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Finding Aid for the George Barnes Collection, 1919-1926
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  • Biography
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  • Descriptive Summary

    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.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.


    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 The Copperhead , 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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Barnes, George--Archives.
    Actors--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material