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Personal papers of James Barnes

Call Number: PP 325


Barnes taught in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas for several decades, as well as composing original pieces for concert band and orchestra. This collection includes correspondence, sheet music, music scores, and manuscripts from throughout his professional musical career.


  • Creation: 1975-2000s


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of James Barnes

Barnes received his B.M. in 1974 and his M.M. in 1975, both in Music and both from the University of Kansas. He joined the faculty of KU's School of Fine Arts as the assistant to the Director of Bands in 1975, reaching full professor status in 1991. While at KU, Barnes taught music composition, orchestration, arranaging, and wind band history/repertoire courses.

Barnes has composed seven symphonies, three concertos, and numerous other pieces for concert band and orchestra. He has guest conducted and lectured in Japan, Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, and throughout the United States. Barnes has been a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the American Bandmasters Association.


10 Linear Feet (10 boxes + 14 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 325

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the James C. Barnes Collection
Personal papers of James Barnes
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by skt, 2010.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of James C. Barnes, University Archives, PP 325, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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