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Barnard Family Papers, 1807-1969, bulk 1850-1911

Summary Information

Abstract

Correspondence, financial records, and legal documents of the Barnard family of Sheffield, Massachusetts. Frederick A. P. Barnard (1809-1889) was President of Columbia College from 1864-1889. His brother John Gross Barnard (1815-1882) was a career officer in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers who served as a Brevet Major General for the Union during the Civil War. Anna Eliza Barnard was John Gross Barnard's second wife, who raised four children and managed the family's affairs during her husband's last illness, 1879-1882. Augustus Porter Barnard, the son of John G. Barnard and his first wife, was a mining engineer.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1918
Bib ID 13086443 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Barnard family
Title Barnard Family Papers, 1807-1969, bulk 1850-1911
Physical Description 20 linear feet (31 manuscript boxes, 2 flat boxes, and 1 map case folder)
Language(s) Primarily in English, with a small amount of material in French.
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on-site.

One folder of telegrams in Box 26 is restricted for preservation purposes. Researchers must use access photocopies.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 5 series. Materials within each series are arranged chronologically.

Description

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of the Barnard family's personal correspondence amongst themselves and with extended family and friends. Publications and correspondence about scientific, engineering, mathematical, and other academic concepts appear among the effects of Frederick A. P. Barnard and John Gross Barnard. The collection also includes bills, receipts, account books, estate summaries, and correspondence with the family's property and financial managers. Legal documents, primarily consisting of materials related to the Porter family case (1884-1888) and the estates of Barnard family members, are also included.

Frederick A. P. Barnard's professional papers are not included in the Barnard Family papers. While some of the correspondence addresses topics related to his career and professional interests, the bulk of his professional correspondence is located in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's Frederick A. P. Barnard Papers.

  • Series I: Frederick A. P. Barnard, 1850-1891, 1977, 1991

    Series I is composed of Frederick A. P. Barnard's correspondence and personal materials. The bulk of the correspondence is composed of Frederick's letters to his wife, Margaret McMurray Barnard. The letters discuss issues related to university politics and administration, family issues, and Frederick's research. The majority of Frederick's correspondence from the year 1884 relates to the Porter family case. Other frequent correspondents include John G. Barnard, Sarah Gross Barnard Porter, and the Mississippi politician Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus (L. Q. C.) Lamar.

    Though Barnard was a slaveholder during his years in Alabama and Mississippi, the collection includes little reference to this fact. One exception is in a letter written to his wife on December 12, 1851. Barnard describes an incident where several students at the University of Alabama whipped an enslaved man named Moses because they suspected him of reporting one of them for "[laying] felonious hands on a turkey belonging to Dr. Manly." Other letters from 1857-1858 refer obliquely to a controversy regarding Barnard's "respect for Southern institutions" and its impact on his relationship with the University of Mississippi's trustees. Frederick's correspondence with his brother, John G., in 1860-1861 provides a firsthand account of his political leanings regarding slavery and secession, but does not address his own participation in the institution.

  • Series II: John Gross Barnard, 1823-1913, 1961

    Series II contains the correspondence of John G. (JGB) and Anna Eliza "Widie" Barnard (AEB), as well as financial records and materials related to John's professional interests. The series also includes three letters written by Jane Elizabeth Brand Barnard, John G.'s first wife, dating from 1851 and 1853.

    John G. and Anna Eliza corresponded frequently when they were apart. Their Civil War correspondence includes details about John G.'s experiences in the field, the internal politics of the Army, and contemporary political issues. It also discusses family issues, including the births and deaths of the couple's children, and the difficulties of having Confederate partisans as family members. John G. traveled extensively in Europe in 1860 and 1870, studying engineering; his letters to Anna Eliza during those years describe his studies, often with diagrams. The Barnard children wrote letters to John G. as soon as they were able to write. Their letters provide a firsthand glimpse at the interests and experiences of nineteenth century children. Other frequent correspondents include the couple's siblings; Yale mathematics professor Benjamin Peirce, publisher D. Van Nostrand, composer William Staunton, and the engineers W. P. Trowbridge and Henry Coppée.

    Financial records include deeds and other property ownership records, wills and summaries of estates in trust, bank account books, and bills and receipts for everyday expenses. Correspondence related to financial management is grouped alongside other financial records in Series II. Frequent correspondents on financial matters include S. S. Robinson, who managed John G.'s interests in the Sacramento Valley Railroad Company; Ramsay McHenry and J. Howard McHenry, who managed property left to Anna Eliza in trust by her first husband; H. M. Trueheart and Co., who managed property owned by John G. and his heirs in Texas; Frederick B. Brand, who was responsible for John G.'s property in New Orleans; and the real estate manager Thomas Hill. While deeds and other records of property acquisition and transfer are stored separately, records of property maintenance, taxes, and disputes are stored alongside other financial records from the years in which they took place.

    A small number of manuscript and professional items belonging to John G. Barnard are also included in Series II. However, the majority of his professional papers were separated from the collection and sold at auction in 2017, prior to the collection's arrival at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

  • Series III: Anna Eliza Barnard, 1880-1912

    Series III is composed of Anna Eliza "Widie" Barnard's correspondence and financial records dating from 1880 to 1912. The bulk of the materials date from 1880 through 1884. These dates correspond to the years she acted as the head of her household: during her husband John G. Barnard's last illness, and after his death on May 14, 1882. Her earlier correspondence and financial records are located in Series II.

    Topics of correspondence in Series III include John G. Barnard's illness, which seems to have had physical and mental components; the education of John G. and Widie's children, John H., Jennie, and Nannie; the travels of Barnard family members and friends; and the welfare of Christ Church in Sheffield, Massachusetts, of which the Barnard family were members. A small amount of correspondence dating from 1884 to roughly 1888 deals with the Porter family dispute, including a draft of an 1887 letter by Anna E. Barnard to the editor of the New York Times. Frequent correspondents include Charlotte Ramsay Hall, Jane Brand Barnard, Anna McHenry Barnard, Augustus Porter Barnard, John Hall Barnard, Sydney Carr Cary, Sophia McHenry Brand, Jane Margaret Carr Cary, Anna Ledoux, H. Castegrier, Mary E. Dewey, William W. R. Hall, and Jane Augusta Porter.

    Financial records in Series III document management of the Barnard family's financial and real estate assets and the distribution of John G. Barnard's estate. Records of family members' day-to-day expenses, especially those incurred during Anna E. Barnard's 1882-1883 travels in Europe, are included. The series also includes records related to the Sheffield Cemetery Association, of which Anna E. Barnard was a founding member. Correspondence related to financial management is grouped alongside other financial records in Series III.

  • Series IV: Augustus Porter Barnard, 1856-1911

    Series IV contains correspondence, financial records, and legal documents belonging to Augustus Porter Barnard, son of John G. Barnard and his first wife, Jane Elizabeth Brand Barnard. The bulk of the series relates to the Porter family case (1884-1888), a legal dispute between two of Augustus Porter Barnard's cousins, in which he intervened. Other materials include documents related to settling the estates of two other relatives, Amaron Ledoux (1885-1886) and Augusta Porter Wiggins (1904-1905), and a small amount of Augustus Porter Barnard's personal correspondence.

  • Series V: Other Barnard family members, 1807-1969

    Series V contains materials belonging to other members of the extended Barnard family. It includes early family correspondence dating from 1807 through the 1840s, mostly belonging to Robert Foster Barnard and his wife, Augusta Porter Barnard. A folder of undated speeches and writings, possibly dating from Robert Foster Barnard's tenure in the Massachusetts Senate, are also included. The remainder the series is composed of correspondence and personal materials belonging to John Hall Barnard, Jennie Barnard, and Anna "Nannie" McHenry Barnard O'Connor—children of John G. and Anna Eliza Barnard—and their families.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

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This collection is located on-site.

One folder of telegrams in Box 26 is restricted for preservation purposes. Researchers must use access photocopies.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Barnard Family Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Frederick A. P. Barnard Papers: The Barnard Family Papers includes Frederick A. P. Barnard's personal correspondence—primarily letters to his wife, Margaret, and brother, John—while the Frederick A. P. Barnard Papers comprises his professional correspondence and manuscripts. Accordingly, three boxes of professional papers were separated from the Barnard Family Papers and added to the Frederick A. P. Barnard Papers. At the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

F. A. P. Barnard Collection: A collection composed of photocopies of correspondence from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's Frederick A. P. Barnard Papers and a small group of original documents related to Frederick A. P. and John Gross Barnard. In the Archives and Special Collections of the J. D. Williams Library, University of Mississippi.

Burton Norvell Harrison Family Papers: Family papers of Burton Norvell Harrison, nephew and frequent correspondent of Frederick A. P. and John G. Barnard, and personal secretary to Confederate president Jefferson Davis. At the Library of Congress.

Carr-Cary Family Papers: The Carr and Cary families were relatives of Anna Eliza Barnard. Jane Margaret Carr Cary and her son, Sydney Carr Cary, corresponded with her frequently. At the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

Custodial History

The professional papers of John Gross Barnard were separated from the collection and sold at auction by Doyle on April 26, 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library by Ned O'Connor, a direct descendant of John G. Barnard and Anna Eliza Barnard, on December 15, 2017.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.

Papers Entered in AMC 11/26/90.

Papers processed by Celeste Brewer. Finding aid written by Celeste Brewer, March-May 2019.

Much of the collection arrived loose in boxes. Correspondence belonging to John G. Barnard and Frederick A. P. Barnard, dating from the 1850s and 1860s, arrived in 20th century office folders. All items were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Oversize items were physically separated and stored in containers of the appropriate size.

Torn or fragile items were placed in polyester sleeves, and a small number of very fragile telegrams were photocopied for preservation purposes. Some of Frederick A. P. Barnard's letters, as well as a small amount of John G. Barnard's Civil War-era correspondence, appear to have been previously attached to the pages of a scrapbook. These items were treated by Columbia University Libraries' Conservation department to remove the remaining scrapbook paper.

Separated Materials

Four boxes of Frederick A. P. Barnard's professional papers were separated from this collection and processed as an addition to the Frederick A. P. Barnard Papers.

Revision Description

2019-05-09 xml document instance created by Celeste Brewer.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"CUL Collections:"
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"ArchivedGRID"
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Histories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Wills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Barnard, Anna Eliza, 1828-1911 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barnard, Augustus Porter, 1847-1911 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barnard, Frederick A. P (Frederick Augustus Porter), 1809-1889 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barnard, J. G (John Gross), 1815-1882 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deeds Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Engineering -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families of military personnel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Insanity (Law) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Legal documents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
University of Mississippi. Presidents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard (1809-1889) and John Gross Barnard (1815-1882) were sons of Robert Foster Barnard (1784-1850) and Augusta Porter Barnard (1786-1833) of Sheffield, Massachusetts. The Barnard family was wealthy and well educated. By the mid-nineteenth century, in addition to the family property in Sheffield, they owned land in Jefferson, Louisiana; Cass and Guadalupe Counties, Texas; Niagara, New York; Arkansas; and New York City. Though they were Unionists, at least one of the Barnards—Frederick—also enslaved people.

Frederick A. P. Barnard was President of Columbia College from 1864 until 1889. Prior to his appointment at Columbia, he was a professor of mathematics, chemistry, natural philosophy, and natural history at the University of Alabama (1838-1854) and Chancellor of the University of Mississippi (1856-1860). In 1857, a controversy erupted over his acceptance of the testimony of Jane, a woman enslaved by Barnard, against that of two students who had assaulted her. He moved north at the outbreak of war. Barnard was a skilled administrator, overseeing the rapid growth of Columbia College and advocating for the education of women. He served in various other public capacities as well, including President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1866, and commissioner to the 1867 and 1878 Universal Expositions in Paris. He married Margaret McMurray (1820-1891) in 1847. They had no children. He died in New York City on April 27, 1889.

John G. Barnard was a career officer in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and an expert on the construction of coastal defenses. He led the construction of defenses at the port city of Tampico during the Mexican-American War, then succeeded Robert E. Lee as Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1855-1856). During the Civil War, he served in the U.S. Volunteers, attaining the rank of Brevet Major General. He then served as President of the Board of Engineers for Fortifications and River and Harbor Improvements until his retirement in 1881. He changed his first name from Jonathan to John in 1858. In about 1842, he married Jane Elizabeth Brand (1822-1853), with whom he had four sons: Robert Foster Barnard (1842-1844), Augustus Porter Barnard (1847-1911), William Frederick Barnard (1848-1863), and Robert Foster Barnard (1850-1853). He died in Detroit, Michigan, after a long illness, on May 14, 1882.

Anna Eliza "Widie" Barnard (1828-1911) was John G. Barnard's second wife. Born Anna Eliza Hall in Harford County, Maryland, she first married McHenry Boyd in 1847; he died shortly after their marriage. She and John married in 1860. They had three children: John Hall Barnard (1861-1936), Jane Brand "Jennie" Barnard (1862-1942), and Anna McHenry "Nannie" Barnard (1866-1939). Many of Widie's family members, including the Cary and Carr families of Virginia, were Confederate partisans, which caused some interfamilial friction during the war. Widie was a prolific letter writer. When John became incapacitated during his last illness, she managed the family's financial affairs from roughly 1880 until his death in 1882. She died in Sheffield, Massachusetts, on May 5, 1911.

Augustus Porter Barnard, known as "Porter," was the son of John G. and Jane Elizabeth Barnard. He was a graduate of the Columbia School of Mines and worked as a mining engineer in Colorado and New Mexico. He was also frequently called upon to manage issues related to his family members' financial assets and estates. In 1884, he became embroiled in a dispute between two of his cousins, Jane Augusta Porter and Frederica Porter Burrall. The dispute resulted in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom and the United States about Jane's mental competency, the validity of Jane and Frederica's late mother's will, and the Porter family's decision to transfer ownership of Niagara Falls and Goat Island to New York State. Both sisters were ultimately declared legally insane, though not before Frederica published a letter in the New York Times accusing Augustus Porter Barnard of kidnapping. After being injured in an accident, Porter left mining to work as a customs agent in New York City. He never married. He died in New York on December 26, 1911.

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Series I: Frederick A. P. Barnard, 1850-1891, 1977, 1991

Series I is composed of Frederick A. P. Barnard's correspondence and personal materials. The bulk of the correspondence is composed of Frederick's letters to his wife, Margaret McMurray Barnard. The letters discuss issues related to university politics and administration, family issues, and Frederick's research. The majority of Frederick's correspondence from the year 1884 relates to the Porter family case. Other frequent correspondents include John G. Barnard, Sarah Gross Barnard Porter, and the Mississippi politician Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus (L. Q. C.) Lamar.

Though Barnard was a slaveholder during his years in Alabama and Mississippi, the collection includes little reference to this fact. One exception is in a letter written to his wife on December 12, 1851. Barnard describes an incident where several students at the University of Alabama whipped an enslaved man named Moses because they suspected him of reporting one of them for "[laying] felonious hands on a turkey belonging to Dr. Manly." Other letters from 1857-1858 refer obliquely to a controversy regarding Barnard's "respect for Southern institutions" and its impact on his relationship with the University of Mississippi's trustees. Frederick's correspondence with his brother, John G., in 1860-1861 provides a firsthand account of his political leanings regarding slavery and secession, but does not address his own participation in the institution.



Box 33 Frederick A. P. Barnard letters to Sarah Gross Barnard, 1823 October 22, 1824 March 9


Box 33 Frederick A. P. Barnard letter to Robert Foster Barnard, 1828 April 30



Box 1 Correspondence, 1850



Box 33 Oversize correspondence, 1850



Box 1 Correspondence, 1851



Box 33 Oversize correspondence, 1851



Box 1 Correspondence, 1852


Box 1 Correspondence, 1853



Box 33 Oversize correspondence, 1853



Box 1 Correspondence, 1854



Box 33 Oversize correspondence, 1854



Box 1 Correspondence, 1855


Box 1 Correspondence, 1856


Box 1 Correspondence, 1857


Box 1 Correspondence, 1858



Box 33 Oversize correspondence, 1858



Box 1 Correspondence, 1859



Box 33 Oversize correspondence, 1859



Box 1 Correspondence, 1860


Box 1 Correspondence, 1861



Box 33 Oversize correspondence, 1861



Box 1 Correspondence, 1862


Box 1 Correspondence, 1863


Box 1 Correspondence, 1864



Box 31 Oversize correspondence, 1864



Box 1 Correspondence, 1865


Box 1 Correspondence, 1866


Box 1 Correspondence, 1867


Box 1 Correspondence, 1868


Box 1 Correspondence, 1869


Box 1 Correspondence, 1870


Box 1 Correspondence, 1871


Box 1 Correspondence, 1872


Box 1 Correspondence, 1873



Box 2 Correspondence, 1874


Box 2 Correspondence, 1875


Box 2 Correspondence, 1876


Box 2 Correspondence, 1877


Box 2 Correspondence, 1878


Box 2 Correspondence, 1879


Box 2 Correspondence, 1880


Box 2 Correspondence, 1882


Box 2 Correspondence, 1884


Box 2 Correspondence, 1885


Box 2 Correspondence, 1886


Box 2 Correspondence, 1887


Box 2 Correspondence, 1888


Box 2 Undated letters and fragments, circa 1850s-1860s


Box 2 Undated letters and fragments, circa 1870s-1880s


Box 2 Margaret McMurray Barnard correspondence with L. Q. C. Lamar, 1890-1891


Box 2 Frederick A. P. Barnard will, 1885


Box 2 Margaret McMurray Barnard will, 1889



Box 3 Burton N. Harrison University of Mississippi grade report, 1855


Box 3 Savannah, Tennessee Unionist letter, 1862 March 11


Box 3 "What Gen. Fullerton Did in Louisiana," New York Tribune clipping, 1866 June


Box 3 Bills, 1868


Box 3 Bills, 1870s-1880s


Box 3 Congressional Record, with Eads Bill debate highlighted, 1877 February 9


Box 3 Newspapers, 1880-1889


Box 3 Columbia College Alumni Association memorial book for Frederick A. P. Barnard, 1890


Box 3 Transcriptions of correspondence between Frederick A. P. Barnard and Margaret McMurray Barnard, undated


Box 3 Draft of Frederick A. P. Barnard chapter of "History of the University of Mississippi," by Frank Moak, 1977, 1989


Box 3 Stacilee Ford Hosford Teachers College doctoral dissertation, "Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard: Reconsidering a Life,", 1991

Series II: John Gross Barnard, 1823-1913, 1961

Series II contains the correspondence of John G. (JGB) and Anna Eliza "Widie" Barnard (AEB), as well as financial records and materials related to John's professional interests. The series also includes three letters written by Jane Elizabeth Brand Barnard, John G.'s first wife, dating from 1851 and 1853.

John G. and Anna Eliza corresponded frequently when they were apart. Their Civil War correspondence includes details about John G.'s experiences in the field, the internal politics of the Army, and contemporary political issues. It also discusses family issues, including the births and deaths of the couple's children, and the difficulties of having Confederate partisans as family members. John G. traveled extensively in Europe in 1860 and 1870, studying engineering; his letters to Anna Eliza during those years describe his studies, often with diagrams. The Barnard children wrote letters to John G. as soon as they were able to write. Their letters provide a firsthand glimpse at the interests and experiences of nineteenth century children. Other frequent correspondents include the couple's siblings; Yale mathematics professor Benjamin Peirce, publisher D. Van Nostrand, composer William Staunton, and the engineers W. P. Trowbridge and Henry Coppée.

Financial records include deeds and other property ownership records, wills and summaries of estates in trust, bank account books, and bills and receipts for everyday expenses. Correspondence related to financial management is grouped alongside other financial records in Series II. Frequent correspondents on financial matters include S. S. Robinson, who managed John G.'s interests in the Sacramento Valley Railroad Company; Ramsay McHenry and J. Howard McHenry, who managed property left to Anna Eliza in trust by her first husband; H. M. Trueheart and Co., who managed property owned by John G. and his heirs in Texas; Frederick B. Brand, who was responsible for John G.'s property in New Orleans; and the real estate manager Thomas Hill. While deeds and other records of property acquisition and transfer are stored separately, records of property maintenance, taxes, and disputes are stored alongside other financial records from the years in which they took place.

A small number of manuscript and professional items belonging to John G. Barnard are also included in Series II. However, the majority of his professional papers were separated from the collection and sold at auction in 2017, prior to the collection's arrival at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.



Box 4 Letter to Sarah Gross Barnard, 1823


Box 4 Jane Elizabeth Brand Barnard correspondence, 1851, 1853


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1854


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1855 January-March


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1855 April-June


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1855 July-September


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1855 October-December


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1856 January-March


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1856 April-June


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1856 July-September


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1856 October-December


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1857 January-June


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1857 July-December


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1858 January-December


Box 4 AEB correspondence, 1859 January-December


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1859 January-December



Box 31 Frederick B. Brand letter to Augustus Porter Barnard, 1859 August 9



Box 4 AEB correspondence, 1860 January-June


Box 4 AEB correspondence, 1860 July-December


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1860 January-June


Box 4 JGB correspondence, 1860 July-December



Box 5 AEB correspondence, 1861 January-December


Box 5 JGB correspondence, 1861 January-June



Box 33 Burton N. Harrison letter to JGB, 1861 April 5



Box 5 JGB correspondence, 1861 July-December


Box 5 AEB correspondence, 1862 January-April


Box 5 AEB correspondence, 1862 May


Box 5 AEB correspondence, 1862 June-August


Box 5 AEB correspondence, 1862 September-December


Box 5 JGB correspondence, 1862 January-June


Box 5 JGB correspondence, 1862 July-December


Box 5 AEB correspondence, 1863 January-December


Box 5 JGB correspondence, 1863 January-December



Box 6 AEB correspondence, 1864 January-December


Box 6 JGB correspondence, 1864 January-March


Box 6 JGB correspondence, 1864 April-June


Box 6 JGB correspondence, 1864 July-September


Box 6 JGB correspondence, 1864 October-December



Box 33 JGB oversized correspondence, 1864 January 17, August 30, September 26



Box 6 AEB correspondence, 1865 January-December


Box 6 JGB correspondence, 1865 January-June


Box 6 JGB correspondence, 1865 July-December


Box 6 AEB correspondence, 1866 January-December


Box 6 JGB correspondence, 1866 January-December


Box 6 AEB correspondence, 1867 January-December


Box 6 JGB correspondence, 1867 January-December


Box 6 AEB correspondence, 1868 January-December


Box 6 JGB correspondence, 1868 January-December



Box 7 AEB correspondence, 1870 January-December


Box 7 JGB correspondence, 1870 January-December


Box 7 AEB correspondence, 1871 January-December


Box 7 JGB correspondence, 1871 January-December


Box 7 AEB correspondence, 1872 January-December


Box 7 JGB correspondence, 1872 January-December


Box 7 AEB correspondence, 1873 January-December


Box 7 JGB correspondence, 1873 January-December



Box 8 AEB correspondence, 1874 January-December


Box 8 JGB correspondence, 1874 January-December


Box 8 AEB correspondence, 1875 January-December


Box 8 JGB correspondence, 1875 January-December


Box 8 AEB correspondence, 1876 January-December


Box 8 JGB correspondence, 1876 January-December



Box 9 AEB correspondence, 1877 January-December


Box 9 JGB correspondence, 1877 January-December


Box 9 AEB correspondence, 1878 January-December


Box 9 JGB correspondence, 1878 January-December



Box 10 AEB correspondence, 1879 January-December


Box 10 JGB correspondence, 1879 January-December


Box 10 AEB correspondence, circa 1870s


Box 10 JGB correspondence, circa 1870s


Box 10 Calling cards, undated



Box 31 JGB baptism certificate, 1853 June 26



Box 33 "Estimate for bringing the water in through the present line of works, completing the tunnel through Telegraph Hill, but making no other tunnels or embankments except through Russian Hill", 1864



Box 11 List of maps of Confederate fortifications, circa 1865


Box 11 Abstract of the Minutes of the National Academy of Sciences (copy), 1865 January


Box 11 Mathematical problem sent to JGB by Frederick A. P. Barnard, circa 1870s



Mapcase 15-J-14 Appleton's Railway Map of the United States and Canada, 1871



Box 31 "Problems of Rotary Motion Presented by the Gyroscope, the Precession of the Equinoxes, and the Pendulum,", 1871 October



Box 11 List of Century Club civil engineers, 1872


Box 11 "Curves showing high and low water at South Pass, La. Light House,", 1875 August-October


Box 11 Note on the Greenwich Observation of 1836, 1876



Box 31 "Problems of Rotary Motion Presented by the Gyroscope, the Precession of the Equinoxes, and the Pendulum," with new addendum and revised page 34, 1877



Box 11 "Strain on Arches" specification, 1877


Box 11 Notebook from a survey of sites for the U.S. Naval Observatory, 1878



Box 31 Notes on sites for the U.S. Naval Observatory, 1879



Box 11 Map of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, 1879


Box 11 "On the relation between the inclination made by Rodman's pressure gauge and the maximum pressure of the powder gases" manuscript, undated


Box 11 Recapitulation (calculations about concrete in a fort), undated


Box 11 JGB indexes by topic, undated


Box 11 Untitled partial manuscript by JGB, undated


Box 11 "Palm Sunday" tracts by J. B. Barnard, undated


Box 11 Religious tracts, undated


Box 11 List of papers found among Gen'l Barnard's records and transmitted by [unclear], perhaps, of value for preservation in the files of the War Department., undated, Stained, torn, and heavily faded document.



Box 12 Letters on financial issues, undated


Box 12 Auction receipt, circa 1850s



Box 33 JGB will, 1853 November 26



Box 12 Bills, 1857


Box 12 Receipts, 1860


Box 12 Bills and financial correspondence, 1861


Box 12 Bills and financial correspondence, 1862



Box 33 JGB oversized financial correspondence, 1862 February 27



Box 12 Bills and financial correspondence, 1863


Box 12 Bills and financial correspondence, 1864


Box 12 Bills and financial correspondence, 1865


Box 12 Bills and financial correspondence, 1866


Box 12 JGB Chatham Bank account book, 1866


Box 12 Bills and financial correspondence, 1867


Box 12 Bills and financial correspondence, 1868


Box 12 Bills, 1869


Box 12 Bills and financial correspondence, 1870



Box 13 Bills and financial correspondence, 1871



Box 33 AEB trust account statement, 1871 July 1



Box 13 Bills and financial correspondence, 1872


Box 13 Bills and financial correspondence, 1873


Box 13 Bills and financial correspondence, 1874


Box 13 Bills, 1875


Box 13 Bills and financial correspondence, 1876


Box 13 Bills and financial correspondence, 1877



Box 32 AEB trust account statement, 1877 January 1



Box 13 Bills and financial correspondence, 1878


Box 13 Financial correspondence, 1879


Box 13 Peoples Bank, 1879-1881


Box 13 JGB retirement pay, 1881


Box 13 Power of attorney, 1852 January 9


Box 13 Texas property, 1859, 1875-1913, 1961



Box 33 Texas property map, 1877



Box 31 Texas property map, 1901



Box 13 Sheffield, Massachusetts land deeds, circa 1870s


Box 13 Jefferson, Louisiana property, 1871



Box 32 Arkansas property deeds, 1846-1876



Box 13 Arkansas property, 1875-1876


Box 13 List of household items, undated

Series III: Anna Eliza Barnard, 1880-1912

Series III is composed of Anna Eliza "Widie" Barnard's correspondence and financial records dating from 1880 to 1912. The bulk of the materials date from 1880 through 1884. These dates correspond to the years she acted as the head of her household: during her husband John G. Barnard's last illness, and after his death on May 14, 1882. Her earlier correspondence and financial records are located in Series II.

Topics of correspondence in Series III include John G. Barnard's illness, which seems to have had physical and mental components; the education of John G. and Widie's children, John H., Jennie, and Nannie; the travels of Barnard family members and friends; and the welfare of Christ Church in Sheffield, Massachusetts, of which the Barnard family were members. A small amount of correspondence dating from 1884 to roughly 1888 deals with the Porter family dispute, including a draft of an 1887 letter by Anna E. Barnard to the editor of the New York Times. Frequent correspondents include Charlotte Ramsay Hall, Jane Brand Barnard, Anna McHenry Barnard, Augustus Porter Barnard, John Hall Barnard, Sydney Carr Cary, Sophia McHenry Brand, Jane Margaret Carr Cary, Anna Ledoux, H. Castegrier, Mary E. Dewey, William W. R. Hall, and Jane Augusta Porter.

Financial records in Series III document management of the Barnard family's financial and real estate assets and the distribution of John G. Barnard's estate. Records of family members' day-to-day expenses, especially those incurred during Anna E. Barnard's 1882-1883 travels in Europe, are included. The series also includes records related to the Sheffield Cemetery Association, of which Anna E. Barnard was a founding member. Correspondence related to financial management is grouped alongside other financial records in Series III.



Box 14 Correspondence, 1880 January


Box 14 Correspondence, 1880 February


Box 14 Correspondence, 1880 March


Box 14 Correspondence, 1880 April


Box 14 Correspondence, 1880 May



Box 15 Correspondence, 1880 June


Box 15 Correspondence, 1880 July


Box 15 Correspondence, 1880 August


Box 15 Correspondence, 1880 September


Box 15 Correspondence, 1880 October


Box 15 Correspondence, 1880 November


Box 15 Correspondence, 1880 December


Box 15 Correspondence (no month), 1880



Box 16 Correspondence, 1881 January


Box 16 Correspondence, 1881 February


Box 16 Correspondence, 1881 March


Box 16 Correspondence, 1881 April



Box 17 Correspondence, 1881 May


Box 17 Correspondence, 1881 June


Box 17 Correspondence, 1881 July


Box 17 Correspondence, 1881 August



Box 18 Correspondence, 1881 September


Box 18 Correspondence, 1881 October


Box 18 Correspondence, 1881 November


Box 18 Correspondence, 1881 December


Box 18 Correspondence (no month), 1881



Box 33 William W. R. Hall letter, 1881 December 22



Box 19 Correspondence, 1882 January


Box 19 Correspondence, 1882 February


Box 19 Correspondence, 1882 March


Box 19 Correspondence, 1882 April


Box 19 Correspondence, 1882 May



Box 20 Correspondence, 1882 June


Box 20 Correspondence, 1882 July


Box 20 Correspondence, 1882 August


Box 20 Correspondence, 1882 September


Box 20 Correspondence, 1882 October


Box 20 Correspondence, 1882 November


Box 20 Correspondence, 1882 December


Box 20 Correspondence (no month), 1882



Box 31 Plan for a grave marker for John G. Barnard, circa 1882



Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 January


Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 February


Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 March


Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 April


Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 May


Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 June


Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 July


Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 August


Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 September


Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 October


Box 21 Correspondence, 1883 December


Box 21 Correspondence (no month), 1883


Box 21 Correspondence, 1884 January-March


Box 21 Correspondence, 1884 April-June


Box 21 Correspondence, 1884 July-September


Box 21 Correspondence, 1884 October-December



Box 22 Correspondence, 1885


Box 22 Correspondence, 1886


Box 22 Correspondence, 1887


Box 22 Correspondence, 1888


Box 22 Correspondence, 1889


Box 22 Correspondence, 1891


Box 22 Correspondence, 1895


Box 22 Correspondence, 1896


Box 22 Correspondence, 1897


Box 22 Correspondence, 1898


Box 22 Correspondence, 1902


Box 22 Correspondence, 1903


Box 22 Correspondence, 1907


Box 22 Correspondence, 1909


Box 22 Correspondence, undated



Box 23 Anna E. Hall confirmation certificate, 1846


Box 23 Tithes, 1859-1861


Box 23 Bills and financial correspondence, 1880



Box 31 Values of china purchased and used in Dresden, circa 1880-1884



Box 23 Bills and financial correspondence, 1881


Box 23 Anna E. Barnard power of attorney and committee appointment for John G. Barnard, 1881-1882


Box 23 Bills and financial correspondence, 1882



Box 24 Bills and financial correspondence, 1883



Box 32 Trust Estate of Mrs. Anna E. Barnard, 1883 January 1, 1886 September 1



Box 24 Bills and financial correspondence, 1884


Box 24 Bills and financial management, 1885


Box 24 Bills, 1886


Box 24 Lease to Rebecca Lennist, 1886


Box 24 Financial correspondence, 1887


Box 24 Financial correspondence, 1888


Box 24 Bills and financial correspondence, 1889


Box 24 Financial correspondence, 1890



Box 31 Mercantile Trust account statement, 1890



Box 24 Bills, 1891


Box 24 Bills, 1892


Box 24 Bills, 1893


Box 24 Bills and financial correspondence, 1894


Box 24 Bills, 1895


Box 24 Bills, 1896


Box 24 Bills and financial correspondence, 1897


Box 24 Bills and financial correspondence, 1900


Box 24 Bills and financial correspondence, 1901


Box 24 Correspondence about Anna Eliza Barnard's will, 1902


Box 24 Bills, 1903


Box 24 Financial correspondence, 1905


Box 24 Correspondence about William B. and Sophia McHenry Brand's wills, 1907, 1910


Box 24 Declaration for Widow's Pension form, 1908


Box 24 Bills and financial correspondence, 1910


Box 24 Anna Eliza Barnard will, 1911


Box 24 Bills, undated


Box 24 Sheffield Cemetery Association, 1885-1912


Box 24 Bills and receipts for cemetery fence, 1888-1890


Box 24 Cemetery Association bills, 1890


Box 24 Charlotte R. Hall account book, undated

Series IV: Augustus Porter Barnard, 1856-1911

Series IV contains correspondence, financial records, and legal documents belonging to Augustus Porter Barnard, son of John G. Barnard and his first wife, Jane Elizabeth Brand Barnard. The bulk of the series relates to the Porter family case (1884-1888), a legal dispute between two of Augustus Porter Barnard's cousins, in which he intervened. Other materials include documents related to settling the estates of two other relatives, Amaron Ledoux (1885-1886) and Augusta Porter Wiggins (1904-1905), and a small amount of Augustus Porter Barnard's personal correspondence.



Box 25 Correspondence, 1856


Box 25 Correspondence, 1857


Box 25 Correspondence, 1861


Box 25 Correspondence, 1868


Box 25 Correspondence, 1871


Box 25 Correspondence, 1872


Box 25 Correspondence, 1873


Box 25 Correspondence, 1877


Box 25 Correspondence, 1878


Box 25 Correspondence, 1888


Box 25 Correspondence, 1889


Box 25 Correspondence, 1897


Box 25 Correspondence, 1909


Box 25 Correspondence and fragments, undated


Box 25 Amaron Ledoux estate, circa 1885


Box 25 Augusta P. Wiggins estate, 1904-1905


Box 25 Augustus Porter Barnard obituary, 1911



Box 27 Porter family correspondence, 1863-1881


Box 27 Porter family correspondence, 1883


Box 27 Porter family correspondence, 1884


Box 27 Letters concerning matters pertaining to the Estate of A. S. Porter, 1884


Box 27 Porter family correspondence, undated


Box 27 Porter family bills, 1876


Box 27 Porter family bills, 1877


Box 27 Porter family bills, 1878


Box 27 Porter family bills, 1879


Box 27 Porter family bills, 1880


Box 27 Porter family bills, 1881


Box 27 Porter family bills, 1882


Box 27 Porter family bills, 1883


Box 27 Porter family bills, 1884


Box 27 Porter family bills, undated



Box 26 Telegrams (access photocopies), 1884-1885


Box 26 Telegrams (originals), 1884-1885

Fragile; closed to researchers. Use access photocopies.


Box 26 Augustus Porter Barnard Porter family case correspondence, 1884


Box 26 Augustus Porter Barnard Porter family case correspondence, 1885


Box 26 Augustus Porter Barnard Porter family case correspondence, 1886



Box 28 Augustus Porter Barnard Porter family case correspondence, 1887


Box 28 Augustus Porter Barnard Porter family case correspondence, 1888


Box 28 Augustus Porter Barnard expenses, 1884-1885


Box 28 Augustus Porter Barnard expenses, 1885-1886


Box 28 Porter family case receipts and expenses, 1884-1886


Box 28 Sarah Gross Porter and Jane Augusta Porter assets, 1884-1885


Box 28 Jane Augusta Porter fire insurance policy, 1882


Box 28 Jane Augusta Porter mortgage deed, 1886


Box 28 News clippings, 1884-1887


Box 28 Dublin Gazette, 1886 August 17


Box 28 Stephen Porter-Burrall obituary, 1896


Box 28 Porter estate, 1907-1910



Box 29 Copies of letters regarding the mental competency of Sarah Gross Porter and Jane Augusta Porter, 1884


Box 29 Copies of letters filed in the Office of the Niagara County Clerk by Frederica Porter Burrall, 1884


Box 29 Statements to the Lunacy Commission, 1885-1886


Box 29 Jane Augusta Porter Power of Attorney to Frederica Porter Burrall, before 1884


Box 29 Sarah Gross Porter and Jane Augusta Porter revocations of Powers of Attorney to Frederica Porter Burrall, 1884


Box 29 Sarah Gross Porter and Jane Augusta Porter Powers of Attorney to Augustus Porter Barnard, 1884-1885


Box 29 Jane Augusta Porter will, 1885


Box 29 Sarah Gross Porter will, 1885


Box 29 Sarah Gross Porter death certificate, 1885


Box 29 Frederica Porter Burrall objection to Sarah Gross Porter will, 1885


Box 29 Frederica Porter Burrall Memorial to the Lord Chancellor, 1885


Box 29 Frederica Porter Burrall Memorial to the Lord Chancellor, with correspondence, 1885-1886


Box 29 Copies of Frederica Porter Burrall correspondence, 1885-1886


Box 29 Frederica Porter Burrall affidavits, 1885



Box 31 Sarah Dillon affidavit, 1885



Box 29 John Simpson affidavit, 1886


Box 29 Margaret McMurray Barnard affidavit, 1886


Box 29 Supreme Court, Niagara County Summons, 1886


Box 29 Frederica Porter Burrall affidavit, 1907

Series V: Other Barnard family members, 1807-1969

Series V contains materials belonging to other members of the extended Barnard family. It includes early family correspondence dating from 1807 through the 1840s, mostly belonging to Robert Foster Barnard and his wife, Augusta Porter Barnard. A folder of undated speeches and writings, possibly dating from Robert Foster Barnard's tenure in the Massachusetts Senate, are also included. The remainder the series is composed of correspondence and personal materials belonging to John Hall Barnard, Jennie Barnard, and Anna "Nannie" McHenry Barnard O'Connor—children of John G. and Anna Eliza Barnard—and their families.



Box 30 Augusta Barnard letters and bill, 1807, 1826, undated


Box 30 Charlotte Ramsay and Henry Hall letters, 1819-1820


Box 30 Sarah Gross Barnard letters, 1822-1823



Box 33 Robert Foster Barnard letters to Sarah Gross Barnard, 1822-1824



Box 30 Joshua Porter letter to Peter B. Porter, 1830



Box 33 Robert Foster Barnard letter to Augusta Barnard and children, 1832 January 29



Box 30 Robert Foster Barnard letter to Augustus S. Porter, 1840 February 22



Box 33 J. B. H. Smith letter to J. L. Smith, 1840 March 6



Box 30 News clippings collected by Robert Foster Barnard, 1843-1844, undated


Box 30 Robert Foster Barnard letters, 1843-1844


Box 30 Robert Foster Barnard family correspondence, 1846, 1849


Box 30 Robert Foster Barnard will, 1850


Box 30 Harrison Blackmer warranty deed to Eliza M. Mansfield, 1850

Witnessed by Robert Foster Barnard.


Box 30 Berkshire Bar resolution in memory of Robert Foster Barnard, 1851


Box 30 Joseph Barnard headstone drawing, undated


Box 30 Sophia McHenry Brand will, 1870, 1901


Box 30 William F. Brand will, 1893


Box 30 John Hall Barnard sketchbook, 1878


Box 30 Photograph of John Hall Barnard, 1889


Box 30 John Hall Barnard correspondence, 1911, 1931, 1935, undated


Box 30 "Judge Augustus Porter and the 'Niagara Frontier'" manuscript by John Hall Barnard, 1924


Box 30 "Judge Augustus Porter and the 'Niagara Frontier'" by John Hall Barnard, 1924


Box 30 Jennie Barnard correspondence, 1881


Box 30 Pastel drawing of B. F. O'Connor with fencing foil, circa 1889


Box 30 "Held Up" short story manuscript by B. F. O'Connor, undated


Box 30 Anna Barnard O'Connor correspondence, 1894-1933, undated


Box 30 O'Connor family correspondence, 1915-1925, 1933


Box 30 Photographs and postcards of Worcestershire, 1926


Box 30 Photographs, undated


Box 30 Lee/Barnard clock photographs, 1967

Photographs of a clock owned by John G. Barnard and Robert E. Lee during their respective terms as Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


Box 30 "Seeds in Good Ground," centennial history of Christ Church, Sheffield, Massachusetts, 1969