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Clarence A. Barbour papers

Scope & content

The Clarence A. Barbour papers primarily contain letters to and from Barbour, with some letters from his wife, Florence Newell Barbour. A large group of letters to and from Barbour in 1928 and 1929 relay thanks and congratulations upon his nomination to and acceptance of the presidency of Brown University. In 1931 and 1932, Barbour and his wife traveled to Asia, and continuously wrote letters to his secretary, Miss Leonard, and form letters to be sent to friends and family. These letters provide descriptions of his mission with the Laymen's Foreign Mission Inquiry as part of the Appraisal Commission, as well as the sites seen and experiences had in Asia. Letters by Florence Newell Barbour contain the same type of information. Newell Barbour also wrote a number of poems, included in this collection, mainly about her experience in China. Other letters in the collection pertain to Barbour’s functions as President of Brown, including four letters fomr Calvin Coolidge. Series 2 contains one, undated manuscript by Barbour entitled, "The Overflow of Personality." Finally, Series 3 contains letters and information surrounding the death and funeral of Clarence A. Barbour.