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Djuna Barnes collection

Identifier: MS-0977

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Scope and Contents

A collection of postcards writer Djuna Barnes sent to family and friends, as well as photographs of her taken by Berenice Abbott.


  • Creation: 1918 - 1957


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Djuna Barnes, born June 12, 1892 near Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY and educated at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, was an avant-garde American writer active in the Parisian literary scene during the 1920s and 1930s. Beginning in 1913, she worked as an artist and journalist for various New York newspapers and magazines, and soon began publishing plays, short stories, poems, and novels, many of which explore queer sexuality.

Source: “Djuna Barnes.” Encyclopædia Britannica, June 8, 2023.


0.19 Cubic Feet (1 letter half box)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from various dealers. See files for details.



Processing Information

This collection was processed in November 2023 by Jenelle Clark.

Guide to the Djuna Barnes collection
Jenelle Clark
November 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA