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

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.

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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