Claude A. Barnett papers

Descriptive Summary

Claude A. Barnett papers
Predominant Dates
bulk 1928-1963
Barnett, Claude, 1889-1967
American National Red Cross. Chicago Chapter, Associated Negro Press, Booker T. Washington Institute (Kakata, Liberia), Liberia Company, Phelps-Stokes Fund, Provident Hospital (Chicago, Ill.), Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company (Chicago, Ill.), Tuskegee Institute, United States. Dept. of Agriculture, World News Service (Chicago, Ill.)
180 linear ft.
2 oversize folders.
1 microfilm reel :
b&w ;(camera negative of Robinson scrapbook).
35 mm.
1 box.
(Index to the collection).
Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, clippings, reports, minutes, speeches, and financial records of Claude Albert Barnett, the director of the Associated Negro Press (ANP); news releases of the ANP (1928-1964) and of the World News Service (1961-1963). Topics include African American newspapers and journalists; colleges, especially Tuskegee Institute and the Conference of Presidents of Negro Land Grant Colleges; businesses, especially advertising, beauty products, and insurance; churches; hospitals; fraternal societies; entertainment; agricultural extension services; racial segregation and integration of the United States armed forces; the home front during World War II; and African travel and culture, especially in Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria. Also includes materials on Barnett's family and the singing and acting career of Etta Moten (Mrs. Barnett), including correspondence and advertising.

Some records pertain to Barnett's service as a trustee of Tuskegee Institute (1932-65), as special assistant to the U.S. secretary of agriculture (1942-52), and as board member of Phelps-Stokes Fund, of Booker T. Washington Institute in Liberia, of American Negro Exposition (1940 : Chicago), of Supreme Liberty Insurance Company, of Provident Hospital, of The Liberia Company, and of the American National Red Cross.

Persons who corresponded with ANP or with Barnett include J.V. Clinton, Henry B. Cole, Frank Marshall Davis, Rudolph Dunbar, Alice Dunnigan, Albon Holsey, Harry Levette, William Pickens, Percival L. Prattis, Emmanuel Racine, John C. Robinson, Alvin E. White, and editors and publishers of most African American newspapers, including Afro American (Baltimore, Md.), Amsterdam news (New York City), Atlanta daily world, Black dispatch (Okla.), Houston informer, Kansas City call (Mo.), New York age, Norfolk journal and guide, Philadelphia tribune, and Pittsburgh courier. Other correspondents include U.S. Representative Frances P. Bolton, Horace Mann Bond, Sherman Briscoe, George Washington Carver, E. M. Glucksman, Charles S. Johnson, Mordecai Johnson, Bishop Frederick D. Jordan, Robert R. Moton, Clarence Muse, Frederick D. Patterson, James E. Shepard, Jesse O. Thomas, Channing H. Tobias, President William V. S. Tubman of Liberia, and Annie M. Turnbo Malone.

Conditions for Access

A few boxes are closed to researchers (box 112A, box 355, box 356 folders 1-4, and box 413A).

Conditions Governing Use

Copyrights owned by Etta Moten Barnett were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. However, other copyrights may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

A common citation for archives is as follows: Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Collection title, ID number, Repository name, location.

Acquisition Information

Motley, Archie. Gift 1984/10. Program of the National Negro Press Association, 1912; purchased from McBlain Bks, Hamden CT for 15.00 dollars. Barnett, Etta Moten. Gift M1974.0064. Barnett, Etta Moten. Gift M1973.0017.

Custodial History

Gift of Etta Moten Barnett (M1973.0017, M1974.0064).

Related Material

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Claude A. Barnett collection of visual materials (1980.0213, including the Claude A. Barnett broadsides collection) and the microfilm edition of major portions of the Claude A. Barnett papers by University Publications of America (made in 1985).

Related Material

Many published items (pamphlets, clippings, press releases) from African countries were transferred from the Barnett papers to the Melville J. Herskovits Africana Library at Northwestern University Library in Evanston, Illinois. However, most Liberian material was kept in the Barnett papers at Chicago History Museum.

Related Material

Some Etta Moten Barnett materials form part of the Claude A. Barnett Papers at Chicago History Museum. Another large collection known as the Etta Moten Barnett Papers is at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature in the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library of the Chicago Public Library system.

Related Material

There is an Associated Negro Press collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Daley Library, Daley Special Collections Dept.

Related Material

Interviews (8) with men associated with Barnett were conducted by Lawrence D. Hogan in 1977 while writing his dissertation and book on the ANP. They were donated to the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory.

Alternate Format Available

This material has been digitized by ProQuest and is available to subscribers to the History Vault collection, Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Part 1 and Part 2.

Alternate Format Available

A partial microfilm edition of the collection was created by University Publications of America in 1985, which mostly omits the undated materials, newsclippings, and pamphlets filed at the end of folders. The archival series named "Africa and other foreign interests" is not included in the microfilm edition. Microfilm may be purchased through University Publications of America, which is owned by LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. Chicago History Museum has a copy of this microfilm edition but is not permitted to copy or loan this microfilm through interlibrary-loan services. The content of this microfilm edition is available as an online digital subscription through ProQuest in the Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Part 2.

Descriptive inventory available online.

Indexed Terms

Exhibits Note

Exhibited in: "Curators' Choice," Chicago Historical Society, October 1993-January 8, 1994.ANP news release, 1941 Mar. 12 & WNS announcement 1960.

Meeting Name

Conference of Presidents of Negro Land Grant Colleges.

Meeting Name

American Negro Exposition (1940 :Chicago, Ill.)