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Saxon Barnes papers

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Abstract

Title:
Saxon Barnes papers
Author/Creator:
Barnes, Saxon
Collection number:
91-284
Size:
1.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1889-1990
Inclusive dates:
1889-1990
Collection Area:
Literature and Rare Books
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Saxon Barnes (1902-1991) was the fourth child of Wald and Elizabeth Barnes and a brother of Djuna Barnes. He was a successful banker at Citibank for thirty-six years. The collection includes photographs, correspondence, clippings, biographical information, and printed matter. Correspondents include Andrew Field, Edith Brownman, Silas Glossop, Fran McCullough, and others. Subjects of the photographs include Djuna Barnes, Miss Barnes's family and friends, and silverpoint drawings by Thelma Wood. Most of the correspondence relates to the estate or literary works of Djuna Barnes.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Saxon Barnes papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Saxon Barnes was born on July 26, 1902. He was the fourth child of Wald and Elizabeth Barnes and a brother of Djuna Barnes. Mr. Barnes was a successful banker, working at Citibank for thirty-six years. While at Citibank, his accomplishments included securing important accounts from companies such as Shell Oil. He also became Vice President of the bank's Rockefeller Center branch. Mr. Barnes retired in the mid-1960s to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife Eleanor. An avid golfer and amateur sculptor, he died in January 1991.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers of Saxon Barnes cover the period from 1889 to 1990 and consist primarily of correspondence, clippings, and photographs. Major topics documented in the collection include the settlement and distribution of the estate of Djuna Barnes; requests for information on Miss Barnes's work; Ernst (Putzi) Hanfstaengl; Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary General of the United Nations; and requests for compensation from Fran McCullough.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Papers of Saxon Barnes were donated to the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries by Mr. and Mrs. Saxon Barnes in March 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Jennifer Pitts, July 1996. Revised August 2001.

Processing note:

A detailed inventory of the photographs was prepared and the negatives were separated from the prints. The clippings were photocopied, and the originals were discarded. Folded materials were flattened. All staples were removed and replaced with plastic fasteners. Items were placed in acid-free folders and boxes. The German calendar and two copies of the marriage certificate of Wald Barnes and Elizabeth Chappell were placed in oversize storage.

When the collection was received in 1991, the originals of the letters written by Miss Barnes to her brother Saxon were incorporated into the Papers of Djuna Barnes. Photocopies of these letters are included in the file of Saxon Barnes's correspondence with the University of Maryland.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Michael Yates, February 2006.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1917-1990 and undated (1 linear inch)

This series has been divided into two subsections.

The Correspondence of Djuna Barnes subsection contains a telegram from Wald Barnes to his daughter, Djuna, informing her of her grandmother's death; a letter from Miss Barnes to Andrew Field; and cards from Ernst (Putzi) Hanfstaengl. The Correspondence of Saxon Barnes subsection consists of correspondence Mr. Barnes received relating to his sister. It includes letters addressed to Mr. Barnes as well as copies of correspondence addressed to others, mostly relating to the settlement of the estate of Miss Barnes. His correspondents include the Authors Guild, Inc.; Mary Lynn Broe; Brout and Company; Edith Brownman; Silas Glossop; Fran McCullough; Mediums; Montgomery and Bailey; and the University of Maryland.

Major topics include requests for information on Djuna Barnes's literary work; permission to publish Miss Barnes's art work; and the settlement and distribution of Miss Barnes's estate. Also of interest is a six-page reminiscence sent to Mr. Barnes by Fran McCullough entitled "Encountering Miss Barnes."

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Djuna Barnes Correspondence -- (Wald Barnes, Andrew Field, Ernest Hanfstaengl), 1917-1979, and undated series 1box 1folder 1
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (Author's Guild, Inc.), 1984 series 1box 1folder 2
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (Mary Lynn Broe), 1990 series 1box 1folder 3
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (Brout and Company) -- [Peter Friedman], 1982-1987 series 1box 1folder 4
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (Edith Brownman), 1981 series 1box 1folder 5
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (Dunnington, Bartholow, and Miller) -- [John W. Shroyer, Warner Lowey], 1982-1987 series 1box 1folder 6
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (Silas Glossop), 1985 series 1box 1folder 7
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (Jane [?]), undated series 1box 1folder 8
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (Fran McCullough), undated series 1box 1folder 9
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (Mediums) -- [Janet Byrne], 1982 series 1box 1folder 10
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (Montgomery and Bailey) -- [James M. Montgomery], 1982-1983 series 1box 1folder 11
Saxon Barnes Correspondence -- (University of Maryland) -- [Mary Boccaccio, Donald Farren], 1982-1984 series 1box 1folder 12

Series 2: Printed Matter, 1955-1990 (5 items)

The items include a festschrift published in honor of Djuna Barnes's 80th birthday; a pamphlet published as a memorial to M. Eleanor Fitzgerald; an invitation to an exhibition entitled "Speaking in Tongues: Woman Artists and Modernism, 1900-1935" (a photograph of Miss Barnes is on the cover); a hand-colored French souvenir printed on card stock; and a 1974 German calendar given by Ernst (Putzi) Hanfstaengl to Miss Barnes.

This series is arranged alphabetically by title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Eleventh Artillery Regiment Souvenir, undated series 2box 1folder 13
Festschrift For Djuna Barnes on Her 80th Birthday, A, 1972 series 2box 1folder 14
German Calendar, undated series 2box 1folder 15
In Memory of Fitzi -- (Collection of published work about M. Eleanor Fitzgerald), 1955 series 2box 1folder 16
Invitation -- ("Speaking in Tongues: Women Artists and Modernism, 1900-1935"), undated series 2box 1folder 17

Series 3: Clippings, 1911-1986 and undated (27 items)

Some of the interesting items in this series include seven poems written by Djuna Barnes ("The Dreamer,", "Antique," "She Passed This Way," "Love Song in Autumn," "To One in Another Mood," "Quarry," and "The Walking-Mort"); reviews of books by Ernst (Putzi) Hanfstaengl (Unheard Witness [1957] and Hitler: The Missing Years [1957]); and articles and book reviews about Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary General of the United Nations.

The clippings are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clippings, 1911-1986 series 3box 1folder 18

Series 4: Biographical Information, 1889-1982 (9 items)

This series includes copies of the marriage certificate of Wald Barnes and Elizabeth Chappell; the death certificate and will of Djuna Barnes; and a Barnes family history.

The biographical information is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Biographical Information on Djuna Barnes and the Barnes Family, 1889-1982, and undated series 4box 1folder 19

Series 5: Photographs, 1899-1947 (1.5 linear feet)

Subjects of the photographs include Djuna Barnes, Ernst (Putzi) Hanfstaengl, and others. Also included are photographs of silverpoint drawings by Thelma Wood. Subjects sketched by Miss Wood include insects, giraffes, a jaguar, and a male lion.

The photographs are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Portrait of Elizabeth Chappel Barnes -- (6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Black and white. Printed on recto: "Fredericks/Broadway, N.Y./1892". Inscribed on recto: "To loving dears/Aug. 9. 92". Printed on verso: "Fredericks' Knickerbocker Family Portrait Gallery/770 Broadway/Cor. 9th Street/New York"), 1892 series 5box 2folder 1
Portrait of Elizabeth Chappel Barnes -- (8" x 5". Black and white. Photomechanical enlargement of Series V, Box 1, Folder 1 above), undated [1892] series 5box 2folder 2
Thurn and Djuna Barnes sitting on hammock in woods -- (8" x 5". Black and white. On verso: "Thurn and Djuna") , 1895 series 5box 2folder 3
Thurn and Djuna Barnes sitting on hammock in woods -- (8 1/2" x 6". Black and white. Photomechanical enlargement of Series V, Box 2, Folder 3 above), undated [1895] series 5box 2folder 4
Djuna Barnes sitting in chair at Cornwall-on-Hudson home -- (4 1/2" x 3 1/2". Black and white. On verso in pencil: "Djuna Barnes/age ? about 10 or 12 - (or 7?)/Cornwall-on-the-Hudson?" On verso in red pen: "Djuna Barnes/5 Patchin Place/N.Y. N.Y. 10011/Please return."), circa 1902 series 5box 2folder 5
Djuna Barnes sitting in chair at Cornwall-on-Hudson home -- (9 1/2" x 7". Black and white. Photomechanical enlargement of Series V, Box 2, Folder 5 above. On verso: "Djuna aged 12."), undated [circa 1902] series 5box 2folder 6
Portrait in profile of Djuna Barnes wearing necklace and white dress -- (5 1/2" x 3 3/4". Black and white with color applied by hand. On verso in black pen: "Wyndene, Hun[illegible]." On verso in blue pen: "Djuna Barnes/age about 13 years old.") , circa 1905 series 5box 2folder 7
Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl seated indoors, holding cup and saucer -- (6 1/4" x 5 1/2". Black and white. On recto: "Wien. [?]jahr 1911. Ernst Hafstaengl.") , 1911 series 5box 2folder 8
Djuna Barnes and the Millhollands sitting on front porch of house -- (3 1/2" x 5 1/2". Black and white) , 1915 series 5box 2folder 9
Djuna Barnes and the Millhollands sitting in living room -- (4 1/2" x 3 1/2". Black and white. On verso: "Inez Millholland etc and Djuna Barnes/(photo by Putzy)."), 1915 series 5box 2folder 10
Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl standing behind a seated Djuna Barnes, with the cropped shoulder of Inez Millholland[?] -- (3 1/2" x 1 1/2" fragment of larger image. Black and white. On recto: ""Putz/Inez/Djuna B." On verso: "Age about 23." Envelope that contained photograph reads: "Djuna Barnes/Patchin Place/Greenwich Village/New York City"), 1915 series 5box 2folder 11
Processed photograph depicting Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl seated at table with four reflections of himself -- (3 1/2" x 5 1/2". Black and white. On recto: "10 Mai 1915." On verso: "Ernst [illegible" Hanfstaengl."), 1915 series 5box 2folder 12
Djuna Barnes on deck of ship with unidentified woman -- (3 1/4" x 2 1/4". Black and white. On recto: "Aguitania/March 26 1929."), 1929 series 5box 2folder 13
Djuna Barnes on deck of ship with unidentified woman -- (3 1/4" x 2 1/4". Black and white. On recto: "Aguitania/March 26 1929."), 1929 series 5box 2folder 14
Portrait of Djuna Barnes -- (8 3/4" x 6 3/4". Black and white. Photograph by Carl Van Vetchen. On verso: "Always made every "sitter" negroid"), 1933 series 5box 2folder 15
Djuna Barnes standing in park[?] -- (3 3/4" x 2". Black and white. Printed on verso: "Photo Marc."), undated series 5box 2folder 16
Djuna Barnes sitting on bench holding cigarette -- (4" x 3". Black and white. On verso: "Algeir? [crossed out]/Djuna."), undated series 5box 2folder 17
Edward James and Djuna Barnes standing on bridge -- (3 3/4" x 4". Black and white. On verso: "Edward James and me in Hyde Park(?)/London 194[0?].") , circa 1940 series 5box 2folder 18
Djuna sitting on railing of a bridge(?) -- (3 1/4" x 2 1/4". Black and white), undated series 5box 2folder 19
Portrait of Helen Westley -- (8" x 6". Black and white. On verso: "Helen Westley/D Barnes/Return to 220 W14 st."), undated series 5box 2folder 20
Unidentified woman standing outside wearing white hat and dark coat -- (Black and white. 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"), undated series 5box 2folder 21
Photographic reproduction of painting of Cordelia Coker Pearson by Djuna Barnes -- (8" x 5". Color. Photograph by Peter Julie. On verso: "All rather awful/portrait finished June 5 1947 N.Y.C./5 ft by 2 ft 10 inches/by Djuna Barnes/she was drunk [crossed out] Cordelia Coker Pearson of North Carolina/she insisted/shallack it while wet/was drunk/Photo by Peter Julie 22 W57 (he was drunk)."), undated [1947] series 5box 2folder 22
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing five elephants in tall grass -- (7" x 8 1/2". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood) -- Online, undated [1927] series 5box 2folder 23
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing deer among plants and leaves -- (9 1/2" x 6 1/2". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood) -- Online, undated [1928] series 5box 2folder 24
Photograpic reproduction of silverpoint showing giraffe -- (9 1/2" x 6 3/4". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood) -- Online, undated [1928] series 5box 2folder 25
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing insect and flowers with landscape in background -- (9" x 7". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood) -- Online, undated [1929] series 5box 2folder 26
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing jaguar among trees and foliage -- (7" x 8 1/2". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood) -- Online, undated [1929] series 5box 2folder 27
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing two giraffes -- (7" x 6". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood. Signature on recto: "TE Wood/Paris 1929.") -- Online, undated [1929] series 5box 2folder 28
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing lion in jungle -- (6 1/2" x 8 1/4". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood. Signature on recto: "TE Wood/Paris 1929." On verso: "Do you think he is beautiful?") -- Online, undated [1929] series 5box 2folder 29
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing ox hitched to plow with windmill in background -- (9" x 7". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood. Signature on recto: "TE Wood/France 1929." -- Online, undated [1929] series 5box 2folder 30
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing two giraffes with flower decoration -- (7 1/2" x 8 1/4". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood. Signature on recto: "TE Wood/NYC 1929.") -- Online, undated [1929] series 5box 2folder 31
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing head of horse among carriages -- (8" x 7 1/2". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood. Signature on recto: "TE Wood/NYC 1929.") -- Online, undated [1929] series 5box 2folder 32
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing insect with lilies -- (7" x 8 1/2". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood. Signature on recto: "TE Wood/NYC 1929.") -- Online, undated [1929] series 5box 2folder 33
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing three neanderthal skeletons among foliage -- (9" x 7". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood. Signature on recto: "TE Wood/NYC 1929.") -- Online, undated [1929] series 5box 2folder 34
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing tiger among foliage -- (6 3/4" x 8 3/4". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood. Signature on recto: "TE Wood/NY 1929.") -- Online, undated [1929] series 5box 2folder 35
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing hands reaching for orchids -- (6 1/4" x 8 1/4". Black and white) -- Online, undated series 5box 2folder 36
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing bushbuck among bamboo trees -- (8 3/4" x 6 1/4". Black and white. Silverpoint by Thelma Wood) -- Online, undated series 5box 2folder 37
Portrait of Elizabeth Chappel Barnes -- (NEGATIVE. Black and white. Printed on recto: "Fredericks/Broadway, N.Y./1892". Inscribed on recto: "To loving dears/Aug. 9. 92") -- [See Series V, Box 2, Folder 1 above], undated [1892] series 5box 2folder 38
Thurn and Djuna Barnes sitting on hammock in woods -- (NEGATIVE. Black and white) -- [See Series V, Box 2, Folder 3 above], undated [1895] series 5box 2folder 39
Djuna Barnes sitting in chair at Cornwall-on-Hudson home -- (NEGATIVE. Black and white) -- [See Series V, Box 2, Folder 5 above], undated [circa 1902] series 5box 2folder 40
Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl seated indoors, holding cup and saucer -- (NEGATIVE. Black and white. On recto: "Wien. [?]jahr 1911. Ernst Hafstaengl.") -- {See Series V, Box 2, Folder 8 above], undated [1911] series 5box 2folder 41
Photographic reproduction of silverpoint showing hands reaching for orchids -- (NEGATIVE. Black and white) -- [See Series V, Box 2, Folder 36 above], undated series 5box 2folder 42

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Materials related to this collection can be found in the Papers of Djuna Barnes, Series I: Correspondence, and in the Barnes Family Papers.

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