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HOLLIS 601635

Barnes, Charles Benjamin. Diaries, 1894-1954: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601635
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Charles Benjamin Barnes diaries
Date(s): 1894-1954
Quantity: 58 items (9 Paige boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection contains the diaries of Charles Benjamin Barnes (1868-1956), attorney, lecturer and civic leader. Entries are detailed, describing Barnes' law practice, club membership, and social engagements.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The diaries of Charles Benjamin Barnes (1868-1956), attorney, lecturer and civic leader, were presented to the Harvard Law School Library by his son, Charles Benjamin Barnes, Jr., on August 3, 1978.

Conditions Governing Access:

Open to the public without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright. Literary rights, including copyright, to these diaries were not transferred to the Harvard Law School Library at the time of this gift, and they remain with the heirs of Charles Benjamin Barnes, Jr., who died in 1981.

Historical/Biographical Information


Scope and Contents

The diaries of Charles Benjamin Barnes (1868-1956) cover the years 1894 to 1954. There are individual volumes for the years 1894 through 1898 and 1904 through 1954; entries for 1899 through 1903 are in one volume and are sparse and incomplete.
Entries for the individual diary volumes are extremely detailed, describing Barnes' mode of reaching his office, activities during the day at the law office, at board meetings, club functions, and social engagements at home and elsewhere. During most of his years of law practice, Barnes commuted from Hingham on the Nantucket Steamship Line (which his father had founded) during the milder months; during the inclement winter months he resided in Boston. A large portion of the entries relates to his sports activities, such as sailing, tennis, golf, and summer fishing in the Canadian Maritimes. Barnes was an active Harvard alumnus and kept a record of his participation in various alumni activities.
The diaries refer to many personal friends and acquaintances by initials only. Barnes makes scant references to national political or general historical events; neither is he given to contemplation or expression of strong feelings.
Twenty of Barnes' student notebooks from his law school years are kept in the library's Student Notebooks Collection.

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Additional Index Terms

Practice of law.
Barnes, Charles Benjamin, 1868-1956.
Nantasket Steamship Line.