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Djuna Barnes Collection

Learn about resources for Djuna Barnes in Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland Libraries

Barnes Family Papers

The Barnes family papers consist of the papers of Djuna Barnes's grandmother, Zadel Barnes Gustafson (1841-1917), her father, Brian Barnes (1865-1934) (born Henry Budington, but also known as Wald Barnes, Wald Gustafson, Brian Eglinton Barnes, and Harold Barnes), and her half-sister Muriel (b. 1899) and half-brother Duane (b. 1902). Zadel Barnes was a journalist, poet, and women's rights activist, and her papers consist of poems, a short story, two scrapbooks, correspondence which includes a letter from John Greenleaf Whittier, and legal documents. Brian Barnes was an amateur poet and composer. His papers comprise the bulk of the Barnes family papers and consist of numerous literary works and musical scores, as well as correspondence, artworks, and miscellaneous items. The papers of Duane and Muriel Barnes consist of four postcards from Djuna Barnes and miscellaneous items. The Barnes family papers also contain ninety-one family photographs, spanning four generations of the family, and sixteen photographs of artworks produced by Brian Barnes and his father-in-law John Faulkner. A collection of thirty-four books owned by Barnes family members and ranging from 1846 to 1973 has been transferred to the Marylandia and Rare Books Department.

Irwin Cohen Collection

Irwin Cohen (1947- ), a bibliophile and book collector, is manager of the Time Warner, Inc., Bookstore in New York City. When was in high school, Mr. Cohen first encountered and read Djuna Barnes's Nightwood, which led him to collect works by and about her. He eventually met Miss Barnes, when his wife, Francesca Belanger, then senior designer at Dial Press was assigned to Miss Barnes's last book, Creatures in an Alphabet. The Cohen collection consists of artwork, clippings, manuscripts, proofs, photographs, and publications by and about Djuna Barnes and her era. Materials related to the publication of Creatures in an Alphabet form a large part of the collection. The books that came with the collection were transferred to the Marylandia and Rare Books Department and the reference collection of the Archives and Manuscripts Department.

Phillip Herring Papers

Phillip Herring (1936- ) is a scholar and biographer, who taught English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, for over twenty five years. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1966, and later worked at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. Herring is the author of Joyce's Uncertainty Principle (1987), Djuna: the Life and Work of Djuna Barnes (1995), and is the co-editor of Djuna Barnes' Collected Poems: With Notes Towards the Memoirs (2005). His papers consist of photographs acquired during the writing of his Barnes biography. Subjects include Djuna Barnes, her family and friends, and locations relating to Barnes' life.