Finding Aid for the George Barnes Collection, 1919-1926
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Title: George Barnes Papers
Date (inclusive): 1919-1926
Collection number: 282
Creator: Barnes, George
Extent: 2 boxes (.5 linear ft.) 1 flat box (1.0 linear ft.)
Abstract: George Barnes was a popular West Coast stock performance actor during the 1920s. The collection consists of photographs, clippings,
correspondence, scrapbook and ephemera related to his career.
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[Identification of item], George Barnes Collection (Collection 282). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, UCLA.
George Barnes was born in the late 1800's in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was popular in West Coast stock performances during
the 1920s. He performed in groups such as the President Players and the Wilkes Players. He had aspirations of performing on
Broadway, but made it only as far as Washington D.C. before resuming his career on the West Coast. Barnes died on November
18, 1949 in Hollywood, California.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, and one scrapbook, related to the
career of stage actor George Barnes. The small amount of correspondence is a mixture of
professional and personal communications including telegrams of well wishes for theater appearances.
The memorabilia is programs, playbills, and other printed ephemera collected by and or related to
Barnes. The bulk of the photographs include images of Barnes and unidentified cast
members (from unidentified stage productions), along with a small number of photographs that
appear to be personal in nature. The fragile scrapbook of clippings includes reviews and publicity for
various West Coast theater productions, the majority being from Colorado performance, including
Petite Darling, and
The Meanest Man in the World. The bulk of the collection dates between 1919 and 1926. The folder titles were created by the processor.
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- Series 1: Correspondence (Box 1, 1920-1926)
- Series 2: Memorabilia (Box 3, ca. 1919-1926)
- Series 3: Photographs (Box 2-3, ca. early to mid-1920s)
- Series 4: Scrapbook and Clippings (Box 3, 1919-1920s)
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Genres and Forms of Material
Series 1: Correspondence (Box 1, 1920-1926)
Scope and Content Note
This small series includes a mixture of professional and personal communications. The professional
communications appear to be related to bookings and/or professional activities such as fan mail and
telegrams of well wishes for theater appearances. The personal correspondence includes letters
concerning Barnes' separation from his wife, Susie M. Barnes. The files are arranged into four folders:
Business letters, Fan letters, Personal correspondence, and Telegrams. The files are arranged
alphabetically by folder title and the correspondence within each file is arranged chronologically.
Business letters to George Barnes
Fan letters to George Barnes
1920, 1923, 1926
Personal correspondence to George Barnes
With 2 letters pertaining George Barnes's divorce from Susie M. Barnes.
Telegrams to George Barnes
Mostly well wishes for theater appearances including the Alcazar Theatre in San
Fransico, CA, and President Theatre, DC.
Series 2: Memorabilia (Box 3, ca. 1919-1926)
Scope and Content Note
This series includes a small number of programs, playbills, and other printed ephemera collected by and
in some cases related to Barnes. Most of the memorabilia is playbills and printed ephemera related to
the Savoy Players and the Wilkes Players (at the Denham Theatre); some with listings for and/or illustrations
of Barnes. Additionally, there are two drawings that appear to be mock-ups for publicity. Only one of the
drawings is identified as being for A Voice in the Dark.
Advertisement for Dufor Boys
Printed image of Barnes and partner as Dufor Boys.
Calling cards collected by Barnes
Drawings of George Barnes (2 oversize items)
Appears to be mock ups for publicity.
Playbill for Actor's Memorial Benefit
1919 Dec 5
Playbills collected by Barnes
ca. 1919, no date
Do not appear to related to Barnes' appearances.
Playbills and printed ephemera for Wilkes Players with listings for and occasional
illustrations of Barnes
Playbills mostly from Deham Theatre Colorado: A Tailor-Made Man, Adam and Eva, If I
Were King, The Commanding Officer, The Ghost Between, The Marriage of Kitty, The Ouija Board,
and The Walk Offs. Advertisements (on the back of menus) for Broken Thread and Where the
Playbills for Wilkes Players
One is titled Review Season 1918-1919 of the Wilkes Players (and mentions Barnes).
The other is titled, Wilkes Players Casts 1920-1921. One mention of Barnes.
Programs for Savoy Players with listings for Barnes
Only 38, In Love with Love, Kiki, and The Witch Doctor. With a hand laundry receipt for
Barnes at the Savoy Theater.
Publication for Fullers Courier
Series 3: Photographs (Box 2-3, ca. early to mid-1920s)
Scope and Content Note
The majority of the photographs appear to be career related and they include a small amount of
professional portraits of Barnes, a small number of professional photographs of cast members, and a
number of small snapshots of Barnes and other performers (in costume). Additionally, there is a small
number of group shots believed to be the Savoy Players. The photographs are not identified and it is
unknown what productions they are from. Also included is a small amount of unidentified photographs
which appear personal in nature. Since the photographs are not identified, there is no specific
George Barnes - duplicate photographs of head shots found in collection
George Barnes - portrait-like photographs (21 items)
Mostly professional headshots of Barnes.
George Barnes - portrait-like photographs (6 oversize items)
George Barnes and Mrs. [W?] Barnes (1 item)
George Barnes and others - possibly personal in nature (23 items)
Small unlabeled photographs of unidentified people. Some shots appear to be or
George Barnes and unidentified performers snapshots (131 items)
Snapshot size photographs of Barnes and other performers in costume. Performance(s)
Photographs of [perfomers] (5 oversize items)
Most of the photographs are inscribed to G.B.
Photographs of [performers] all unidentified (7 items)
Photographs of [performers] inscribed to G.B. (16 items)
Some signed with first names only and/or hard to read.
Photographs of dogs (8 items)
Some include two young girls with dogs.
Photographs of performers - mostly group shots (8 oversize items)
Appear to be from unknown stage performances. Most include Barnes.
Savoy Players - photographs (4 items)
Three group shots that appear to be the Savoy Players. One live scene photograph is
labeled Federal Theatre Project.
Series 4: Scrapbook and clippings (Box 3, 1919-1920s)
Scope and Content Note
This series contains one fragile scrapbook and a small amount of loose clippings related to Barnes' stage
career. The scrapbook contains newspaper accounts and reviews, playbill clippings, and
photographs related to Barnes' West Coast career. Much of the material represents his Colorado
appearances in productions at Denham Theatre, including
Petite Darling, and
The Meanest Man in the World. Additionally, there is a small amount of material documenting other West
Coast appearances. The majority of photographs in the scrapbook are not identified. The additional
loose clippings include theater production advertisements and reviews related to Barnes.
George Barnes clippings - theater production advertisements and reviews related to
George Barnes scrapbook - career related clippings and photographs
ca. 1919, 1920's