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Saxon Barnes papers

 Collection 0020-LIT

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.


  • 1889-1990
  • Majority of material found within 1889-1990

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

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.


1.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of 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 Djuana Barnes's work; Ernst (Putzi) Hanfstaengl; Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary General of the United Nations; and requests for compensation from Fran McCullough.


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.


The collection is divided into five series.

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.

Related Material

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

Processing Information

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 Djuana 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.

Guide to the Saxon Barnes Papers
Processed by Jennifer Pitts.
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742