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Will Barker Papers

Identifier: CLRC-392

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material related to two nonfiction juvenile titles: Wildlife in America's History and Winter-Sleeping Wildlife. The collection also contains typescripts for articles published in various magazines, as well as greeting cards sent by Barker, and a short poem composed by Barker for Irvin Kerlan.


  • Creation: 1957-circa 1962


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Author Will Barker was born March 25, 1908, in Troy, N.Y. He attended New York University and during World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. From 1949 to 1954, Barker worked as a writer and editor for the U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. He received awards from the National Wildlife Federation for work in conservation education, twice, and from Stewart L. Udal, Secretary of Interior, for contribution to Birds in Our Lives. He primarily wrote nonfiction works about animals and natural history. In addition, he was a contributor to numerous newspapers and periodicals.

Biography Source: "Will Barker (1908-)." Something About The Author. Volume 8. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1976


.4 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material related to two non-fiction books written by Will Barker, as well as typescripts for various articles, and greeting cards.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Will Barker via Dr. Irvin Kerlan.

Related Materials

A collection of Will Barker's papers is held by Syracuse University Libraries.

Will Barker Papers, 1957-circa 1962
Nancy Larsen and Diep Truong
2003, 2009
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • July 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library