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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 942

Papers of the Barker family, 1712-1957 (inclusive), 1797-1894 (bulk)


Correspondence, financial records, genealogical material, etc., relating to the Barker-Battelle-Sharpe family.


  • 1712-1957
  • Majority of material found within 1797-1894

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Barker family as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet ((1 file box) plus 1 folio folder, 1 photograph folder)
The papers of the Barker family includes genealogical information, an account books detailing the work of a barrel maker, an estate inventory, an autobiography, and records of donations and attendance at Methodist meetings kept by members of the Sharpe family, 1797-1876. Also correspondence, etc., during the courtship and first years of marriage of Joseph and Melissa (Stone) Barker, including a letter written by Melissa shortly before her death from childbirth, 1814-1829; and correspondence of Elizabeth M. and Andrew Brimmer Battelle and their children and grandchildren, 1847-1894. Also a copy of typed transcripts of Melissa (Stone) Barker's correspondence (with biographical and genealogical information), and of Andrew Brimmer Battelle and Elizabeth Mary Barker Battelle, by a descendent, Joyce Durant Sharpe Heckman, 1977.

Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.


Central figures of the Barker-Battelle-Sharpe family include Thomas, Lugrand and William C. Sharpe, who were Methodists in Connecticut; Melissa (Stone) Barker and Joseph Barker, residents of Washington County, Ohio; and the Barkers' daughter, Elizabeth M. and her husband, Andrew Brimmer Battelle, also active Methodists and Ohio residents. In 1874 Andrew Battelle was tried by his Methodist peers for financial irregularities.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2008-M8

The papers of the Barker family were acquired from Carmen D. Valentino in 2008.

Processing Information

Processed: April 2018

By: Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

General processing procedures in place at the Library include the following:  books (when not heavily annotated) by and about the collection's creator and on subjects which fall within the Library's collecting area are removed and cataloged separately with information about their provenance; other books and serials are not retained.  Other material not normally retained include:  clippings that are not by or about the collection's creator; research files; financial documents such as checkbooks, cancelled checks, bank statements, etc. (when there is financial documentation at a higher level); invoices, receipts, orders, airline tickets, etc.; and envelopes (when they do not contain additional information).

When samples of weeded documents are retained, it is indicated in the finding aid.
Link to catalog
Barker family. Papers of the Barker family, 1712-1957 (inclusive), 1797-1894 (bulk)
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

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