Katherine Barnes Collection

Identifier: MSS.0032

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one Hollinger box and is comprised of programs for theatre, ballet and musical performances she attended throughout her life. The collection is divided into three series: Playbills, Chicago Stage bills and Theatre and Ballet- Books


  • 1907 - 1970

Biographical Note - Katherine Barnes

Katherine Bowman Rolston Barnes was born in Lookout, Mountain Tennessee on August 17, 1914. She attended Vanderbilt University from 1931-1935 in the college of Arts of Sciences and was a very involved member of the academic community. While in school she was chairman of the Women’s Honor Committee and active in the Y.W.C.A., Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, as well the Scribblers, a women’s writing organization.

After she graduation she married fellow Nashvillian, Melville M. Barnes and continued her love of writings and poetry. Katherine was an active alumna of the Vanderbilt Community often participating in campus events. She wrote many articles for the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, the Nashville Banner, and the Christian Home among others. The first book she wrote, John Rosser: Gentleman of the Old South, was published in 1984.

She was died in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday March 7, 2003.


.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

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Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


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