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Inventory

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Guide to the Arthur G. Barnett Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 1598
Creator: Barnett, Arthur G., 1907-
Title: Arthur G. Barnett papers
Date Span: 1920-1997
Quantity: 11.76 cubic feet including 5 cassette tapes, 1 oversize vertical file, 2 film reels, 1 videocassette and 1 microfilm reel
Languages: Collection materials are inEnglish.




Biographical Note

Arthur G. Barnett (1907-2003) was a lawyer and civic leader in Seattle, Washington. Barnett was a supporter of the Japanese Americans during WWII evacuation, chairman of Seattle Council of Churches and Christian Education's Japanese American Emergency Committee, board member and chairman of Seattle's Civic Unity Committee, and field worker for the Warren Avenue Project in 1936. Barnett chaired the Gordon Hirabayashi Defense Committee, representing Hirabayashi in his trial for violating curfew during World War II. He also represented Hirabayashi during his court appeals in the 1980's. Barnett also served as an attorney for Mark Tobey, beginning in the 1940's and continuing until Tobey's death in 1976; he then served as executor for Tobey's estate.

Scope and Content

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Terms of Access

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Terms of Use

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Inventory

  
Accession No. 1598-004
Arthur G. Barnett papers, 1935-1974
.75 cubic feet (2 boxes)
2 cassette tapes
Scope and Content
Correspondence, minutes, reports, statements, clippings, tape-recorded interviews, photographs.
Terms of Access
Open to all users. Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.
Terms of Use
Gordon Hirabayashi's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Researchers must sign our form promising not to identify resently living individuals by name without their permission.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Arthur Barnett, 3/25/71; Gordon Hirabayashi interview donated 6/16/1974.
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Accession No. 1598-008
Arthur G. Barnett papers, 1942-1997
9.14 cubic feet (11 boxes)
1 oversize vertical file
3 sound cassettes
2 film reels
1 videocassette
Scope and Content
Financial records, case files, correspondence, clippings, exhibit catalogs, photographs, inventories, wills, tax records, writings, notes and videotaped interview related to painter Mark Tobey. Also includes information on other artists, including Helmi Juvonen, Pehr Hallsten and client files regarding painter, Morris Graves, 1944-97. Correspondence, speeches and writings, court papers, interviews, hearing transcript, posters, photographs and clippings documenting Barnett's support of Japanese Americans, especially Gordon Hirabayashi, during World War II (1942-43) and during the court appeals following the war, 1981-1988.
Terms of Access
Open to all users. Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.
Terms of Use
Barnett's rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries; Tobey's rights retained by Seattle Art Museum.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Arthur G. Barnett, 2/25/1997.
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Accession No. 1598-011
Arthur G. Barnett Papers papers, 1928-1985
.63 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Scope and Content
Correspondence, financial records, writings and photographs of art works. Papers of Barnett's client and friend, Mark Tobey.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Barnett's rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries; Tobey's rights retained by Seattle Art Museum.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Arthur and Virginia Barnett, 7/23/1999.
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Accession No. 1598-012
Arthur G. Barnett papers, 1938-1976
.03 cubic feet (1 vertical file)
Scope and Content
Letter, 1/4/71 (?) from Mark Tobey, with envelope and clarifying note; four photos of Tobey as a young man in Japan and elsewhere; color photo of him with Barnett, ca 1972, and from his memorial service; slide of painting "Blue Night."
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Photographs may be reproduced, but rights to Tobey letter not transferred (Seattle Art Musuem retains Mark Tobey copyright.)
Acquisition Info
Donated by Virginia Barnett, 7/6/2000.

  
Accession No. 1598-013
Arthur G. Barnett papers, 1920-1986 (Bulk: 1981-1986)
.21 cubic feet (1 box)
Scope and Content
Memos, notes, and articles from Barnett's involvement in the case to overturn the 1943 U.S. Supreme Court decision against Gordon Hirabayahsi. Includes a copy of the 1943 decision.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Presume may be copied and quoted.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Virginia Barnett, 2/23/2000.
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Accession No. 1598-014
Arthur G. Barnett papers, circa 1956-1976
1.00 cubic feet (1 box)
1 microfilm reel
Scope and Content
Art exhibit catalogs, some letters and financial records of and with Mark Tobey, ca. 1965-1973; microfilm (16mm) of Mark Tobey journals, published music scores used by Mark Tobey, Mark Tobey financial records, ca. 1956, clippings.
Terms of Access
Closed until processed; thereafter open to all users.
Terms of Use
Barnett's rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries; Tobey's rights retained by Seattle Art Museum.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Virginia Barnett, 12/3/2003.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Barnett, Arthur G., 1907- --Archives.
Graves, Morris, 1910-2001, creator.
Hirabayashi, Gordon K.--Trials, litigation, etc.
Tobey, Mark.
Organizations:
American Friends Service Committee (Seattle, Wash.), creator.
Civic Unity Committee (Seattle, Wash.), creator.
Musée Cernuschi, creator.
Seattle Council of Churches and Christian Education, creator.
United States. Works Progress Administration.
University of Washington President (1952-1958 : Schmitz), creator.
Warren Avenue Committee (Seattle, Wash.), creator.
Willard Gallery, creator.
Young Men's Christian Association (Seattle, Wash.)
Young Women's Christian Association (Seattle, Wash.)
Titles:
Art In America.
Subjects:
Civic leaders--Washington (State)--Seattle
Lawyers--Washington (State)--Seattle
Personal Papers/Corporate Records
Last modified: May 5, 2016
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