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A Finding Aid to the Will Barnet papers, circa 1897, 1929-2016

Will Barnet papers, circa 1897, 1929-2016

Barnet, Will, 1911-2012

Painter, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 30.8 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter, printmaker, and educator Will Barnet measure 11.1 linear feet and date from 1938 to 2001. Found within the papers are biographical material, including numerous recorded interviews of Barnet; personal and professional correspondence; writings and lectures, many of which exist only as audio and video recordings; financial records; printed material, including audio and video documentaries; artwork; and photographs of Barnet, his family and friends, and his work. An addition of 22.3 linear feet donated 2016 includes biographical material, correspondence, Barnet's subject files, interviews with Barnet, exhibition files, photographs of Barnet, printed material, and DVD made as a tribute to Barnet.

Biographical/Historical Note

Will Barnet (1911-2012) was a painter, printmaker, and educator who lived and worked in New York City.


Will Barnet donated his papers in several increments between 1968-2001. Additional material donated 2016 by Elena Barnet, Will Barnet's widow.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art holds three oral history interviews with Will Barnet, one conducted by Richard Baker, January 20, 1964, one by Paul Cummings, January 15, 1968, and another by Stephen Polcari on April 9, 1993. Also found are two additional related collections, a transcript of an interview by Louis Newman with Molly Barnes and Will Barnet, and Peter Barnet's research material on Will Barnet. Syracuse University holds additional papers of Will Barnet.


Funding for the preservation and transfer of motion picture film provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee. Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Material on reels N68-22, N69-126, and N70-48 was lent for microfilming. Originals returned to Barnet after microfilming.