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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Consulted Text

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Donald Barker Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1902-1922
    Date (bulk): 1913-1914
    Collection number: HM 61461 - 61657
    Creator: Barker, Donald, 1902-1922
    Extent: 197 catalogued items and consists of Manuscripts, Correspondence (Business letters), Documents (mostly legal), and Ephemera
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    Donald Barker Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was acquired as a purchase from Mary Farrington on November 11, 1994 (Accession 1726).
    Extent of Collection
    The Collection numbers 197 cataloged items and consists of Manuscripts, Correspondence (Business letters), Documents (mostly legal), and Ephemera.
    Collection dates: 1902-1922; bulk dates: 1913-1914.
    Call numbers: HM 61461-61657.
    There are no restrictions on access.

    Biographical Note

    Donald Barker, a partner in the firm Flint, Gray & Barker, represented Bosworth Incorporated and Jack London in their suit against the Balboa Amusement Producing Company in 1913. In the suit, London, Frank A. Garbutt, and Hobart Bosworth accused the Balboa Amusement Producing Company, et. al., of infringing on London's copyrights by attempting to distribute a version of The Sea Wolf. Copyrights for all of London's other works were reviewed and their validity reestablished as well. Finally a compromise was proposed in December 1913 by which Garbutt would re-edit the Balboa version of The Sea Wolf to remove all traces of London's participation. The edited version would be distributed by Garbutt with all revenues returning to the Balboa Company and Bosworth Incorporated's version would not have to be held up any longer.

    Consulted Text

    Williams, Tony. Jack London: The Movies. (Los Angeles, CA: David Rejl, 1992).