Barnes Family Papers, 1913-1936

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator:  Barnes family

Title:  Papers, 1913-1936

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection:  .33 cu. ft.

Location Number:  Mss. A B261

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists of professional papers of John H. Barnes and his son, Marshall Barnes. John Barnes’ material concerns the construction and management of the Ideal movie theater in Beaver Dam, Ky. which he owned and managed; movie ads and booking materials are included. In addition to assisting his father in management of the theater in the 1920s, Marshall Barnes was the campaign manager during the Kentucky Democratic primary campaign for U.S. Senate of John Y. Brown, Sr., in 1936.  The correspondence is primarily between Marshall and various campaign workers and political supporters; collection also includes campaign materials and ads.

Biographical Note

John Hiram Barnes was born Dec. 14, 1856 in Ohio Co., Ky.  In1890 he established the Beaver Dam (Ky.) Deposit Bank and served as president until his death in 1934. In 1913 he established and managed the Ideal movie theater in Beaver Dam.  The theater burned in 1927.  He and his wife, Margaret E. Barnes, had two sons, Frank and Marshall.  John died in Jefferson Co., Ky., May 16, 1934 and is buried in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam.

Marshall Barnes was born March 2, 1897 in Ohio Co., Ky.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and then entered the banking and insurance business with his father and brother, later serving as bank president from 1940 to 1981. He received his LL B degree from the University of Kentucky in 1924 and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar. He served a four year term as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1932 to 1936. In 1936 Marshall served as campaign manager for John Y. Brown, Sr., a candidate in the Kentucky Democratic primary election for U.S. Senate.  Marshall and his wife, Anne Barnes, had a son and a daughter.  He died in Owensboro, Ky., Dec. 16, 1985 and is buried in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam.


Folder List

Folder 1: Ideal Theatre Correspondence, 1913-1925 [54 items]

Folder 2: J. Y. Brown Campaign Correspondence, April – June 1936 [57 items]

Folder 3: J. Y. Brown Campaign Correspondence, 1-14 July 1936 [54 items]

Folder 4: J. Y. Brown Campaign Correspondence, 17-30 July 1936 [74 items]

Folder 5: J. Y. Brown Campaign Correspondence, August – November 1936 [47 items]

Folder 6: J. Y. Brown Campaign materials, literature [19 items]

Folder 7: J. Y. Brown Campaign undated correspondence, receipts, newspaper clippings, misc. documents [50 items]


Subject Headings

Advertising – Motion pictures.

Associated First National Pictures, Inc.

Barnes, John Hiram, 1856-1934.

Barnes, Marshall, 1897-1985.

Beaver Dam (Ky.) – Buildings, structures etc.

Beckham, John Crepps Wickliffe, 1869-1940.

Brown, John Young, 1900-1985.

Campaign literature, 1936 – Democratic – Kentucky.

Campaign management – Kentucky.

Campaign promises – Kentucky.

Construction industry – Kentucky.

Construction industry – United States.

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation.

Film Booking Office of America.

Film posters, American.

Fox Film Corporation.

Heralds (Advertisements) – United States.

Kentucky – Politics and government.

Kentucky – Politics and government – Caricatures and cartoons.

Letterheads – United States.

Logan, M. M. (Marvel Mills), 1874-1939.

Motion picture actors and actresses – United States.

Motion picture programs – Kentucky.

Motion picture theaters – Kentucky – Beaver Dam.

Paramount Pictures Corporation (1914-1927).

Patronage, Political – Kentucky.

Playbills – Kentucky.

Political campaigns –Kentucky.

Political candidates – Kentucky.

Political posters, American – Kentucky.

Primaries – Kentucky.

Theatrical posters – Kentucky.

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