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Burt Brown Barker papers

Identifier: WUA004

Scope and Contents

The Burt Brown Barker papers consist of two essays written by Barker while a student at Willamette as well as receipts and records relating to his tuition and role as business manager of The Collegian newspaper and membership in the Philodorian Society and Y.M.C.A. These materials date from 1891 to 1893. The essays, annotated by Barker at a later date, provide both the context and date of the essays. In one of the annotations Barker recalls Willamette University president Reverend George Whitaker’s reaction to Barker’s reading of the essay at chapel exercises. The collection also includes correspondence between Barker and Professor Frederick S. Dunn of the University of Oregon regarding the timeline of the University of Oregon’s and Willamette University’s adoption of school colors and mortar board caps dated 1935.


  • 1890-1935


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

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Biographical / Historical

Dr. Burt Brown Barker was born in 1873 in Wakeburg, Washington. He graduated from Salem High School in 1889 and was a close friend of United States President Herbert Hoover during their teen years. He followed a classical course of study at Willamette University from 1889 to 1893 in both the University Academy and College of Liberal Arts. While at Willamette, he served as business manager for The Collegian newspaper and was a member of the Philadorian Society and Y.M.C.A. In later life, Barker was a practicing lawyer as well as vice-president of the University of Oregon. An advocate for the arts and historic preservation he also served as president of the Oregon Historical Society, president of the Oregon Society Sons of the American Revolution, and director of the Federal Art Project in Portland. Barker is the author of two monographs: The McLoughlin empire and its rulers: Doctor John McLoughlin, Doctor David McLoughlin, Marie Louise (Sister St. Henry); an account of their personal lives and of their parents, relatives, and children; in Canada's Quebec Province, in Paris, France, and in the West of the Hudson's Bay Company and the Autobiography of Burt Brown Barker. Barker died in 1969.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)


The Burt Brown Barker papers consist of essays, receipts, and records pertaining to Barker’s time at Willamette University. The collection also includes correspondence from later years dealing with Willamette University’s school colors and other university issues.


The materials are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Related Materials

Burt Brown Barker papers, 1935-1938, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 20560

Herbert Hoover Oral History Program Collection, General Services Administration. National Archives and Records Service. Office of Presidential Libraries. Herbert Hoover Library
Guide to the Burt Brown Barker papers, 1890-1935
Finding aid processed by Julie Sparks.
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

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