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Finding aid to the B.W. Grant Barnes papers, 1913-2008

Finding aid prepared by Hilary Robman and Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Barnes, B.W. Grant, 1948-
Title
B.W. Grant Barnes papers
Collection no.
Coll2013.036
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1970-2000
Date [inclusive]
1913-2008
Extent
9.6 linear feet., 9 archive boxes + 1 archive carton.
Language
English
Language of Materials note
Languages represented in the collection: English and German.
Abstract
Reports and administrative files from the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), subject and research files, and personal papers (bulk, 1970-2000) from Attorney B.W. Grant Barnes. The collection includes extensive subject files pertaining to Barnes' research in international human rights laws; records documenting his work in the Individual Rights Section of the LACBA; and his personal writings, correspondence and other material documenting his involvement in numerous gay and lesbian organizations.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] B.W. Grant Barnes Papers, Coll2013-036, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

B.W. Grant Barnes was born in Stephenville, Texas. He graduated high school in 1966, then attended the University of Texas for his bachelor's degree. He graduated in 1972, with High Honors in Sociology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and Architecture. After living in Berlin in the mid-1970s while teaching English, he moved back to the United States and graduated Harvard Law School in 1982.

His legal experience includes international counseling and litigation practice (including providing counsel to Swedish and German law firms and assisting local firms in California in state and federal litigation and business due diligence), international law, international civil aviation, securities regulation and mortgage acquisition litigation, insurance coverage, labor litigation and counseling (including performance/recording contracts), construction claims, government contract law, and general business negotiable law.

Barnes was involved in gay rights activism, including research in international human rights violations and LGBT legal issues in the United States. He also advocated for LGBT immigration rights, same-gender marriage and AIDS awareness and support. He was a member of LGBT groups including AIDS Project Los Angeles, Asian/Pacific Lesbians & Gays, Gay Bruins, Lawyers for Human Rights and Lambda Lawyers. He also participated on the rowing team in the Gay Games of 1994 in Amsterdam.

As of 2013, Barnes continues to live in Los Angeles, California.

Source:

B.W. Grant Barnes Papers, Coll2013-036, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Scope and Contents

The collection comprises reports and administrative files from the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), subject and research files, and personal papers (bulk, 1970-2000) from Attorney B.W. Grant Barnes. The LACBA and Gay and Lesbian Legal Issues Series includes records documenting his work in the Individual Rights Section of the LACBA, as well as material documenting gay and lesbian legislation and legal cases, particularly in California and Hawaii. The Subject Files Series comprises extensive files of clippings and articles pertaining to Barnes' research in international human rights laws. The Personal Papers Series includes Barnes' personal writings, correspondence and other material documenting his involvement in numerous gay and lesbian organizations. In particular, this series includes material from LGBT lawyers organizations, the rowing team from the 1994 Gay Games, sound recordings from the OutWrite conference for gay and lesbian writers, and Barnes' writings, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Los Angeles County Bar Association and gay and lesbian legal issues

Series 2. Subject files

Series 3. Personal papers

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Gift of B.W. Grant Barnes, September 4, 2008.

Processing Information

Formerly boxes 102-011, 103-050, 103-079, 103-080, 103-236, 103-255, 104-127, 104-156. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama and Hilary Robman, June 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Gay Games.
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Correspondence
  • Gay men's writings
  • Poetry

Subject(s)

  • AIDS (Disease)
  • Gay and lesbian rights
  • Gays--Law and legislation
  • Homosexuality--Germany--History
  • Homosexuality--Law and legislation
  • Homosexuality--Research
  • Human rights advocacy
  • International law and human rights

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1.  Los Angeles County Bar Association and gay and lesbian legal issues 1980-2000 

Series Description

This series includes meeting minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, newsletters, financial records, and resource material documenting Barnes' work in the Individual Rights Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). The Individual Rights Section concentrates on legal issues that affect individual liberty, including those involving LGBT and AIDS patients' rights. This series also includes government-issued reports, clippings, legal briefs and other material documenting LGBT legal issues.

Arrangement

Administrative files from the Individual Rights Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association are at the beginning of this series and arranged chronologically. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Los Angeles County Bar Association, Individual Rights Section 1989-1996   [21 folders]

3 1-21

 Los Angeles County Bar Association, Individual Rights Section 1995-1996   [5 folders]

4 1-5

 Boy Scouts of America case 1999-2000 

4 7

 California legislation 1988-1994 

4 8

 "Creating an Environment Conducive to Diversity" 1991 

4 6

 "Hate Crime in Los Angeles County" 1989 

4 9

 Hawaii, gay issues 1995-1998   [2 folders]

4 10-11

 "Homosexuality: A European Community Issue" 1993 

4 12

 Legal cases 1980-1987   [2 folders]

4 14-15

 "Same-gender Marriage on the Horizon; Issues for Practioners" 1996 

4 16

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Series 2:  Series 2.  Subject files 1913-2003 

Series Description

This series comprises subject files containing clippings, photocopied articles and book chapters, bibliographies, journals, notes, correspondence, conference proceedings, reports, and other material collected by Barnes, primarily for his research in international human rights.

Arrangement

Unsorted clippings and photocopied articles have been placed at the end of this series. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 Abortion 1971-1981 

4 17

 Africa, human rights 1973-1983   [2 folders]

4 18-19

 Amnesty International circa 1993-1996 

4 20

 Aptheker, Bettina. "Personal Background" undated 

4 21

 Argentina 1977-1983 

4 22

 Australia and South Pacific anthropology 1970-1977 

4 23

 Asia, East, and India, human rights 1977-1983   [2 folders]

4 24-25

 Bakke, Allan and Marco De Funis; "Positive Discrimination" 1975-1979 

5 15

 Behavioral psychology 1971-1975 

4 26

 Bibliographies circa 1968 

9 1

 China, human rights 1972-1980   [2 folders]

5 1-2

 Classical and ancient history 1973-1977 

7 10

 Conference papers, Cabanal-Evan's class 1983 

9 17

 Egypt 1970-1985 

5 3

 El Salvador 1980-1983 

5 4

 English history 1973-1975 

5 6

 English legal history 1962-1978 

5 5

 Europe circa 1970-1985 

5 7

 Gender issues 

Box Folder

 Men's roles; homosexuality 1978-1979 

5 8

 Sexual abuse on men circa 1993 

5 9

 Status of women 1961-1980 

5 10

 Germany 

Box Folder

 3rd Reich; World War 2 1945-1980   [2 folders]

5 11-12

 3rd Reich; law, war crimes 1944-1979 

5 13

 Apo-Kriegsdienst Verweigerer 1968-1972 

5 14

 Communes and alternative to families 1967-1979 

5 16

 Counter culture seminar 1970-1971 

5 17

 Counter-culture theory, bohemians 1968-1980 

5 18

 DDR cultural life and travel 1973-1979 

5 19

 Deutscher Widerstand 1968-1979 

5 20

 Die Enstehung des Faschismus Theorien Hitler 1968-1979 

5 21

 Fritz Teufel and Group "Klau Mich" 1967-1978 

5 22

 Germanic marriage customs 1913-1978 

5 23

 Hippies and Gammler 1966-1974 

5 24

 Informationen zur Politischen Bildung 1978-1996 

5 25

 "Moral Dilemmas in a Repressive Society: Nazi Germany" (Social Sciences 162) 1965-1979 

6 6

 "Psychohistorical Origins of the Nazi Youth Cohort," by Peter Loewenberg 1971 

6 1

 Rockers, West German youth sub-culture 1968-1973 

6 4

 Sozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund (SDS) and Dutschke Cohn-Bendit 1967-1978 

6 5

 Sociology of youth 1968-1975 

6 7

 Student and youth press; "Konhret" 1967-1974 

6 8

 Students demography attitudes 1968-1978 

6 9

 Student demonstrations; court cases 1968-1980 

6 10

 Student movement; general, theoretical, responses, and criticism 1967-1981 

6 11

 Student organizations; West Germany red cells 1968-1973 

6 12

 Studenten in der BRD 1967-1968 

6 13

 Weimar 1967-1980   [2 folders]

6 14-15
Box Folder

 Greek philosophy; Plato, Aristotle 1960-1975 

6 16

 Holocaust 1971-1983   [2 folders]

6 17-18

 "Homosexuals, Human Rights and the Religious Society of Friends, Or--Queer Quakers: Faggots, Faeries and Friends" 1989 

4 13

 Hungary 1974-1979 

6 19

 Islamic law 1958-1980   [4 folders]

6 20-23

 Italy 1974-1978 

6 24

 Japan, human rights 1953-1980   [3 folders]

7 1-3

 Juveniles and the law; gangs, juvenile justice 1973-1980 

7 4

 Korea, human rights 1975-1980 

7 5

 Latin America, human rights 1968-1983 

7 7

 Latin America travel 1973-1978 

7 6

 Law history and theory 

Box Folder

 The Behavior of Law, by Donald Black 1972-1976 

7 8

 Church, State, and Christian Society, by Gerd Tellenbach 1959 

7 9

 "Field Statements: Sociology of Law" 1973-1979 

7 15

 "Law and Ideology," Judith Shklar undated 

7 13

 Law and Society, by Stig Jorgensen 1970 

7 12

 "Law, History and Society" class; "Marriage in Medieval (canon) Law" 1978 

7 14

 "Materials on Law, History, and Society" seminar; "Deposition of Richard II" 1978 

7 11

 Sociology of Law, by G. Sawer (ed.) undated 

7 16
Box Folder

 Medieval church and state (Social Sciences 2) 1970-1978 

6 2

 Middle East 

Box Folder

 Islamic, Arabic circa 1970-1985   [2 folders]

8 3-4

 Law of the Near Middle East: Cases and Materials, by Herbert J. Liebesny 1975 

8 1

 Mideast; North Africa 1978-1983 

8 5

 Persian Gulf; Kuwait 1977-1984 

8 2
Box Folder

 Morocco circa 1964-1982   [2 folders]

8 6-7

 New Left 1962-1980 

6 3

 Poland 1968-1980 

8 8

 Police vigilantes 1968-1981 

8 9

 Prisons and peneology 1970-1981 

8 10

 Saudi Arabia 1985 

8 11

 Sociology of the court room juries 1970-1983 

8 12

 Sociology of music 1967-1979 

8 13

 South Africa, human rights 1975-1983   [2 folders]

8 14-15

 USSR; Balkans 1968-1979 

8 16

 University of Wisconsin, Center for Demography and Ecology 1986-1995   [4 folders]

8 18-21

 University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty 1975-1976 

8 17

 Articles and clippings, numbered photocopies circa 1950-2003   [5 folders]

10 1-5

 Articles and clippings, unsorted circa 1950-2003   [14 folders]

9 2-16

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Series 3:  Series 3.  Personal papers 1965-2008 

Series Description

This series comprises manuscripts, correspondence, organization flyers and promotional material, newsletters, audiocassettes, minutes, and other material documenting Barnes' involvement in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and AIDS organizations, his participation in the 1994 Gay Games, his fiction and non-fiction writings, his educational background, and other interests.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 AIDS information circa 1982-1995 

1 1-2

 AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) circa 1982-1995 

1 3

 Art exhibits and galleries, promotional material circa 1990-2000 

1 4-5

 Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) 1992-1994 

1 6

 Certificates 1987, 1994 

1 7

 Class notes and syllabi 1976-1978 

1 8

 Comstock 1986-1987 

1 9

 Correspondence circa 1984-1995 

1 10

 Correspondence, email printouts 1995-2008 

1 11

 Correspondence, Euro-Queer 1980-1995 

1 12

 Correspondence, gay-bruins email 1998-2003 

1 13
Box Item

 Defamation by Harvey Fierstein [sound recording] undated   1 audiocassette.

AC AC1898
Box Folder

 Dignity 1976-1988 

1 14

 Eroticizing Safe Sex Workshop undated 

1 15

 Feminists for Life of America 1994-1995 

1 16

 Gay Games circa 1990-1998   [3 folders]

1 17-19

 Gay Games Amsterdam 1998 

1 20

 Gay Games, rowing 1998 

1 21

 Gay Games, Team Hawaii 1998 

1 22

 Golden State Peace Officers 1996-1997 

1 23

 Harvard Law School 1983-2002   [4 folders]

1 24-27

 Lambda Lawyers 1986-1989 

1 28

 Law firm rejection letters 1981-1983 

1 29

 Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights 1982-1984 

2 1

 Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) 1989-2000 

2 2
Box Item

 Leprosy, the Plague and AIDS; Dr. John Boswell 1986   1 audiocassette.

AC AC1899
Box Folder

 Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force 1995-2003 

2 3

 Mailing lists and business cards undated 

2 4

 Manuscripts 

2 5-9
Box Folder

 "Jim Sleeper" (first draft) undated 

2 5

 "Legal Theories and Social Change" 1976 

2 6

 "Poland" 1974 

2 7

 Manuscript, untitled undated 

2 8

 Manuscript, untitled undated 

2 9

 Music, theater, opera and ballet programs circa 1994-1996  

2 10

 Notes undated 

2 11

 Organizational mailers, flyers and brochures, LGBT 1983-2000   [4 folders]

2 12-15

 Organizational mailers, flyers and brochures, non-LGBT 1985-1996 

2 16
Box Item

 OutWrite: 5th National Gay and Lesbian Writers Conference [sound recording] 1995   5 audiocassettes.

AC AC1893-AC1897
Box Folder

 Newsletters, non-LGBT 1981-1994 

2 17

 Poetry manuscripts, by Barnes 1998 

2 18-20
Box Item

 The Secrets of Successful Living [sound recordings] 1970 

10 6
Box Folder

 Southern Poverty Law Center, Klanwatch 1981-1989 

2 21

 Student papers, by Barnes 1965-1978 

2 22

 Wedding and memorial programs 1990, 1993 

2 23

 Writing guidelines and contests circa 1995 

2 24

 Miscellaneous circa 1986-1998 

2 25

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