Finding aid to the B.W. Grant Barnes papers, 1913-2008 Coll2013-036

Hilary Robman and Loni Shibuyama
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Title: B.W. Grant Barnes papers
creator: Barnes, B.W. Grant
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013-036
Physical Description: 9.6 Linear Feet 9 archive boxes + 1 archive carton.
Date (inclusive): 1913-2008
Date (bulk): bulk
Abstract: Reports and administrative files from the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), subject and research files, and personal papers (bulk, 1970-2000) from Attorney B.W. Grant Barnes. The collection includes extensive subject files pertaining to Barnes' research in international human rights laws; records documenting his work in the Individual Rights Section of the LACBA; and his personal writings, correspondence and other material documenting his involvement in numerous gay and lesbian organizations.
Language of Material: Languages represented in the collection: English and German.


B.W. Grant Barnes was born in Stephenville, Texas. He graduated high school in 1966, then attended the University of Texas for his bachelor's degree. He graduated in 1972, with High Honors in Sociology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and Architecture. After living in Berlin in the mid-1970s while teaching English, he moved back to the United States and graduated Harvard Law School in 1982.
His legal experience includes international counseling and litigation practice (including providing counsel to Swedish and German law firms and assisting local firms in California in state and federal litigation and business due diligence), international law, international civil aviation, securities regulation and mortgage acquisition litigation, insurance coverage, labor litigation and counseling (including performance/recording contracts), construction claims, government contract law, and general business negotiable law.
Barnes was involved in gay rights activism, including research in international human rights violations and LGBT legal issues in the United States. He also advocated for LGBT immigration rights, same-gender marriage and AIDS awareness and support. He was a member of LGBT groups including AIDS Project Los Angeles, Asian/Pacific Lesbians & Gays, Gay Bruins, Lawyers for Human Rights and Lambda Lawyers. He also participated on the rowing team in the Gay Games of 1994 in Amsterdam.
As of 2013, Barnes continues to live in Los Angeles, California.
B.W. Grant Barnes Papers, Coll2013-036, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Gift of B.W. Grant Barnes, September 4, 2008.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] B.W. Grant Barnes Papers, Coll2013-036, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Processing Information

Formerly boxes 102-011, 103-050, 103-079, 103-080, 103-236, 103-255, 104-127, 104-156. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama and Hilary Robman, June 2013.

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises reports and administrative files from the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), subject and research files, and personal papers (bulk, 1970-2000) from Attorney B.W. Grant Barnes. The LACBA and Gay and Lesbian Legal Issues Series includes records documenting his work in the Individual Rights Section of the LACBA, as well as material documenting gay and lesbian legislation and legal cases, particularly in California and Hawaii. The Subject Files Series comprises extensive files of clippings and articles pertaining to Barnes' research in international human rights laws. The Personal Papers Series includes Barnes' personal writings, correspondence and other material documenting his involvement in numerous gay and lesbian organizations. In particular, this series includes material from LGBT lawyers organizations, the rowing team from the 1994 Gay Games, sound recordings from the OutWrite conference for gay and lesbian writers, and Barnes' writings, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


This collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Los Angeles County Bar Association and gay and lesbian legal issues
Series 2. Subject files
Series 3. Personal papers

Potential Deaccession

Series 2: Subject Files is made up mostly of subject file material regarding general human rights and civil rights issues around the world, with seemingly little to no discussion about LGBTQ issues. Perhaps the only files in this series to retain would be the "Gender issues" folders regarding men and women's roles, and homosexuality.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Homosexuality -- Research
Homosexuality -- Law and legislation
Gays -- Law and legislation
Gay and lesbian rights
Human rights advocacy
AIDS (Disease)
International law and human rights
Homosexuality -- Germany -- History
Gay men's writings
Barnes, B.W. Grant
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Gay Games


Los Angeles County Bar Association and gay and lesbian legal issues Series 1.  1980-2000

Series Description

This series includes meeting minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, newsletters, financial records, and resource material documenting Barnes' work in the Individual Rights Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). The Individual Rights Section concentrates on legal issues that affect individual liberty, including those involving LGBT and AIDS patients' rights. This series also includes government-issued reports, clippings, legal briefs and other material documenting LGBT legal issues.


Administrative files from the Individual Rights Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association are at the beginning of this series and arranged chronologically. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.
Box 3, Folder 1-21

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Individual Rights Section 1989-1996

Physical Description: [21 folders]
Box 4, Folder 1-5

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Individual Rights Section 1995-1996

Physical Description: [5 folders]
Box 4, Folder 7

Boy Scouts of America case 1999-2000

Box 4, Folder 8

California legislation 1988-1994

Box 4, Folder 6

"Creating an Environment Conducive to Diversity" 1991

Box 4, Folder 9

"Hate Crime in Los Angeles County" 1989

Box 4, Folder 10-11

Hawaii, gay issues 1995-1998

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 4, Folder 12

"Homosexuality: A European Community Issue" 1993

Box 4, Folder 14-15

Legal cases 1980-1987

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 4, Folder 16

"Same-gender Marriage on the Horizon; Issues for Practioners" 1996


Subject files Series 2.  1913-2003

Series Description

This series comprises subject files containing clippings, photocopied articles and book chapters, bibliographies, journals, notes, correspondence, conference proceedings, reports, and other material collected by Barnes, primarily for his research in international human rights.


Unsorted clippings and photocopied articles have been placed at the end of this series. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.
Box 4, Folder 17

Abortion 1971-1981

Box 4, Folder 18-19

Africa, human rights 1973-1983

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 4, Folder 20

Amnesty International circa 1993-1996

Box 4, Folder 21

Aptheker, Bettina. "Personal Background" undated

Box 4, Folder 22

Argentina 1977-1983

Box 4, Folder 23

Australia and South Pacific anthropology 1970-1977

Box 4, Folder 24-25

Asia, East, and India, human rights 1977-1983

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 5, Folder 15

Bakke, Allan and Marco De Funis; "Positive Discrimination" 1975-1979

Box 4, Folder 26

Behavioral psychology 1971-1975

Box 9, Folder 1

Bibliographies circa 1968

Box 5, Folder 1-2

China, human rights 1972-1980

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 7, Folder 10

Classical and ancient history 1973-1977

Box 9, Folder 17

Conference papers, Cabanal-Evan's class 1983

Box 5, Folder 3

Egypt 1970-1985

Box 5, Folder 4

El Salvador 1980-1983

Box 5, Folder 6

English history 1973-1975

Box 5, Folder 5

English legal history 1962-1978

Box 5, Folder 7

Europe circa 1970-1985


Gender issues

Box 5, Folder 8

Men's roles; homosexuality 1978-1979

Box 5, Folder 9

Sexual abuse on men circa 1993

Box 5, Folder 10

Status of women 1961-1980



Box 5, Folder 11-12

3rd Reich; World War 2 1945-1980

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 5, Folder 13

3rd Reich; law, war crimes 1944-1979

Box 5, Folder 14

Apo-Kriegsdienst Verweigerer 1968-1972

Box 5, Folder 16

Communes and alternative to families 1967-1979

Box 5, Folder 17

Counter culture seminar 1970-1971

Box 5, Folder 18

Counter-culture theory, bohemians 1968-1980

Box 5, Folder 19

DDR cultural life and travel 1973-1979

Box 5, Folder 20

Deutscher Widerstand 1968-1979

Box 5, Folder 21

Die Enstehung des Faschismus Theorien Hitler 1968-1979

Box 5, Folder 22

Fritz Teufel and Group "Klau Mich" 1967-1978

Box 5, Folder 23

Germanic marriage customs 1913-1978

Box 5, Folder 24

Hippies and Gammler 1966-1974

Box 5, Folder 25

Informationen zur Politischen Bildung 1978-1996

Box 6, Folder 6

"Moral Dilemmas in a Repressive Society: Nazi Germany" (Social Sciences 162) 1965-1979

Box 6, Folder 1

"Psychohistorical Origins of the Nazi Youth Cohort," by Peter Loewenberg 1971

Box 6, Folder 4

Rockers, West German youth sub-culture 1968-1973

Box 6, Folder 5

Sozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund (SDS) and Dutschke Cohn-Bendit 1967-1978

Box 6, Folder 7

Sociology of youth 1968-1975

Box 6, Folder 8

Student and youth press; "Konhret" 1967-1974

Box 6, Folder 9

Students demography attitudes 1968-1978

Box 6, Folder 10

Student demonstrations; court cases 1968-1980

Box 6, Folder 11

Student movement; general, theoretical, responses, and criticism 1967-1981

Box 6, Folder 12

Student organizations; West Germany red cells 1968-1973

Box 6, Folder 13

Studenten in der BRD 1967-1968

Box 6, Folder 14-15

Weimar 1967-1980

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 6, Folder 16

Greek philosophy; Plato, Aristotle 1960-1975

Box 6, Folder 17-18

Holocaust 1971-1983

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 4, Folder 13

"Homosexuals, Human Rights and the Religious Society of Friends, Or--Queer Quakers: Faggots, Faeries and Friends" 1989

Box 6, Folder 19

Hungary 1974-1979

Box 6, Folder 20-23

Islamic law 1958-1980

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 6, Folder 24

Italy 1974-1978

Box 7, Folder 1-3

Japan, human rights 1953-1980

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 7, Folder 4

Juveniles and the law; gangs, juvenile justice 1973-1980

Box 7, Folder 5

Korea, human rights 1975-1980

Box 7, Folder 7

Latin America, human rights 1968-1983

Box 7, Folder 6

Latin America travel 1973-1978


Law history and theory

Box 7, Folder 8

The Behavior of Law, by Donald Black 1972-1976

Box 7, Folder 9

Church, State, and Christian Society, by Gerd Tellenbach 1959

Box 7, Folder 15

"Field Statements: Sociology of Law" 1973-1979

Box 7, Folder 13

"Law and Ideology," Judith Shklar undated

Box 7, Folder 12

Law and Society, by Stig Jorgensen 1970

Box 7, Folder 14

"Law, History and Society" class; "Marriage in Medieval (canon) Law" 1978

Box 7, Folder 11

"Materials on Law, History, and Society" seminar; "Deposition of Richard II" 1978

Box 7, Folder 16

Sociology of Law, by G. Sawer (ed.) undated

Box 6, Folder 2

Medieval church and state (Social Sciences 2) 1970-1978


Middle East

Box 8, Folder 3-4

Islamic, Arabic circa 1970-1985

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 8, Folder 1

Law of the Near Middle East: Cases and Materials, by Herbert J. Liebesny 1975

Box 8, Folder 5

Mideast; North Africa 1978-1983

Box 8, Folder 2

Persian Gulf; Kuwait 1977-1984

Box 8, Folder 6-7

Morocco circa 1964-1982

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 6, Folder 3

New Left 1962-1980

Box 8, Folder 8

Poland 1968-1980

Box 8, Folder 9

Police vigilantes 1968-1981

Box 8, Folder 10

Prisons and peneology 1970-1981

Box 8, Folder 11

Saudi Arabia 1985

Box 8, Folder 12

Sociology of the court room juries 1970-1983

Box 8, Folder 13

Sociology of music 1967-1979

Box 8, Folder 14-15

South Africa, human rights 1975-1983

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 8, Folder 16

USSR; Balkans 1968-1979

Box 8, Folder 18-21

University of Wisconsin, Center for Demography and Ecology 1986-1995

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 8, Folder 17

University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty 1975-1976

Box 10, Folder 1-5

Articles and clippings, numbered photocopies circa 1950-2003

Physical Description: [5 folders]
Box 9, Folder 2-16

Articles and clippings, unsorted circa 1950-2003

Physical Description: [14 folders]

Personal papers Series 3.  1965-2008

Series Description

This series comprises manuscripts, correspondence, organization flyers and promotional material, newsletters, audiocassettes, minutes, and other material documenting Barnes' involvement in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and AIDS organizations, his participation in the 1994 Gay Games, his fiction and non-fiction writings, his educational background, and other interests.


This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 1-2

AIDS information circa 1982-1995

Box 1, Folder 3

AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) circa 1982-1995

Box 1, Folder 4-5

Art exhibits and galleries, promotional material circa 1990-2000

Box 1, Folder 6

Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) 1992-1994

Box 1, Folder 7

Certificates 1987, 1994

Box 1, Folder 8

Class notes and syllabi 1976-1978

Box 1, Folder 9

Comstock 1986-1987

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence circa 1984-1995

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence, email printouts 1995-2008

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence, Euro-Queer 1980-1995

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence, gay-bruins email 1998-2003

Box AC, Item AC1898

Defamation by Harvey Fierstein [sound recording] undated

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette.
Box 1, Folder 14

Dignity 1976-1988

Box 1, Folder 15

Eroticizing Safe Sex Workshop undated

Box 1, Folder 16

Feminists for Life of America 1994-1995

Box 4, Folder 27

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) 1986-1988

Scope and Contents

Includes bylaws and certificate of incorporation.
Box 1, Folder 17-19

Gay Games circa 1990-1998

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 1, Folder 20

Gay Games Amsterdam 1998

Box 1, Folder 21

Gay Games, rowing 1998

Box 1, Folder 22

Gay Games, Team Hawaii 1998

Box 1, Folder 23

Golden State Peace Officers 1996-1997

Box 1, Folder 24-27

Harvard Law School 1983-2002

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 1, Folder 28

Lambda Lawyers 1986-1989

Box 1, Folder 29

Law firm rejection letters 1981-1983

Box 2, Folder 1

Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights 1982-1984

Box 2, Folder 2

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) 1989-2000

Box AC, Item AC1899

Leprosy, the Plague and AIDS; Dr. John Boswell 1986

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette.
Box 2, Folder 3

Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force 1995-2003

Box 2, Folder 4

Mailing lists and business cards undated

Box 2, Folder 5-9


Box 2, Folder 5

"Jim Sleeper" (first draft) undated

Box 2, Folder 6

"Legal Theories and Social Change" 1976

Box 2, Folder 7

"Poland" 1974

Box 2, Folder 8

Manuscript, untitled undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Manuscript, untitled undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Music, theater, opera and ballet programs circa 1994-1996

Box 2, Folder 11

Notes undated

Box 2, Folder 12-15

Organizational mailers, flyers and brochures, LGBT 1983-2000

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 2, Folder 16

Organizational mailers, flyers and brochures, non-LGBT 1985-1996

Box AC, Item AC1893-AC1897

OutWrite: 5th National Gay and Lesbian Writers Conference [sound recording] 1995

Physical Description: 5 audiocassettes.
Box 2, Folder 17

Newsletters, non-LGBT 1981-1994

Box 2, Folder 18-20

Poetry manuscripts, by Barnes 1998

Box 10, Item 6

The Secrets of Successful Living [sound recordings] 1970

Box 2, Folder 21

Southern Poverty Law Center, Klanwatch 1981-1989

Box 2, Folder 22

Student papers, by Barnes 1965-1978

Box 2, Folder 23

Wedding and memorial programs 1990, 1993

Box 2, Folder 24

Writing guidelines and contests circa 1995

Box 2, Folder 25

Miscellaneous circa 1986-1998