The microfilmed John Barber papers contain correspondence; sketches and 46 sketchbooks; a Jules Pascin sketchbook (1922); photogrpahs of Barber, Pascin, and Helen and John Sloan; personal documents; exhibition catalogs; and clippings. Among the correspondents are George Biddle, Stuart Davis, Maurice Becker, Morris Blackburn, Frederic Taubes, Robert Laurent, Emlen Etting, Duncan Phillips, Edith and Ira Glackens, Max Eastman, Robert Minor, Roland McKinney, Albert Werner, Will Durant, Art Young, H. L. Mencken, William B. Tholen, William C. Bullitt, and Ben Hecht.
Biographical / Historical:
John Barber (1893-1965) was a painter, etcher, and illustrator. He was also the art editor of the socialist magazine, The Masses.
Barber's wife, Margaret, gave the papers to Signature Galleries.
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.