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Collection Number: 05239

Collection Title: William J. Barnhart Papers, 1943-1978

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Size 5.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4400 items)
Abstract William Joseph Barnhart was born in Boonville, Mo., in 1923. Barnhart joined the military in 1943, serving in France and Austria for 18 months. Beginning in April 1946, Barnhart attended the University of Tennessee where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1947 and a Masters of Arts in 1949. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1955. Barnhart served as dean of Florida Memorial College in Saint Augustine, Fla., and was on the English faculty at Shepherd University in West Virginia. He died in 1978. The collection includes correspondence, writings, diaries, photographs, and other items relating to William J. Barnhart. Correspondence is primarily with family, friends, students, and colleagues. There are letters written by Barnhart while he was stationed in France and Austria during World War II. Writings include Barnhart's academic work, poetry, and writings for the Jefferson County Historical Society in Charles Town, W.Va. The collection also includes two diaries kept by Barnhart for the years 1944-1986 and 1970-1978, photographs taken during Barnhart's military service, military papers, awards, diplomas, papers relating to teaching, and other items.
Creator Barnhart, William J. (William Joseph), 1923-1978.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection has restrictions to access. Please see details below or contact the Manuscripts Department for more information.
Restrictions to Use
RESTRICTED: Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William J. Barnhart Papers #5239, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charlotte Copeland in October 2005 (Acc. 100219).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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William Joseph Barnhart was born 1 December 1923 in Boonville, Mo. Barnhart attended Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., for two years. In March 1943, he joined the military where he attended an Army Specialized Training Program at Michigan State College for three months. He served in France and Austria for 18 months. Upon returning to the United States in April 1946, he attended the University of Tennessee where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1947 and a Masters of Arts in 1949. He then attended the University of North Carolina and received a Ph.D. in 1955. Barnhart went on to teach English Literature at Florida Memorial College, where he served as Dean of the College. He then moved to Shepherdstown, W.Va., where he was on the English faculty at Shepherd University. He died 21 August 1978 of a heart attack.

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Papers of World War II soldier, English professor, and college administrator William J. Barnhart contain correspondence, writings, diaries, photographs, and other items. Correspondence is primarily with family, friends, students, and colleagues. There are letters written by Barnhart while he was stationed in France and Austria during World War II. Writings include Barnhart's academic work, poetry, and writings for the Jefferson County Historical Society in Charles Town, W.Va. The collection also includes two diaries kept by Barnhart for the years 1944-1986 and 1970-1978, photographs taken during Barnhart's military service, military papers, awards, diplomas, papers relating to teaching, and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1940-1978.

About 2000 items.

Arrangement: There are two primary runs of correspondence: the first is arranged alphabetically by correspondent; the second is arranged chronologically. Barnhart's arrangement has, for the most part, been maintained.

Correspondence with family, friends, students, and colleagues. Barnhart's letters written while stationed in France and Austria during World War II can be found in folders 29-38.

Folder 1

Aycock, Roy #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 1

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

Beasley family #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 2-3

Folder 4

Chang, Jen-Chi #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 4

Folder 5

Fleischer, Connie #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 5

Folder 6

Frantz, Evelyn #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 6

Folder 7

Gardiner, Ann #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

Gregory, Catherine (wife) #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 8-9

Folder 10

Hampshire, Walter #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 10

Folder 11

Hueninck family #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 11

Folder 12

Jefferson County Historical Society #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 12

Folder 13

Kaler Family #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 13

Folder 14

Kirby, Dallas #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 14

Folder 15

Kirby, Roy #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 15

Folder 16

Kirkel, Edward #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 16

Folder 17

Malton, Vera Ellen #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 17

Folder 18

Marecek family #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 18

Folder 19

Nicolson, Homer K. #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 19

Folder 20

Piner, Duke #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 20

Folder 21

Prize, John E. (composer) #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 21

Folder 22

Rogers, Rogers Preston #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 22

Folder 23

Smith, Vera Lee #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 23

Folder 24

Taylor, Carolyn #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 24

Folder 25

Thaler, A. W. #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 25

Folder 26

Thermeniuses family #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 26

Folder 27

Yosgandes, Gini #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 27

Folder 28

Correspondence Related to teaching #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 28

Includes audiotape of a lecture by John Francis (T-5239/1).

Folder 29-31

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Correspondence, 1943 #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 29-31

Folder 32-34

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Correspondence, 1944 #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 32-34

Folder 35-37

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Correspondence, 1945 #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 35-37

Folder 38

Correspondence, 1946 #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 38

Folder 39

Correspondence, 1947-1950 #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 39

Folder 40

Correspondence, 1951-1953 #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 40

Folder 41

Correspondence, 1970s #05239, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1940-1978." Folder 41

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About 800 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Primarily Barnhart's academic writings and pieces for the Magazine of the Jefferson County Historical Society of Charles Town, W.Va. Barnhart wrote about the history of parishes, mainly the Trinity Episcopal Church, and on historical homes in Jefferson County. There are also printed works containing poems by Barnhart.

Folder 42

"Humours in Restoration Comedy" #05239, Series: "2. Writings, 1948-1978." Folder 42

Folder 43

Jefferson County Historical Society #05239, Series: "2. Writings, 1948-1978." Folder 43

Contains issues of The Magazine of the Jefferson County Historical Society.

Folder 44

Jefferson County Houses #05239, Series: "2. Writings, 1948-1978." Folder 44

Folder 45

The Lamp: literary magazine of Florida Memorial College #05239, Series: "2. Writings, 1948-1978." Folder 45

Folder 46-47

Folder 46

Folder 47

Parishes #05239, Series: "2. Writings, 1948-1978." Folder 46-47

Folder 48

Revision of Allen McIntosh's Travelor's Rest #05239, Series: "2. Writings, 1948-1978." Folder 48

Folder 49

"Spenser's Lively Anatome of Death" #05239, Series: "2. Writings, 1948-1978." Folder 49

Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

"The Sullen Lovers to Love in a Wood" #05239, Series: "2. Writings, 1948-1978." Folder 50-51

Folder 52

Trinity Episcopal Church #05239, Series: "2. Writings, 1948-1978." Folder 52

Folder 53

Other writings #05239, Series: "2. Writings, 1948-1978." Folder 53

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Other Papers, 1943-1978.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Pictures, circa 1944-1978.

About 800 items.

Chiefly photographs taken while Barnhart was stationed in France and Austria during World War II. Also includes photographs of Barnhart with his family and students.

Image Folder P-5239/1-4

P-5239/1

P-5239/2

P-5239/3

P-5239/4

World War II #05239, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1944-1978." P-5239/1-4

Image Folder P-5239/5

Teaching #05239, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1944-1978." P-5239/5

Image Folder P-5239/6

Photograph diary, 1944-1949 #05239, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1944-1978." P-5239/6

Five year diary in which photographs of people and places were pasted.

Image Folder P-5239/7

Other photographs #05239, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1944-1978." P-5239/7

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Processing Information

Processed by: Danielle Weber and Rusty Michalak, November 2006

Encoded by: Danielle Weber and Rusty Michalak, November 2006

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