Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Marguerite Johnston Barnes Personal Papers, 1926-1998MS 491

creator Barnes, Marguerite Johnston
Title: Marguerite Johnston Barnes Personal Papers
Dates: 1926-1998
Abstract: The bulk of these papers represent Barnes’ writing and journalism career, from her early college years to her lengthy career at the Houston Post newspaper. Included are photocopies of her articles, columns, reviews and editorials, typescripts of her works, photographs, and a small amount of family and biographical materials.
Identification: MS 491
Quantity: 6 Linear Feet(12 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Born in Birmingham, AL, Barnes’ early journalistic experience was as assistant editor of her college newspaper at Birmingham-Southern College. She worked on the Birmingham News newspaper as a reporter and as Washington correspondent, and continued as correspondent for the Birmingham Age-Herald and the London Daily Mirror. She was accredited to the Senate and House Press Galleries and White House, and also as United Nations correspondent.

Barnes joined the Houston Post in 1947 as reporter and columnist, and added foreign news editor and assistant editor to her credentials. She served as writing lecturer and instructor for University of Houston and Rice University. She is the recipient of numerous awards from a variety of respected Texas groups, and is well known for her books Public Manners, A Happy Worldly Abode, and Houston, the Unknown City 1836-1936.

Ms. Barnes passed away on December 13, 2005, in Houston, Texas.

Scope and Contents

The Marguerite Johnston Barnes Personal Papers represent Barnes’ writing career, from her college years to her career at the Houston Post newspaper and a small amount of biographical family materials, calendars, financial records, and photographs. The bulk of the materials represent her writing career, from her book A Happy Wordly Abode, to her newspaper work for Birmingham, AL newspapers to the Houston Post (later purchased by the Houston Chronicle). Newspaper materials include notes relating ideas for news stories, photocopies of her articles, columns, reviews and editorials, typescripts of her works.

For papers related to Barnes' Houston, The Unknown City, 1830-1991, see Marguerite Johnston Barnes Research Materials for Houston, The Unknown City, 1830-1991, MS 455, Woodson Research Center.


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish must be obtained from the holder of copyright on the articles, columns, the Houston Chronicle (parent company that purchased the Houston Post), or Marguerite Barnes.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Barnes, Marguerite Johnston
Barnes, Marguerite Johnston
Women journalists
clippings (information artifacts)
financial records

Related Materials

See also Marguerite Johnston Barnes Research Materials for Houston, The Unknown City, 1830-1991, MS 455, Woodson Research Center.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Marguerite Johnston Barnes Personal Papers, 1926-1998, MS 491, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

This material was donated by Marguerite Johnton Barnes in 2001-2003.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Family Materials, 1946-1998

Scope and Contents note
Materials include biographical information on and photographs of Barnes, family ledgers, trip information.
box folder
1 1 Biographical
2 Photos and visual materials, including digitized version of ca. 1950s 16 mm family film footage, 1950s-1980s
3 Family personal, 1920s-1970s
4 Ledger #1, 1956-1961 (R.C. Johnston’s finances)
5 Ledger #2, 1961-1966 (R.C. Johnston’s finances)
6 Ledger #3, 1967-1973 (R.C. Johnston’s finances)
7 Correspondence, 1946-47, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1969-70, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1989-92, 1995, n.d.
8 Bonn, Germany visit, 1976
9 Text for speech on Houston, The Unknown City, Sept. 1997
10 Day books, calendars, 1957, 1960, 1962-63, 1998

Series II: Writing, 1931-1998

Scope and Contents note
Included are materials from the book, A Happy Wordly Abode, Birmingham, AL newspaper articles and columns, The Houston Post articles, reviews, editorials and columns, book collaboration, story/column ideas, proposals, and typescripts.
Subseries A: Early school writing
2 Early school writing, 1931, 1936, 1940
Subseries B: A Happy Worldly Abode
2 Research materials
Christ Church May Fete, 1982
Partial typescript
Partial galley proof
Book reviews, 1966
Library of Congress catalog cards, 1965
Subseries C: Birmingham newspapers
3 Articles, 1937-1938
Articles, 1939
Articles, 1940
Articles, 1941
Articles, 1942
Articles, 1943
Articles, 1944
Articles, 1945
Articles, 1946
Articles, undated (1/2)
Articles, undated (2/2)
About Birmingham,” 1940s (1/2)
About Birmingham,” 1940s (2/2)
4 Weather-related articles, 1940s, n.d.
“Ration Diary,” 1943-45
Reviews, 1941-44
Subseries D: Houston Post
4 Articles, 1947
Articles, 1948
Articles, 1949
Articles, 1950
Articles, 1951
Articles, 1952
Articles, 1953
Articles, 1954
Articles, 1955
Articles, 1956
Articles, 1957
Articles, 1958
Articles, 1959
Articles, 1960
Articles, 1961
Articles, 1962
Articles, 1963
Articles, 1964
Articles, 1965
Articles, 1966
Articles, 1967
Articles, 1968
Articles, 1969
Articles, 1970
Articles, 1971
Articles, 1972
5 Articles, 1976
Articles, 1978
Articles, 1980s
Articles, 1990s
Articles, undated
Editorials, 1949-1983, n.d. (1/2)
Editorials, 1949-1983, n.d. (2/2)
Reviews, 1947-50, 1959-65, 1967-70, 1982, n.d.
“Prelude,” 1956
“Of Earth and High Winds,” 1947-1955
6 “Not to Change the Subject,” 1947
“Not to Change the Subject,” 1949
“Not to Change the Subject,” 1950
“Not to Change the Subject,” 1951
“Not to Change the Subject,” 1950s undated
“Not to Change the Subject,” undated
7 “Marguerite Johnston,” 1951
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1952
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1953
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1954
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1955
8 “Marguerite Johnston,” 1956
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1957
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1958
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1959
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1960
9 “Marguerite Johnston,” 1961
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1962
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1963
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1964 Jan.-June
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1964 Sept.-Dec.
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1965
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1966
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1967
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1968
10 “Marguerite Johnston,” 1952-1953 undated
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1953-1954 undated
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1954-1955 undated
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1955-1956 undated
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1956-1957 undated
“Marguerite Johnston,” 1957-1964 undated
Other newspaper articles, 1940s-1960s, 1998
Instruction for Your Baby (collaboration with Dr. Laura Bickel), n.d.
Public Manners, n.d.
Ideas for columns
Dior article notes Typescript proposal for sesquicentennial history of Houston, 1984
Typescript for future Houston airport, 1968
11 Typescripts for articles and columns
United Nations materials, 1946, 1948

Series III : Photographs, 1963-1970, n.d.

Scope and Contents note
Included are photos for related stories (mostly travel-related).
box folder
11 3 Denmark, 1970
4 Dusseldorf
5 Finland, Sweden
6 Italy, 1970
7 Japan and Bangkok, 1970
8 Mexico
9 Norway, 1970
10 Round Top, TX, 1963, 1968
11 Miscellaneous photos

Series IV : Awards, 1956-1997

box folder
12 1 Houston Committee on Alcoholism, 1956
2 Houston Teachers Association, 1970, 1974, 1975
3 American Society of Safety Engineers, 1960
4 Houston Sportsmen’s Club, 1983
5 Alief/Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce, 1982
6 National Council on Alcoholism, n.d.
7 Yates Senior High School, 1964
8 Houston Professional Firefighters Association, 1980
9 Birmingham-Southern College, 1988
10 Texas Society of Architects, 1981
11 Garden Club of Houston, 1992
12 Population Action Council, 1981
13 East Texas Historical Association, 1992
14 Texas School Bell, 1973, 1974
15 Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, 1997
16 Texas Corrections Association, 1984
17 YWCA, 1977
18 Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1997
19 San Jacinto Senior High School, 1997
20 Newsclips