The material in this collection was part of a gift made to the Library in 1957 of books
formerly belonging to Earl Barnes. Earl Barnes' son Joseph was the donor. These books and
other materials, since they all dealt with education, were stored in the Education
Library from 1957-1973, at which latter date 9 scrapbooks and approximately 1/2 linear
feet of unbound material were transferred to the Archives.
Earl Barnes was born in Martville, New York, on July 15, 1861. He married Mary Sheldon
(b. 1850) in either 1884 or 1885 while he was still in school. Barnes received an A.B.
from Indiana University in 1889 and an M.S. from Cornell in 1891. He held a position as
Professor of History at Indiana University in 1889. When David Starr Jordan was appointed
President of Stanford University in 1891, he took Earl Barnes with him as Professor of
Education. Barnes and his wife Mary Sheldon Barnes taught at Stanford until 1897, when
Barnes was asked by Jordan to resign. Jordan had discovered that Barnes had been involved
in an extramarital love affair, conduct which the President of Stanford University could
not tolerate in one of his faculty members. Barnes and wife went to Europe, where Mary
Sheldon Barnes died in 1898. In 1900 Barnes remarried; his second wife was Anna Kohler,
by whom he had four children --Joseph, Howard, Bernard, and Mary. After leaving Stanford
Barnes never again held a position in an American university. He was appointed staff
lecturer, London Society for Extension of University Teaching for the year 1900-01, but
after that supported himself as a free-lance lecturer and writer. During his later years
he resided in New Hartford, Connecticut, where he died on May 29, 1935.
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the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please
contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.