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Eugene E. Barnett papers, 1905-1970

Summary Information

Abstract

Eugene E. Barnett served as General Secretary of the Young Men's Christian Associaion (YMCA), and as the secretary of numerous committees and divisions within the YMCA in both the United States and China.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0076
Bib ID 4078928 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Barnett, Eugene E.
Title Eugene E. Barnett papers, 1905-1970
Physical Description 47.5 linear feet (112 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-113. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

Correspondence, reports, speeches, and notes dealing with Barnett's years in pre-Communist China and in Japan, his activities as a lay leader in the Methodist Church, his many functions in the International and United States YMCA, his affiliations with several United Nations and other organizations, and his personal friends and family.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-113. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Eugene E. Barnett papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Arthur Doak Barnett, 1975 & 1979.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 03/31/89.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2012-03-19 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Barnett family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Japan -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Methodists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United Nations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
YMCA of the USA Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Young Men's Christian Association -- Japan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Young Men's Christian Associations of China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Young Men's Christian associations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

History

Eugene E. Barnett (1888-1970) began his work with the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) by serving as a Secretary for the University of North Carolina Student YMCA from 1908-1910, where he was enrolled as a graduate student.

In 1910, the YMCA sent Barnett to China, where he was to remain until 1937. In China, he organized the YMCA in Hangchow, and served as its General Secretary until 1921. In 1925, became the Senior Secretary for the International Committee of the YMCA in China. He served concurrently as Associate General Secretary of the China National Committee and was also a member of the National Christian Council.

In 1937, the YMCA recalled Barnett to the United States, and he became the Executive Secretary of the International Board of the YMCA. In this role, he managed the World Services Program, and was instrumental in helping the YMCA to elimiate a substantial amount of accumulated debt.

In 1941, Barnett became the General Secretary of the National Council of YMCAs. He would serve in this position until his retirement in 1953.