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DeEtte Barnes Papers

Identifier: SC-123

Scope and Contents

The DeEtte Barnes Special Collection consists of correspondence and biographical content. The bulk of the correspondence in the collection is letters written from DeEtte in her Wheaton College student days to her mother and family at home. Also included are letters from her mother, Mrs. Stewart [Rena] Barnes, to her and letters from other family members. The biographical content includes DeEttes's grade reports, her daily schedule, and other Wheaton College memorabilia from the 1930s including an invitation to an "Informal" of the Philalathean Literary Society.


  • Created: 1933-1937
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1933-1936
  • Other: Date acquired: 2002


Conditions Governing Access

There are no specific restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.


2 boxes

.84 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Source of Acquisition

The provenance of the DeEtte Barnes Papers is currently unknown.

Method of Acquisition


Other Descriptive Information

This collection is composed mostly of the letters of a Wheaton College student, DeEtte Barnes, to her mother. The letters were written from 1933-37, the years Barnes attended Wheaton College and are of particular interest due to their genuine and frank portrayal of 1930s student life. Today's students and former students alike will be fascinated by the similarities and differences between Barnes' experience and their own.

DeEtte Barnes Papers
Buswell Library Special Collections Staff
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Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

501 College Ave.
Wheaton IL 60187-5593 USA