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Guide to the Earl Barnes Papers, 1882-1912
Stanford University Archives SC 109  
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    Title: Earl Barnes Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1882-1912
    Collection number: Stanford University Archives SC 109
    Creator: Barnes, Earl
    Extent: 2 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

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    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.


    Gift of Joseph Barnes, 1957; transferred to University Archives in 1973.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], Earl Barnes Papers, SC 109, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.


    Earl Barnes was born in Martville, New York, on July 15, 1861. He married Mary Sheldon (b. 1850) in either 1884 or 1885 while he was still in school. Barnes received an A.B. from Indiana University in 1889 and an M.S. from Cornell in 1891. He held a position as Professor of History at Indiana University in 1889. When David Starr Jordan was appointed President of Stanford University in 1891, he took Earl Barnes with him as Professor of Education. Barnes and his wife Mary Sheldon Barnes taught at Stanford until 1897, when Barnes was asked by Jordan to resign. Jordan had discovered that Barnes had been involved in an extramarital love affair, conduct which the President of Stanford University could not tolerate in one of his faculty members. Barnes and wife went to Europe, where Mary Sheldon Barnes died in 1898. In 1900 Barnes remarried; his second wife was Anna Kohler, by whom he had four children --Joseph, Howard, Bernard, and Mary. After leaving Stanford Barnes never again held a position in an American university. He was appointed staff lecturer, London Society for Extension of University Teaching for the year 1900-01, but after that supported himself as a free-lance lecturer and writer. During his later years he resided in New Hartford, Connecticut, where he died on May 29, 1935.
    His major publications are: Studies in Education, 2v. 1897 Where Knowledge Fails, 1907 Women in Modern Society, 1912 Psychology of Childhood and Youth, 1914.


    The material in this collection was part of a gift made to the Library in 1957 of books formerly belonging to Earl Barnes. Earl Barnes' son Joseph was the donor. These books and other materials, since they all dealt with education, were stored in the Education Library from 1957-1973, at which latter date 9 scrapbooks and approximately 1/2 linear feet of unbound material were transferred to the Archives.
    Seven of the nine scrapbooks deal generally with the subject of child psychology and development. They illustrate Prof. Barnes' areas of research interest (1882-1897) and contain numerous research notes and case histories, as well as some correspondence and reprints of scholarly articles. [BOXES 1-3]
    The eighth scrapbook contains clippings, correspondence, programs, etc. (1894-1896) about Earl Barnes and the California Teachers Association. The ninth scrapbook contains articles clipped from the London Daily News(1907-1908) dealing with famous British personalities. [BOX 3]
    The last group of material deals with race relations, 1892-1912. These items are not bound into a scrapbook. They consist of clippings (pasted onto sheets of paper); articles, either reprints or clipped from journals; some reviews; and some short bibliographies compiled by Prof. Barnes. Although the subject of most clippings is the status of the Black man in America, there are also clippings about Haiti and South Africa. [BOX 4]