Preliminary Guide to the John Perry Barlow Papers M2531

Franz Kunst
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: John Perry Barlow papers
Identifier/Call Number: M2531
Physical Description: 60 Linear Feet (119 boxes)
Physical Description: 14 hard drive(s) (external)
Physical Description: 68 floppy disk(s) (3.5 inch)
Physical Description: 27 floppy disk(s) (5.25 inch)
Physical Description: 57 optical disc(s)
Physical Description: 30 item(s) magneto-optical disk(s) and optical disk cartridge(s)
Physical Description: 21 item(s) Jaz disk(s)
Physical Description: 6 item(s) SD card(s)
Physical Description: 3 computer, portable
Physical Description: 1 computer, desktop
Physical Description: 1 zip disk(s)
Physical Description: 14 flash drive(s)
Physical Description: 1 item(s) sim card
Date (inclusive): 1940-2018
Abstract: John Perry Barlow (1947–2018) was an American writer, technologist, and cattle rancher.
Material Specific Details: The John Perry Barlow email archive contains racial language, images, or content that may be offensive or harmful. Stanford Libraries collects and makes these materials available to facilitate scholarly research and education, and does not endorse the viewpoints within. Our collections may contain language, images, or content that are offensive or harmful.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research, with the exception of Series 15 and large portions of 16. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
Digital materials stored on 5.25" floppy disks have been processed and are open for research. The materials are available through SearchWorks at the collection record: Materials containing financial information, contact information of third parties, or copyright held by other parties have been restricted, and only thumnail previews are available online; these materials can be accessed at full resolution by visiting the Field Reading Room. The email contained in the collection is available in the Field Reading Room; correspondents and extracted entities (personal and corporate names and locations) from Barlow's email have been published in Stanford's online discovery module: The remaining digital portion of the collection is closed until processing is complete.
Audiovisual and born-digital materials in Series 15 & 16 are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy. Further restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; 2019. Accession 2019-371.


The collection was received with a minimum of original order, and files have subsequently been arranged in to approximate categories, including series for Barlow's writing, correspondence, and activities surrounding technology and the Internet, as well as several series devoted to his personal life, family, ranching, and education. Please note that these are necessarily imprecise divisions, and similar material may be found in various places across the collection.
The following series have been employed in organizing the collection:
Series 1. Writing Series 2. Technology & Computers Series 3. Electronic Frontier Foundation Series 4. Articles about Barlow Series 5. Wyoming, Bar Cross Ranch, Parents Series 5. John Perry Barlow Personal & Family Series 6. Personal Correspondence Series 7. Barlow Education Series 8. Wyoming Outdoor Council (WOC) & related Series 8. The Grateful Dead Series 9. Music and Movie-related Series 10. People, Groups, Events, Art Series 11. Politics Series 12. Memorabilia, awards, artifacts, etc. Series 13. Miscellaneous publications & clippings Series 14. Photographs Series 15. Audiovisual Media (CLOSED until processed) Series 16. Born Digital & Hardware (PARTIALLY CLOSED until fully processed) Series 17. Personal/Restricted (CLOSED until 2033)

Biographical / Historical

John Perry Barlow (1947 – 2018) was an American writer, technologist, and cattle rancher. Often called "the father of cyberlibertarianism," Barlow was a founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a lyricist for the Grateful Dead.
Born near Cora, Wyoming, Barlow was the only child of Norman Walker Barlow (1905–1972), a Republican state legislator, and his wife, Miriam "Mim" Adeline Barlow Bailey (née Jenkins; 1905–1999). Barlow's paternal ancestors were Mormon pioneers. He grew up on Bar Cross Ranch, a 22,000-acre property his great-uncle founded in 1907.
At age 15, Barlow became a student at the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He later attended Wesleyan University where he was active in creative writing, journalism, theatre, and campus politics and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He graduated in 1969 and spent time traveling and living in Connecticut and New York before returning to take over operations at Bar Cross after his father's illness and later death. Barlow subsequently operated the ranch until its sale in 1988.
After discovering word processing in the early 1980s, Barlow began using the Internet and was an early user on the online community The WELL. An interest in hacking and law enforcement response led to Barlow working with Mitch Kapor and John Gilmore to found the Electronic Frontier Foundation to defend specific hacking cases which later expanded to involvement and advocacy in issues such as music copyright, intellectual property, the open web, and surveillance and privacy rights.
In addition to policy papers for the EFF (such as the 1996 manifesto "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace"), Barlow was a frequent speaker and panelist at technology conferences and symposia. He wrote extensively for Wired magazine, as well as The New York Times, Mondo 2000, Microtimes, and Communications of the ACM.
Barlow was president of the Wyoming Outdoor Council from 1978 to 1984, and was active in environmental policy work involving logging and mining interests, acid rain, fracking, and missile testing on public land. In keeping with his father's career, Barlow was also active in Wyoming politics, including stints as chairman of the Sublette County Republican Party and the Sublette County Master Plan Design Commission as well as serving on the Sublette County Planning and Zoning Commission.
After several years of declining health, Barlow died at the age of 70 on February 7, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], John Perry Barlow papers (M2531). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, California.

Scope and Contents

John Perry Barlow's papers cover the entirety of his life, although there is far more physical material about his earlier years, and his later years are probably better represented in digital files (which are partially closed until they are fully processed). Correspondence has been separated into personal and professional categories and then sorted chronologically, with selected letters refiled in other more relevant series (such as all music publishing correspondence placed in the Grateful Dead series.) The collection also contains Barlow's email account dating from 1996-2009. The email contains correspondence related to Barlow's life, work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and personal and family relationships. The email also documents Barlow's speaking engagements for various academic institutions and his prolific world travels. There are also series for Barlow's writing, as well as writing about him. Most technology/cyberspace files can be found under Electronic Frontier Foundation and the more generic Technology & Computers series. Some categories such as the Photographs and Media series include material from a variety of sources and subjects.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Ranches -- Wyoming
Computers -- Law and legislation.
internet -- Government policy -- United States
internet -- Law and legislation
Computer networks -- Law and legislation
Computer networks -- social aspects.
Technology -- social aspects.
Barlow, Leah Justine
Barlow, Anna Winter
Barlow, Amelia Rose
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Grateful Dead (Musical group)
Wyoming Outdoor Council
Lanier, Jaron
Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996
Kennedy, John F., Jr., 1960-1999
Weir, Bob, 1947-
Gilmore, John
Steele, Shari
McCandlish, Stanton
Templeton, Brad
Tyre, James S.
Markoff, John
Doherty, Will
Doctorow, Cory
Mui, Chunka, 1962-
Levin, Hal


Series 1. Writing

Scope and Contents

Contains published and unpublished writing by Barlow, including outgoing letter drafts, poetry and prose, and material related to publishing. Lyrics are filed under Grateful Dead series. Some writing filed in Technology series.
Box 66, folder 7

Publishing & writing correspondence, etc. 1987-1997

Box 66, folder 8

Publishing & writing correspondence - Farrar, Straus & Giroux etc. 1969-1972

Box 66, folder 9

Reprint permissions

Box 68, folder 1

Book contract and correspondence 1989-1990

Scope and Contents

Viking Penguin contracts for Everything We Know is Wrong and Wheel To the Storm(provisional title for book of Grateful Dead lyrics which was never published).
Box 93, folder 4

Poetry and editing - school literary journals

Related Materials

See also Education series.
Box 94, folder 1

JPB writing - family/personal

Box 94, folder 2

JPB writing - Anthology for Mim

Box 94, folder 3

JPB writing undated

Box 94, folder 4

The Empty Quarter

Box 94, folder 5

Bustin' Hump screenplay

Box 94, folder 6

JPB writing 1961, 1977, 1979

Box 94, folder 7

JPB writing 1980-1989

Box 94, folder 8

JPB writing 1990

Box 95, folder 1

JPB writing 1991-1995

Box 95, folder 2

JPB writing 1996-1997

Box 95, folder 3

JPB writing 1998-2018

Box 95

The Departures [bound copy] 1969

Box 95

Binder with various edited typescripts, commentary, and letters of interest re: Departures

Box 96

JPB writing - Apple/NeXT

Box 101, folder 4

JPB - misc. notes

Box 115, folder 3

Northern Lights March/April 1987 with Barlow article & typescript draft


Series 2. Technology & Computers

Scope and Contents

Includes material related to computers, technology, Silicon Valley, cyberspace, virtual reality, and the Internet. See also Electronic Frontier Foundation and Writing series.

Professional correspondence by year

Box 64, folder 7

"JPB Letters - Out" - tech-related

Box 65, folder 1

Incoming correspondence 1982, 1988, 1989

Box 65, folder 2

Incoming correspondence 1990

Box 65, folder 3

Incoming correspondence 1991

Box 65, folder 4

Incoming correspondence 1992

Box 65, folder 5

Incoming correspondence 1993

Box 65, folder 6

Incoming correspondence 1994

Box 66, folder 1

Incoming correspondence 1995

Box 66, folder 2

Incoming correspondence 1996

Box 66, folder 3

Incoming correspondence 1997-2000, 2001, 2005, 2014

Box 66, folder 4

Incoming correspondence undated circa 1990s-2000s

Box 117, folder 2

Various facsimiles (many faded)


Subject Files

Scope and Contents

Most files titled as originally labeled by JPB.
Box 66, folder 5

Computers & Africa

Box 68, folder 2

Computers, Art, Fractals, Etc.

Box 68, folder 3

Crypto [encryption]

Box 68, folder 4

Cyberspace - JPB notes

Box 68, folder 5

Cyberspace - 1st & 2nd International Conferences 1990-1991

Box 68, folder 6


Box 69, folder 1-3


Box 69, folder 4

Whole Earth Institute Cyberthon

Box 69, folder 5

Human Interface Technology Laboratory

Box 69, folder 6

Jaron Lanier/VPL

Box 69, folder 7

Cyberspace - Timothy Leary

Box 70, folder 1

sci.virtual-worlds ; cyberspace III TELECOM messages

Box 70, folder 2

Howard Rheingold

Box 70, folder 3

Luc Sala/Egosoft

Box 70, folder 4

Bruce Sterling

Box 72, folder 1

Eastern Europe

Box 72, folder 2

Hacker Stuff

Box 72, folder 3

Hacker Conferences 1988, 1990

Box 72, folder 4

2600 - The Hacker Quarterly 1989-1992

Box 72, folder 5

Hippies - Old & New

Box 72, folder 6

Intellectual Property - Richard Lanham papers

Box 72, folder 7

Intellectual Property - Pamela Samuelson papers

Box 72, folder 8

Intellectual Property

Scope and Contents

Includes lengthy response to JPB Wired article by Donald Allen Kaul
Box 73, folder 1

Japan & Rashomon Gang

Box 75, folder 5

Microtimes style sheets & JPB business card 1990

Box 74, folder 3

Mondo 2000 correspondence etc.

Scope and Contents

Also includes issues of related magazines Reality Hackers and High Frontiers.
Box 73, folder 4

National Public Network

Box 73, folder 5

Networks & Info Services

Box 73, folder 6

Opinion [JPB writing]

Box 74, folder 1


Box 75, folder 1

soc.culture.china messages 1989

Box 74, folder 2

Testimony & Speeches [JPB writing - WOC etc.]

Box 74, folder 6-7


Scope and Contents

Includes user manuals, printed out messages, some articles.
Box 74, folder 4-5

Wired correspondence, ephemera, press kit

Box 114, folder 5

Wired magazine presskits

Box 66, folder 6

Wyoming Telecommunications Council 1993-1995



Box 70, folder 5

Conferences undated, 1979, 1988-1990

Box 70, folder 6

Conferences 1991

Box 70, folder 7

Conferences 1992

Box 70, folder 8

Conferences 1993-1994

Box 71, folder 1

Conferences 1995

Box 71, folder 2

Conferences 1996-1999

Box 71, folder 3

Conferences 2000-2015

Box 71, folder 4

Digital World conferences 1991, 1995

Box 71, folder 5

Ars Electronica conferences 1990, 1993, 1995


Apple and NeXT

Box 64, folder 8

"JPB Letters - Out" - Apple/NeXT

Scope and Contents

Includes letters to Betsy Cohen, Scott Knaster, Tom Rielly/SuperMAC Technology, and Steve Jobs.
Box 75, folder 2


Box 75, folder 3


Box 76

Manuals, NeXT and Apple

Box 77

NeXTWorld magazine 1991-1994

Scope and Contents

Barlow was a managing editor and writer.
Box 77

MacWEEK (two issues) 1992

Box 78

Byte (NeXT cover story) November 1988

Box 78

Fortune (Steve Jobs cover story) October 1989

Box 78

MacConnection April 1992

Box 78

Mac Life April 2015

Box 78

MacUser 1988-1989

Box 78

Macworld 1987-1989



Box 85

Government and legal documents, other papers

Box 30

Bay Area Computer Currents vol.6 no.13, vol.7 no.2 1989 1988-1989

Box 85

Boardwatch November 1990

Box 85

Communications Daily July 1990

Box 82, folder 3

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility reports

Box 85

Connecticut Law Review - Dan L. Burk paper Summer 1996

Box 85

Die Datenschlender

Box 85

Dimension (L.A. SIGGRAPH) April 1991

Box 85

EPIC 1994 Cryptography & Privacy Sourcebook

Box 85

ENSPTT Hayashi paper 1992

Box 85

Free Expression Policy Project report 2003

Box 82, folder 1-2

Global Business Network reports

Box 85

GLOCOM working papers

Box 85

The Green Sheet 1989, 1991

Box 85

Human Web Business Concept Outline 2003

Box 85

Institute for Research on Learning/Xerox paper 1990

Box 85

Matrix News 1991

Box 30

MicroTimes 1989, 1990, 1993

Box 82, folder 4

National Center for Computer Crime Data/BloomBecker

Box 85

P.C. Letter January 1988

Box 85

Privacy Times 1990-1991

Box 85

Release (Esther Dyson) June 1991

Box 85

SRI Donn B. Parker paper

Box 85

Technostress International Information Network 1991

Box 85

University Computing (IU) 1991

Box 85

University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy 2002

Box 85

WORM [fax copy] 1989

Box 101, folder 2

Clippings, tech-related


Manuals, promotional material, etc.

Box 75, folder 4

Manuals (non-computer)

Box 78

Netscape, Radius, Floppy Works, Extend manuals

Box 79, folder 1-3

Fliers, handbills, brochures, mailers, etc.

Box 79, folder 4

Computer pamphlets, reply cards, etc,

Box 79, folder 5

Receipts & miscellaneous


Series 3. Electronic Frontier Foundation

Scope and Contents

The Electronic Frontier Foundation ( was founded in July of 1990 by Mitch Kapor, former president of Lotus Development Corporation, John Perry Barlow, and John Gilmore, an early employee of Sun Microsystems, with financial assistance from Steve Wozniak. The EFF's stated mission is to defend civil liberties, particularly speech and privacy, in technologies such as the Internet.
Much of Barlow's writing for the Foundation is preserved at
Box 80, folder 1-3

Chronological files 1990

Box 80, folder 4

Chronological files 1991

Box 81, folder 1-2

Chronological files 1991

Box 81, folder 3

Chronological files 1993

Box 81, folder 4

Chronological files 1994, 1995, 2003

Box 81, folder 5


Box 81, folder 6

Jim Warren

Box 81, folder 7

Steve Jackson Games - Gurps Cyberpunk

Box 83, folder 1

EFF press releases, reports, etc.

Box 83, folder 2

Human Interface Technology Labs proposal

Box 83, folder 3

Firing Line 1991

Box 83

Legal documents (Neidorf/Phrack, Ripco, etc.)

Box 84, folder 1-3

JPB notes

Box 84, folder 4

Hacker! The United States v. Craig Neidorf binder

Scope and Contents

Binder of articles created by Neidorf for JPB.
Box 86

Mainstream media coverage of EFF and related topics

Box 114, folder 3

EFF poster


Series 4. Articles about Barlow


Clippings, chronological

Box 22, folder 1

Drafts of articles

Box 22, folder 2

Clippings undated, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1968

Box 22, folder 3

Clippings 1978, 1980-1987

Box 22, folder 4

Clippings 1987-1988

Box 22, folder 5

Clippings 1989-1991

Box 22, folder 6

Clippings 1992-1993

Box 22, folder 7

Clippings 1994

Box 22, folder 8

Clippings 1995

Box 22, folder 9

Clippings 1996

Box 23, folder 1

Clippings 1997-1999

Box 23, folder 2

Clippings 2000

Box 23, folder 3

Clippings 2002-2018

Box 23, folder 4

Clippings - Wyoming politics 1989

Box 23, folder 5

Clippings - MX 1983

Box 115, folder 2

Articles mentioning Barlow (oversize)


Magazines, alphabetical by title

Box 29

Advertising Age vol.66 no.47 1995

Box 25

Asahi no.78 1992

Box 25

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science vol.20 no.5 1994

Box 29

Business & Technology 1995

Box 25

[Computerworld] Campus vol.7 no.1 1994

Box 25

Communication World vol.12 no.10 1995

Box 25

Communications of the ACM v.35 n2,7,10 1992

Box 25

Context 1998, 1999

Box 25

CyberEdge no.3 1991

Box 25

Denver Post Magazine 1994

Box 29

Denver Post Magazine April 3, 1994

Box 29

Empire (Denver Post) vol.36 no.47 1985

Box 25

Digital Boy vol.9 no.2 1995

Box 25

Dupree's Diamond no.20, 34, 35 1991, 1996

Box 25

Educom Review vol.32 no.5 1997

Box 25

Ego 2000 1992

Box 25

Evergreen Magazine 1982

Box 25

Extra Extra Daily (Promax and Broadcast Design Association) 1994

Box 25

Fast Company no.22 1999

Box 25

Fountain Valley School Alumni Bulletin 1970, 1972, 1976, 1982

Existence and Location of Copies

More complete set in Fountain Valley School series.
Box 25

The Dane (Fountain Valley School) 1965

Existence and Location of Copies

More issues in Fountain Valley School series.
Box 26

Free Software Report vol.2 no.1 1992

Box 26

Future Banker vol.3 no.5 1999

Box 26

Futurshow 2000

Box 26

The Golden Road no.14 1987

Box 26

Harpers 1990, 1995

Box 26

High Times no.230 1994

Box 29

Hoka Hey vol.6 no.4 1991

Box 26

Index on Censorship July 1991

Box 26

Industry Week vol.244 no.22 1995

Box 26

Information Week September 1990

Box 26

InSight Kommunikation no.1 1995

Box 26

InterCommunication 1993

Box 26

Internazionale no.358 2000

Box 26

Intertek no.3.1, 3.2, 3.3 1991-1992

Box 29

Lettre International 1994

Box 26

Microbanker's Remote Banking Strategies vol.2 no.3 1996

Box 26

Mid-Day vol.22 no.98 2000

Box 26

MiL International Newsletter no.3 1996

Box 28

Mondo 2000 no.2-8, 10-13 1990-1994

Box 28

Mondo User's Guide to the New Edge 1992

Box 26

Newview (Global Business Network) vol.6 no.2 1995

Box 26

New Republic vol.208, no.21 1993

Box 29

New York Time Magazine April 21, 1991

Box 26

Newsweek 1995, 1996

Box 26

Off The Wall vol.2 no.7 1994

Box 26

On The Internet vol.6 no.1 2000

Box 26

Ora Dot Com (O'Reilly & Associates) 1994

Box 26

Pinedale Roundup 2018

Box 26

Profiles (Continental Airlines) vol.8 no.8 1995

Box 26

Progress (Freedom Foundation) prospectus 1995-1996

Box 26

Quest/80 vol.4 no.8 1980

Box 26

Opastco Roundtable 1997

Box 29

Rolling Stone 707 1995

Box 29

San Francisco Chronicle February 8, 2018

Box 26

Shambhala Sun vol.4 no.1 1995

Box 27

Shift vol.4 no.1 1995

Box 27

Sky (Delta Air Lines) 1996

Box 27

Spiegel Special no.3 1997

Box 27

Swing 51 no.8, 9 1984

Box 27

Tid Bits vol.5 no.12 1990

Box 27

Time 1995, 1999

Box 27

Training vol.35 no.1 1998

Box 27

Tricycle vol.6 no.1 1996

Box 27

Unbroken Chain no.62 1995

Box 27

Utne Reader no.67, 68 1995

Box 27

Verbum vol.5.2 1991

Box 26

Veintiuno: XXI 1998

Box 27

Village Voice vol.36 no.11 1991

Box 27

Washington Monthly vol.18 no.9 1986

Box 29

Washington Technology vol.10 no.11 1995

Box 27

Wired 4.09, 4.11 1996

Box 28

Wired 5.05, 8.04 1997, 2000

Box 28

Wired Scenarios 1995

Box 28

Wirtschafts Woche 1996

Box 28

Xploration vol.7 no.1 1996

Box 28

Zeno no.6 1995


Series 5. Wyoming, Bar Cross Ranch, Parents

Scope and Contents

Contains material about John Perry's parents Miriam "Mim" Barlow and Norman Barlow, as well as material about his childhood and later years at Bar Cross Ranch. Series also contains Wyoming history and ranching ephemera. See also John Perry Barlow Personal & Family, Wyoming Outdoor Council, and Politics series.
Box 15, folder 1

Clippings - Barlows, ranch

Box 115, folder 1

Newspaper articles - Barlows, ranch (oversize)

Box 15, folder 2

Miriam "Mim" Jenkins Barlow Bailey

Box 48, folder 3

Mim cards & correspondence 1970s-1990s

Box 16, folder 1

Cards to Mim Barlow

Box 16, folder 2

Donald Bailey ephemera

Box 48, folder 5

Letters to Norman Barlow (one from JPB) 1949, 1966-1967

Box 16, folder 2

Perry Jenkins correspondence

Box 16, folder 2

A.W. Smith letter and clipping photocopies

Box 16, folder 3

Green River Rendezvous, Cowbelles, Sublette County Historical Society, etc.

Box 48, folder 4

Bar Cross Ranch correspondence, etc. 1970s-80s

Box 16, folder 4

Bar Cross Ranch ephemera

Box 17, folder 1

Bar Cross haying logs 1973-1985, 1942 log

Box 17, folder 2

Bar Cross By Laws, Corporation Minutes & Legal Correspondence

Box 17, folder 3, Box 18

Miscellaneous ranching & agricultural catalogs, other publications

Box 17, folder 4

JPB 4H workbooks 1958-1960

Box 19, folder 1-2

Wyoming & mountain western ephemera

Box 19, folder 3

JPB Wyoming civic activities

Scope and Contents

Wyoming Council for the Humanities, school board, Sublette County planning committee/commissioners, Peacekeeper/anti-MX Missile, Pinedale Fine Arts Council, etc. Many clippings duplicating other JPB article and editorial clipping series.
Box 48, folder 6

Norman Barlow estate

Box 15, folder 3

Mim Barlow legal/estate/memorial

Box 15

Miriam Barlow estate planning notebook, memorial guestbook

Box 21, folder 1

Miriam Barlow estate

Box 21, folder 2

House deeds

Box 21, folder 3

Oil leases & deeds


Series 5. John Perry Barlow Personal & Family

Scope and Contents

Contains material related to Barlow's personal life and his family: wife Elaine Barlow and three daughters Amelia Rose, Anna Winter, and Leah Justine. See also Personal Correspondence, Wyoming Family, Education & Photographs series.
Box 13, folder 1

JPB birth - cards, notes, etc, 1947

Box 13, folder 2

JPB birth - clippings, baby journal notes

Box 13, folder 3

JPB birth - letters of congratulation 1947

Box 13, folder 4

JPB birth & infancy - cards & letters

Box 31, folder 1

JPB personal ephemera

Scope and Contents

Includes bios, elementary school grades/tests, psychological profiles, horoscopes, copy of birth certificate, family tree, etc.
Box 31, folder 2

JPB personal ephemera

Scope and Contents

Notes, business cards, etc.
Box 31, folder 3

Memorial 2018

Box 31, folder 4

Barlowgrams and other family letters 1980s-1990s

Scope and Contents

Also includes news about Bar Cross Ranch, the Greatful Dead, EFF, other activities.
Box 31, folder 5

Elaine Parker Barlow

Scope and Contents

Includes letter from JPB 9/30/1986, custody documents, etc.
Box 31, folder 6

JPB letters to daughters

Box 31, folder 7

JPB daughters Amelia Rose, Anna Winter, and Leah Justine

Box 32, folder 1

JPB daughters Amelia Rose, Anna Winter, and Leah Justine

Box 11, folder 4

JPB daughters cards, artwork, photos, etc.


Series 6. Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Contains four sub-series. The first is letters deemed more of a personal nature sorted chronologically - these are almost entirely incoming. The second and third sub-series are folders found within Barlow's high school & college files, and their titles have been transcribed. Note that Bob Weir letters now filed with Grateful Dead material were originally in "Males - Colorado" folder. The fourth sub-series contains letters JPB sent to his parents from India & Europe and related material.
See also Wyoming Family, Personal & Family, Education, and other series.

Personal correspondence by year

Box 44, folder 3

William Ganter 1963

Box 44, folder 3

Incoming correspondence 1963-1965

Box 44, folder 4

Incoming correspondence 1966

Box 44, folder 5

Incoming correspondence 1967

Box 44, folder 2

Incoming correspondence undated 1960s

Box 44, folder 6

Incoming correspondence 1968

Box 44, folder 7

Incoming correspondence 1969

Box 44, folder 8

Incoming correspondence 1970

Box 44, folder 9

Wesleyan correspondence 1971-1973

Box 44, folder 10

Incoming correspondence 1971

Box 45, folder 1-2

Incoming correspondence 1972

Box 45, folder 4

JPB letters/unsent drafts circa early 1970s

Box 46, folder 1-3

Incoming correspondence 1973

Box 46, folder 4-5

Incoming correspondence 1974

Box 47, folder 1

Incoming correspondence 1974

Box 47, folder 2-3

Incoming correspondence 1975

Box 47, folder 4-5

Incoming correspondence 1976

Box 48, folder 1

Incoming correspondence undated, circa 1970s-80s

Box 49, folder 9

Incoming correspondence 1977

Box 50, folder 1

Incoming correspondence 1977

Box 50, folder 2

Incoming correspondence 1978

Box 50, folder 3

Incoming correspondence 1979

Box 51, folder 1-2

Incoming correspondence 1979

Box 51, folder 3-4

Incoming correspondence 1980

Box 51, folder 5

Incoming correspondence 1981

Box 52, folder 1-2

Incoming correspondence 1981

Box 52, folder 3

Incoming correspondence 1982

Box 53, folder 1

Incoming correspondence 1982

Box 53, folder 2-3

Incoming correspondence 1983

Box 54, folder 1

Incoming correspondence 1983

Box 54, folder 2

Incoming correspondence 1984

Box 54, folder 3

Incoming correspondence 1985

Box 54, folder 4

Incoming correspondence 1986

Box 55, folder 1

Incoming correspondence 1987

Box 55, folder 2-4

Incoming correspondence 1988

Box 56, folder 1-3

Incoming correspondence 1989

Box 57, folder 1

Incoming correspondence undated circa 1989-1990

Box 57, folder 2-3

Incoming correspondence 1990

Box 57, folder 1-3

Incoming correspondence 1991

Box 60, folder 1-2

Incoming correspondence 1992

Box 60, folder 3-4

Incoming correspondence 1993

Box 59, folder 5

Incoming correspondence undated, circa 1990s

Box 61, folder 1-2

Incoming correspondence 1994

Box 61, folder 3

Incoming correspondence 1995

Box 62, folder 1

Incoming correspondence 1995

Box 62, folder 2-3

Incoming correspondence 1996

Box 63, folder 1-2

Incoming correspondence 1997

Box 63, folder 3

Incoming correspondence 1998

Box 63, folder 4

Incoming correspondence 1999

Box 64, folder 1

Incoming correspondence 1999

Box 64, folder 2

Incoming correspondence 2000

Box 64, folder 3

Incoming correspondence 2001-2017

Box 64, folder 4

"Fan Mail"

Box 64, folder 6

"JPB Letters - Out" - personal

Box 59, folder 6

Cynthia Horner correspondence, undated

Related Materials

Dated correspondence has been interfiled.
Box 66, folder 4

Correspondence from people in prison

Related Materials

Selected letters; others have been interfiled chronologically.

"Girlfriends" / female friends 1960s-1970s

Scope and Contents

Folders created and labeled by JPB. Later letters from some people can be found in other correspondence series.
Box 42, folder 1

"Bos" (Barbara Perr)

Box 42, folder 2

Judy Kennedy

Box 42, folder 3

"Gretch" (Gretchen Liddle)

Box 42, folder 4


Box 42, folder 5

"Linda" (Gunst)

Box 42, folder 5

"Peggy" (Moorman)

Box 42, folder 5

"Striplings" (Juni & Prudence?)

Box 45, folder 3

"Other females 1963-1968" etc.



Box 43, folder 2

"Males - Colorado"

Box 43, folder 3

"Males - Wesleyan"

Scope and Contents

Includes "Sims" (Andrew) ; "Goodman" (Jon) ; "Chris" (Becker?)
Box 43, folder 4

"Scott" (Vickers)


Travel correspondence & ephemera late 1960s

Box 43, folder 6

India trip correspondence & ephemera

Box 43, folder 7

JPB letters home from India & Europe

Box 44, folder 1

Europe trip ephemera

Box 37

Changes, Explorations and Discoveries (typescript copy of European travel journal) June 13, 1968 - July 10, 1968


Series 7. Barlow Education



Box 14

JPB elementary school workbooks

Box 24

Pinedale High School Buckaroo yearbooks 1961, 1962


Fountain Valley School (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Box 32, folder 3

The Dane 1966-1966

Box 32, folder 4

Publications 1993, 1995, 2017

Box 32

Fountain Valley School Alumni Bulletin 1963-1988

Box 32

Fountain Valley Literary Review 1962-1965

Box 33

The Owl yearbooks 1963-1965

Box 33

Lavender, David G. They Wrote Their Own Histories: Fountain Valley School's First 70 Years. Fountain Vallley School 2000

Box 39, folder 2

Fountain Valley School ("Honorable"/"Dishonorable")

Scope and Contents

Original folders were divided into "Honorable" and "Dishonorable."
Box 39, folder 3

Fountain Valley School alumni activity 1960s

Box 48, folder 2

Fountain Valley School correspondence 1970s-1990s

Box 115, folder 3

The Dane (Fountain Valley School) vol.XII no. 4 maquette of front page


Wesleyan University

Box 33

The Wesleyan Argus 1965-1969

Scope and Contents

Barlow worked for the newspaper and was also mentioned or featured in several articles. Issues more complete 1965-1966 with one 1968 and one 1969 issue.
Box 34

Center for Advanced Studies pamphlets

Box 34

Honors College poetry booklets 1965, 1968, 1969

Scope and Contents

Includes JPB poetry.
Box 34

Adlit (literary magazine of Middletown chapter of Alpha Delta Phi) 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969

Scope and Contents

Includes JPB poetry.
Box 34

Alkahest - American College Poetry (Wesleyan University Press) 1968, 1969

Scope and Contents

Includes JPB poetry. Chairman of student editorial board.
Box 34

Cardinal (literary magazine of Wesleyan University) 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970

Scope and Contents

Includes JPB poetry. On editorial board, designed.
Box 34

Reflection - The Wesleyan Quarterly 1967, 1969

Box 35

Olla Podrida yearbook 1965, 1967

Box 114

Olla Podrida 1966

Box 35

Campus Directory 1968-1969

Box 35

The Body, Poems by Michael Benedikt (Wesleyan University Press) 1968

Box 35

The Tin Drum 1968

Box 35

Keynote (Wellesley College) 1968

Box 35

The Williams Record 1966

Box 35

Wesleyan Alumni Magazine 1996

Scope and Contents

JPB mentioned p.46
Box 114

Zeitgeist 1966

Box 115, folder 3

The Tin Drum vol.2 (Wesleyan)

Box 35

John P. Barlow - The Departures, A Novel - Thesis presented ... for the Degree of Bachelaor of Arts with Honors in the College of Letters (red binding) 1969

Box 36

John P. Barlow - The Departures, A Novel - Thesis presented ... for the Degree of Bachelaor of Arts with Honors in the College of Letters (black binding) 1969

Box 36

The Third Departure - Beantown typescript & copy

Box 37

The Third Departure - Beantown (annotated typescript)

Box 37

Departures manuscript

Box 37

Novel Rough Draft

Box 38

Writing and schoolwork

Box 39, folder 5

Wesleyan correspondence, memos, etc. ("Honorable" etc.)

Box 39, folder 6

College Body Committee (includes speech transcript probably by JPB)

Box 39, folder 7

Poetry, literary magazine, theater correspondence, etc.

Box 39, folder 8


Scope and Contents

Original folders were divided into "Honorable" and "Dishonorable."
Box 39, folder 9

Drugs/drug policy

Box 39, folder 10


Box 40, folder 1

Misc. JPB notes, letters, poetry

Box 40, folder 2

"Business/Apartment" etc.

Box 40, folder 3

Alpha Delta Phi

Box 40, folder 4

Distinguished Alumnus award 1994

Box 40, folder 5


Box 41, folder 1

Faculty Student Affairs Committee

Box 41, folder 2

Class syllabi, tests, other handouts

Box 41, folder 3

Wesleyan printed ephemera

Box 41, folder 4


Box 41, folder 5

Letters from parents

Box 59, folder 4

Wesleyan alumnus correspondence (incoming) 1980s-1990s

Box 114, folder 1

Alpha Delta Phi member portraits 1966-1969



Box 39, folder 1

General ("Honorable"/"Dishonorable")

Box 39, folder 4

College Board, Selective Service, admission letters


Series 8. Wyoming Outdoor Council (WOC) & related

Scope and Contents

The Wyoming Outdoor Council is a the oldest non-profit environmental advocacy organization in the state. Barlow was president of the Council from 1978 to 1984 and was generally active in local environmental politics and policy during the same period.
Box 19, folder 4

JPB environmental work - Wyoming Outdoor Council etc.

Scope and Contents

Notes, memoranda, publications
Box 20, folder 1

Wyoming environmental conservation clippings etc.

Box 20

Wyoming Outdoor Council files

Processing Information

Not refoldered.
Box 23, folder 6

Clippings - Wyoming Outdoor Council

Box 23, folder 7

Clippings - JPB/WOC editorials

Box 24, folder 1

Clippings - WOC - Union Pass

Box 24, folder 2

Miscellaneous environmental publications & clippings

Box 59, folder 1-2

W.O.C. etc. correspondence (incoming) 1980s-1990s

Box 59, folder 3

Peter Coyote correspondence (mostly ecological issues)

Box 64, folder 5

"JPB Letters - Out" - W.O.C. etc.

Scope and Contents

Also Nature Conservancy and Trust for Public Lands correspondence. Includes letters to Wendell Berry (with two in return), Gary Snyder (with brief reply), Governor Mike Sullivan, and the Rex Foundation.

Series 8. The Grateful Dead

Scope and Contents

Barlow's association with the rock band Grateful Dead dates to the early 1960s, when he attended Fountain Valley School with Bob Weir. He caught the band's early East Coast shows and introduced some members to Timothy Leary's scene at Millbrook. It was only later that he began writing lyrics for the band, and he was also to collaborate with Weir and latter-day keyboardist Brent Mydland on other projects in the 1970s and 80s.

JPB writing, lyrics and other business

Box 89, folder 5

JPB open letters, other correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes Barlow's Memo to the Californians 2/18/80 ; "Dear Dead" 7/21/80 ; facsimile message about "The Dwarf" with lyrics 1983 ; letters to Nancy Mallonnee 1987 and Eileen [Law] 1988 (quoting a critical WELL comment) ; copies of Barlow-Grams with remarks on GD activity.
Box 89, folder 7

Ice-9 royalty statements and related

Box 89, folder 8

ASCAP royalty statements and related

Box 92

JPB lyrics binders

Box 93, folder 1-3

JPB lyrics


Correspondence & people

Scope and Contents

Many items in the general correspondence folders are fan mail and requests for autographs as well as letters from merchandisers, friends thanking JPB for tickets, and interview arrangements.
Notable letters and notes include undated Mickey [Hart?] note to JPB ; Bernie Bildman cards, Rob Eaton / Dark Star Orchestra ; Andy Leonard 1971 ;  "Dale" / New Riders of the Purple Sage 1975 ; Carole Rankin (most in personal correspondence file) ; Danny Rifkin 1973 ; Hunter [Robert Hunter?] 1982 ; Nicki Scully ; Henry Kaiser 1989 [about possible Dead tribute album] ; Deborah Koons & Jerome Garcia wedding invitation 1994.
Box 88, folder 1

Dead-related correspondence undated, 1971-1983

Box 88, folder 2

Dead-related correspondence 1986-1990

Box 88, folder 3

Dead-related correspondence 1991-2015

Box 89, folder 6

Jerilyn Brandelius (re:)

Scope and Contents

1988 letter from David Stanford while at Henry Holt mentioning Brandelius' book (he would later work with JPB at Viking Press) ; "Ring Around the Dead - A Circle of Support" memo outlining possible chapters of book copyrighted 1993 Jerilyn Lee Brandelius.
Box 88, folder 4

Betsy Cohen 1984, 1987

Scope and Contents

Elizabeth "Betsy" Cohen is a physicist who specializes in acoustics. At the time of these letters she was a consultant/assistant professor at Stanford's CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). She worked with Bob Weir and Mickey Hart on a number of projects.
File contains two letters to JPB from January 1984, an exchange concerning a bill charged to Weir April 1987, and a message to JPB enclosing a "letter to Bob" June 1987.
UC Santa Cruz holds a small collection from her:
Box 88, folder 5

Phil DeGuere / GD movie

Scope and Contents

DeGuere was a television and movie producer; other correspondence is filed in Personal and Movie-Related Correspondence. JPB rented his house in San Francisco (coincidentally near an early GD practice space), and probably got him the Twilight Zone acting gig (DeGuere produced the revived series, which featured GD playing the theme).
File contains a lengthy undated letter to JPB, a letter to DeGuere from Mike Barclay exploring the possibility of a Russian tour, and a file of various material related to the production of a Grateful Dead movie, then called "The Music Never Stops." This file includes a June 1987 letter to JPB, treatment, script, Harold Kant memo, and messages from the WELL with posts from JPB, Howard Rheingold, David Gans, Bernie Bildman, Mary Eisenhart, John Coate, and others.
Box 88, folder 6

David Gans 1983-1984

Box 90, folder 2

Carolyn Garcia

Scope and Contents

A few articles about her, as well as some artwork annotated by JPB - two watercolors "By Mountain Girl July 80" and one sketch of a dragon "Annabelle Garcia July 1980."
Box 88, folder 7

Paddy Lad circa 1990-1993

Scope and Contents

British deaf-rights advocate who was working to incorporate live signing into Dead performances.
Box 90, folder 7-8

Willy Legate

Box 88, folder 13

Mary Ann [Mayer]

Scope and Contents

Mayer was (is?) a photographer and light show artist who took many iconic photos of the band. Contains 1973 postcard with Europe '72 cover mentioning Heavy Water and longer 1973 letter.
Box 89, folder 1

Jon McIntire 1971-1982

Scope and Contents

And business card. Some letters by others too.
Box 89, folder 2

JPB to Jon McIntire 1978-1987

Box 88, folder 8

Thad Reynolds 1987, 1995

Scope and Contents

In 1987 Thad Reynolds was a 17-year old Grateful Dead fan who was also distantly related to Barlow (his grandmother was Peggy Kvenild - see Personal Correspondence). Thad's mother wrote to JPB after Thad told her "acid is the safest drug you can take." JPB wrote to Thad the following month, and Thad wrote back. Eight years later, Thad contacted JPB again, thanking him for the advice.
Box 88, folder 9

Goldie [Rush]

Scope and Contents

Carolyn "Goldie" Rush was a personal manager for several members of the Grateful Dead. File includes Organizational Common Sense Christmas party invite 1981, note to JPB with Bobby & Midnites stamp, postcard suggesting Egypt trip (dated April 1978?), other undated notes, postcard from Nepal 1987, letter 1989.
Box 88, folder 11

Owsley Stanley (re:)

Scope and Contents

Includes Sheilah Manning & Owsley Stanley wedding invite 1995, brief note from Sheilah who had sent JPB a "Bear's Sonic Journal" CD, and brief mention in postscript from mutual friend.
Box 88, folder 10

Swing 51/Ken Hunt 1983-1986

Scope and Contents

Hunt was an editor for the British folk magazine Swing 51, which interviewed Barlow (see JPB in Publications series for issues).
Box 88, folder 12

Alan Trist 1971-1994

Scope and Contents

Mostly personal notes from Trist and family; see also Ice-9 Royalty statements and GD Memos & Ephemera files.

Bob Weir

Box 43, folder 1

Bob Weir letters 1963-1964

Box 90, folder 4

Correspondence mentioning Weir

Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Ellen Weir 1986-1990 ; Annette forwarding Bobby & Frankie itinerary 1972 ; postcard from Frankie 1973 ; Mark [Kelly] / Kingfish [undated] ; Barbara/Organizational Common Sense re: songwriting session 1983 ; Ruth Allison (choreographer) 1984, 1986 ; JPB letter to Weir 1990 ; chain letter from Weir to JPB 1991.
Box 90, folder 5


Box 90, folder 6

Other material

Scope and Contents

Pacific High School Reunion Newsletter 1997 ; Happy New Year card from Weirs with images of wedding (JPB was best man) 1999 ; undated Weir bio ; , "BZ Introduction - History of relationship at Apple - history of Computer music - Bob" [printout from JPB computer - possibly Weir?] ; Bombs Away sheet music ; handwritten lyrics or song titles on Bar Cross stationery/

Brent Mydland

Box 89, folder 3

Memorial program with JPB notes

Box 89, folder 3 USENET Community messages [2 bound copies]

Box 89, folder 3

Brent Songs: The Collected Songs of Brent Mydland 1951-1990 [JPB binder]

Box 89, folder 3


Box 89, folder 3

Correspondence from family etc.

Box 89, folder 4

Electronic Messages In Memory of Brent Mydland (WELL/USENET binder assembled by JPB)


Memoranda and other internal business

Box 90, folder 3

Rex Foundation

Box 92, folder 3

Correspondence, memoranda, etc.

Scope and Contents

JPB copy of phone list ; Sam Cutler business card ; Manny's Music Store receipt for bass drum head [for Cafe Au Go Go gig 6/1/1967, was filed with Barbara Perr letters] ; Myra Zeller letter to JPB 11/1971 on back of Felt Forum press release ; "Ganeda Nageda" 1973 ; Alan Trist - Independent Record Distribution 1973 [with note to JPB] ; Grateful Dead Records announcement 1973 ["Fellow Dead Head,"] ; Alan Trist - A Balanced Objective 1981 ; Naropa Institute (and Peter Orlovsky) to GD 1981 re: Kerouac Conference [photocopy to JPB with note from Trist 1982] ; Record Production Budget 1982 ; Band Meeting Agenda October 1982 [with note from Trist "Heavy Meeting!"] ; LAPIS Technologies re: Special Effects for Summer Tour 1990 ; Press release re: bootleg merchandise 1993.
Box 92, folder 5

Tour itineraries 1970, 1971, 1973, 1982, 1990, 1993

Box 92, folder 7

Song listing (by Willy Legate?)

Box 92, folder 8

Partial draft of GD book (annotated photocopies)

Box 92, folder 9

Chapter 7 - Let It Grow (photocopy of typescript)

Box 92, folder 10

GD movie - "Uncle John's Band" binder

Box 92, folder 11

Messages re: "My Brother Esau" (WELL?) 1987


Ephemera, newsletters

Box 92, folder 1

Stickers (GD & NRPS), promotional postcards, Built To Last playing card, Wake of the Flood matchbook

Box 92, folder 2

JPB tickets, backstage passes and badges

Box 92, folder 4


Scope and Contents

"A message for all Dead Heads from Mickey Hart" flier ; BGP flier re: involuntary dosing ; BGP/Warfield handbill with house rules ; Minglewood Town Council flier/poster.
Box 92, folder 6

"Dead Heads" newsletters mailed to JPB

Scope and Contents

"Good Old Grateful Dead" Christmas card ; three newsletters 1972 ; three newsletters 1973 [two with notes from Mary Ann Mayer] ; Production Plan For GD-103, 1974.


Box 10, folder 9

JPB at Grateful Dead concerts 1990s

Box 90, folder 1

Photos of JPB at concerts


Published material & sound recordings

Box 87

Article clippings and photocopies circa 1978-1997

Box 89, folder 9

Dead-related magazines

Scope and Contents

Most are filed with Publications with JPB series. Includes Golden Road with Blair Jackson correspondence, Spiral Light No.28, and issue of Dupree's Diamond with some holiday cards.
Box 89, folder 9

How To "Truck" The Brand (Strategy & Business reprint 1997)

Box 91, folder 1

Books and songbooks

Scope and Contents

The Dead Book ; Garcia by the Editors of Rolling Stone [JPB quote p.19,26] ; Garcia: A Grateful Celebration [JPB "Losing Jerry" p.8] ; Playing in the Band ; Grateful Dead Anthology ; Grateful Dead: In The Dark ; E verything I Know About Business I Learned From the Grateful Dead [working title "Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead"].
Box 91, folder 2

"Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead" agreement [JPB wrote introduction] 2010

Box 91, folder 3

45s - Round Records promo sampler in mailer

Box 91, folder 3

45 - Bobby & The Midnights Columbia 38-04587

Box 91, folder 3

45 - Grateful Dead Arista AS1-9643

Box 91, folder 4

Labels for JPB mixtape

Box 91, folder 4

CD - Grateful Dead - Infrared Roses (GDCD4014)

Box 91, folder 5

Grateful Dead "The Music Never Stopped" sheet music


Series 9. Music and Movie-related

Scope and Contents

Contains music and movie-related correspondence, ephemera, and screenplays. Barlow acted in several productions in college and later was in a few movies and television programs. See also Education, Grateful Dead, and People, Groups, Events, Art series.


Box 10, folder 9

Phtotographs - Ramblin' Jack Elliot, other music-related

Box 97, folder 1

Music-related correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes note from Charlotte & Sean [Lennon], Bill Graham Presents re: Cambodia benefit concert proceeds 1980, Alphonso Johnson re: "Me Without You" 1983, NARAS SF re: Fighting Music Censorship Forum 1990, Greg Anton "Greg's Eggs" 1991, Gibson USA undated, Quincy Jones holiday cards, Banning Eyre 1999, Gerrit Graham letters and postcards (more in Personal Correspondence). Also fan mail, various demo & lyric submissions.
Box 97, folder 2

Music ephemera

Box 97, folder 3

Hootenanny: A Songbook of Radical Campfire Songs

Box 97, folder 4


Box 97, folder 5

Ramblin' Jack Elliot

Scope and Contents

Includes CD, promotional photograph, sketch, clippings. Some letters by Elliot's partner in Personal Correspondence.
Box 117, folder 3

RIAA Proposed Guidelines (faded facsimile document) 1993


Movies, acting, other activities

Box 32, folder 2

JPB-officiated weddings

Box 73, folder 2

Movie / Show Biz

Scope and Contents

Includes Screen Actors' Guild documents and contract for film Endangered Species
Box 73, folder 3

Other film/video/acting correspondence, etc.

Box 99, Box 100


Scope and Contents

Chinatown by Robert Towne, Third Draft 1973
Birdy by Sandy Kroopf & Jack Behr, A.P.'s Final Draft 1984
Crazy Horse by Otis Carney 1976 & 1977
The Edge treatment
Endangered Species Final Draft, Revised 1981 [JPB in movie]
Grown Ups by Eugenia Zukerman, Third Draft
The Informer by David Marconi 2003
Jack Rehabilitation
Moby Dick in Space treatment by Gerrit Graham, Samuel Graham, Chris L. Hubbell 1984
The National Game by Chris Hubbell & Gerrit Graham, First Draft 1979
Out of Africa by Kurt Luedtke 1984
Pleasure Island by Mark David Baer
Real Cowboy by Brewster Macwilliams, Third Draft 1985
Rugrats treatment by Robert Ryder
Twilight Zone - various episodes 1984-1986 [JPB in at least 1 episode]
Western Trinity by George Savage & George Savage, Jr. 1962 [sent to Norman Barlow]

Series 10. People, Groups, Events, Art

Scope and Contents

This series includes material on two well-known associates of Barlow's; Timothy Leary, whom Barlow met at Millbrook while was in college, and John F. Kennedy, Jr., who worked at Barlow's ranch and later became a close friend. Various other files involving art, event publicity, and other people and organizations have also been filed here. See also Leary file in Computers/Technology series.
Box 98, folder 3


Box 98, folder 2

Cacophony Society "Rough Draft" newsletters

Box 67, folder 4-5

John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Box 67, folder 1-3

Timothy Leary

Box 43, folder 5

Rene Ricard

Box 97, folder 6-7

Handbills, postcards, invitations

Scope and Contents

Printed ephemera for art exhibitions, performances, readings, politics, other events, etc.
Box 98, folder 1

JPB party invitations

Box 114, folder 6

Artwork (including sketches of JPB), stickers, handmade poetry book, etc.

Box 115, folder 4

Artwork, posters and printed items

Box 116



Series 11. Politics

Box 49, folder 1

Alan K. Simpson correspondence, etc.

Box 49, folder 2

Wyoming politicans - Malcolm Wallop, Cliff Hansen, Todd Sermon, etc.

Box 49, folder 3

Wyoming Republican Party

Box 49, folder 4

U.S. Congress - Dick Cheney, Teno Roncalio

Box 49, folder 5

Miscellaneous political

Box 49, folder 7

Gerald Ford ephemera

Box 49, folder 8

Wyoming politicians - Mike Simpson, Jack Pugh, etc.

Box 49, folder 6

Political ephemera

Box 114, folder 4

Political ephemera


Series 12. Memorabilia, awards, artifacts, etc.

Box 98, folder 4-5

Vehicle-related ephemera

Box 98, folder 6

Address books, itineraries, etc.

Box 102, folder 1

Cards, stickers, souvenirs, etc.

Box 111

Two boxes of business cards & notes

Box 111

Awards & trophies

Box 111


Box 111

Box of trinkets & souvenirs

Box 111

Address file

Box 111

Envelope labeled "old notes"

Box 112


Scope and Contents

Includes commemorative coins, monogrammed handkerchief, "Barlows" matchbook, JPB wallets, costume mustaches, JPB baby teeth, printing block, playing cards with handwritten instructions for fortunetelling game, box of buttons (mostly political).
Box 115, folder 2

Bumper stickers (EFF, WOC, political)

Box 117, folder 1

Conference & concert passes, FVS & Desert Storm badges


Series 13. Miscellaneous publications & clippings

Box 101, folder 1

Chain letters, religious ephemera

Box 101, folder 3

Clippings and other printed material

Box 102

Miscellaneous small books and pamphlets

Box 102

Boing Boing no.2, 6, 7, 13 and correspondence

Box 102

City Lights poetry books - Ferlinghetti, Kaufman

Box 103

Encyclopedia Psychedelica Vol.9

Box 103

Fly comics and correspondence

Box 103

Families Against Mandatory Minimums No.8

Box 103

Future: 01 Electronic Music Magazine

Box 103

Hermenaut no.11/12

Box 115, folder 3

High Frontiers 1985

Box 103

Iron Feather Journal no.13

Box 103

Everett Peck - I, T.V.

Box 103

Journal of Cognitive Liberties vol.4 no.2 [JPB on Board of Directors]

Box 103

Poems While You Wait - Street Poetry of Bill Keys

Box 103

Let Freedom Ring vol.5 no.1

Box 103

Magical Blend no.30

Box 103

Message no.7

Box 103

Midwife vol.4 no. 1

Box 103

Nuthing Sacred no.7, 8

Box 103

Poppin' Zits no.6

Box 103

Reign of Toads no.4

Box 103

Rollmag no.15

Box 103

Shift no.8.5

Box 103

Sputnik Cultura Digital

Box 103

San Francisco Chronicle TV Week - Ken Kesey cover story

Box 103

SubGenius book, press kit, etc.

Box 103

Uncle Bob's Tao of Madness Cosmic Quiz


Series 14. Photographs

Box 1, folder 1

Andy Leonard prints & contacts - JPB, Wyoming ranch, friends, etc. 1971

Scope and Contents

Includes Bob Weir and Frankie Hart among others. Some may not be taken by Leonard.
Box 1, folder 2

Color prints & negatives - JPB friends/family Wyoming circa 1974

Box 1, folder 3

Mounted portraits, including P.W. Jenkins, Miriam Jenkins, Norman Barlow, and other relations

Box 1, folder 3

Cuba/Florida trip 1950

Box 1, folder 4

"Snapshots" photo album (with enlcosed set of ranch photos) circa 1950s

Box 1, folder 5

Photo album - camping trip circa 1960s

Box 1, folder 6

Nature/outdoor scenes

Box 2, folder 1

Ranch house, other buildings & interiors

Box 2, folder 2

Pioneer Days, other historical re-enactments

Box 2, folder 3-5

Prints, slides & negatives - ranching, Wyoming

Box 2, folder 6

Ranching & family portraits (from Flavia Fabric box) circa 1910-1925

Box 2, folder 7

Photo album - rural life, Wyoming? circa 1908

Box 3, folder 1-3

JPB portraits etc.

Box 3, folder 4-5

Negatives & contact sheets - photos by JPB? circa 1960s

Scope and Contents

Includes portraits and snapshots, nature scenes, Grateful Dead, John Cage, Moondog, Sausalito houseboats, girlfriends, etc.
Box 3, folder 6

Miscellaneous photos

Scope and Contents

Albert Gore with JPB (signed); John Cage & Moondog mounted prints (by JPB); Albert Hofmann portrait (signed)
Box 4, folder 1

Ranch photos (larger)

Box 4, folder 2-3

Mounted prints - portraits by JPB

Box 5, folder 1-2

Mounted prints - abstract/nature/still life by JPB

Box 5, folder 3

JPB portraits (larger)

Box 5, folder 4

Envelopes & other photo ephemera

Box 7, folder 1-2

Barlow family & friends

Box 7, folder 3

Barlow family & friends (from Miriam files)

Box 7, folder 4-5

Christmas trees & decorations

Box 8, folder 1

Miscellaneous (larger)

Scope and Contents

Includes Leah Barlow photo for Pinedale Roundup 1983; mounted color photo of woman golfer; mounted Lars Speyer photo of Ron Boise erotic sculpture
Box 8, folder 2-3

Mounted prints - portraits by JPB

Box 8, folder 4

UCLA Roundtable in Multimedia group photo 1991

Box 9

Photo album with enclosed packet of snapshots circa 1940s-50s

Box 10, folder 1

Mounted prints - portraits by JPB

Box 10, folder 2

JPB friends, etc.

Box 10, folder 3

Friends, trips, family 1950s-1960s

Box 10, folder 4

JPB with friends & family 1980s-1990s

Box 10, folder 5

Miscellaneous negatives

Box 10, folder 6

Wesleyan-era photos

Box 10, folder 7

JPB in theatrical performances

Box 10, folder 8

JPB-officiated wedding ceremonies

Box 10, folder 8

JPB at party (color photocopies) 1990s

Box 11, folder 1-2

JPB travel & event photos

Box 11, folder 3

Unidentified film rolls

Box 11

JPB family vacations [unfoldered] 1990s

Box 12

JPB family vacations [unfoldered] 1990s

Box 64, folder 9

Photographs of JPB etc. in letters

Scope and Contents

Includes photograph of Barlow with Spalding Gray.
Box 113

Framed photographs

Box 114, folder 2

Portrait of JPB with 3840 Winchester and Apple computer (photo by Ted Wood for New York Sunday Times article on EFF)


Series 16. Born Digital & Hardware (partially open)

Conditions Governing Access

Digital materials stored on 5.25" floppy disks have been processed and are open for research. The materials are available through SearchWorks at the collection record: Materials containing financial information, contact information of third parties, or copyright held by other parties have been restricted; these materials can be accessed at full resolution by visiting the Field Reading Room.
The full text version of the email contained in this collection is available in the Field Reading Room; a redacted version, displaying correspondents and extracted entities (personal and corporate names and locations) from Barlow's email have been published in Stanford's online discovery module: 452 messages have been entirely restricted from both the discovery module and the full text version available in the reading room according to federal and state guidelines, and Stanford Libraries policy, for up to 80 years. These messages may contain financial, medical, legal, and other sensitive information. They will be made available in 2089. Additionally, due to the potentially sensitive nature of their content, 217 messages are available only in the full-text version of the collection that is accessible in the Field Reading Room at Green Library and have been restricted from the redacted version that is available on in the discovery module.
The remaining digital portion of the collection is closed until processing is complete. Born-digital material is not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

Scope and Contents

Computer media includes 14 external hard drives, 60 3.5 inch floppy disks, 25 5.25 inch floppy disks, 55 optical media (CDs/DVDs), 30 magneto-optical disks and optical disk cartridges, 21 Jaz Disks, 14 flash/thumb drives, 6 SD cards, 3 laptops, 1 desktop, 1 Zip disk, 1 sim card, and assorted hardware holding no data.
Content on the 5.25" floppy disks have been processed and are open for research. The content in the files, dating from 1979-1991, spans several of Barlow's interests, including ranch operations, Wyoming Outdoor Council operations, song lyric drafts and transcripts, scripts and treatments, and personal correspondence and memos.
The email archive spans the years of 1996-2009. The archive contains correspondence related to Barlow's life, work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and personal and family relationships. The archive also documents Barlow's speaking engagements for various academic institutions and his prolific world travels.