mitchell Park Square, San Luis Obispo and F. Photographs.
 

A. California Federation of Women's Club, Monday Club directory records

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and documents relating to the Monday Club's request to join the California Federation of Women's Club, unarranged from 1924-1926. 3 folders.
Box 1, Folder 31

Correspondence, Lorbeer, Mrs. J.B., to Grace Barneberg 1924

Box 1, Folder 32

Correspondence, Toll, Mrs. Eleanor J., California Federation of Women's Clubs to Grace Barneberg 1924

Box 1, Folder 33

Monday Club directory listing, California Federation of Women's Clubs 1926

 

B. Monday Club meeting notes

Scope and Content Note

Contains holographic meeting notes, unarranged, 1927. 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 34

Holographic notes, Barneberg, Grace 1927

 

C. Programs

Scope and Content Note

Contains programs and typescripts of performances, unarranged, 1929, 1983. 4 folders
Box 1, Folder 35

Monday Club Building Fund card, San Luis Service Station no date

Box 1, Folder 36

Second Community Artist Series March 13, 1929

Box 1, Folder 37

"Clubhouse 50 th Anniversary" Monday Club May 22, 1983

Box 1, Folder 38

Typescripts, "Where Yesterdays Look Backward with a Smile" intermittent music to accompany a descriptive monologue, and "Street Cleaners" lyrics no date

 

D. Speeches

Scope and Content Note

Contains typescripts with holographic notes, unarranged from 1934. 2 folders.
Box 1, Folder 39

Typescript, "Address Given by Miss Grace E. Barneberg at the Convention of the California Federation of Women's Clubs, Riverside May 9, 1934

Box 1, Folder 40

Typescript with holographic notes, "Pundita Ramabai," no date

 

E. Mitchell Park Square, San Luis Obispo

Scope and Content Note

Contains documents, reports, and correspondence regarding advocacy efforts on behalf of Monday Club members to found a park in the City of San Luis Obispo. Arranged chronologically from 1927-1928. 3 folders.
Box 1, Folder 41

Motions and City agreements circa 1927

Box 1, Folder 42

Correspondence, Shepard, H. W. Professor Landscape Design, Berkeley to Mrs. Helen Latimer 1927

Box 1, Folder 43

Report on proposed site for park square in the City of San Luis Obispo, California, Monday Club 1928

 

F. Photographs, Monday Club

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs of club activities, unarranged, circa 1930s. 4 folders.
Box 1, Folder 44

Groundbreaking for Monday Club, Mrs. Jane L.T. Curtright, Grace E. Barneberg, and James Jepson, Contractor circa 1933

Box 1, Folder 45

Exterior building and rendering, Monday Club circa 1932 1934

Box 1, Folder 46

Interior building, Monday Club members no date

Box 1, Folder 47

Lower Higuera, San Luis Obispo City Limit, "Monday Club paid for the city entry sign..." no date