B.W. Grant Barnes papers
Scope and Contents
The collection comprises reports and administrative files from the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), subject and research files, and personal papers (bulk, 1970-2000) from Attorney B.W. Grant Barnes. The LACBA and Gay and Lesbian Legal Issues Series includes records documenting his work in the Individual Rights Section of the LACBA, as well as material documenting gay and lesbian legislation and legal cases, particularly in California and Hawaii. The Subject Files Series comprises extensive files of clippings and articles pertaining to Barnes' research in international human rights laws. The Personal Papers Series includes Barnes' personal writings, correspondence and other material documenting his involvement in numerous gay and lesbian organizations. In particular, this series includes material from LGBT lawyers organizations, the rowing team from the 1994 Gay Games, sound recordings from the OutWrite conference for gay and lesbian writers, and Barnes' writings, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
- 1913 - 2008
- Majority of material found within 1970 - 2000
- Barnes, B.W. Grant (Creator, Person)
Language of Materials
Languages represented in the collection: English and German.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
B.W. Grant Barnes was born in Stephenville, Texas. He graduated high school in 1966, then attended the University of Texas for his bachelor's degree. He graduated in 1972, with High Honors in Sociology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and Architecture. After living in Berlin in the mid-1970s while teaching English, he moved back to the United States and graduated Harvard Law School in 1982.
His legal experience includes international counseling and litigation practice (including providing counsel to Swedish and German law firms and assisting local firms in California in state and federal litigation and business due diligence), international law, international civil aviation, securities regulation and mortgage acquisition litigation, insurance coverage, labor litigation and counseling (including performance/recording contracts), construction claims, government contract law, and general business negotiable law.
Barnes was involved in gay rights activism, including research in international human rights violations and LGBT legal issues in the United States. He also advocated for LGBT immigration rights, same-gender marriage and AIDS awareness and support. He was a member of LGBT groups including AIDS Project Los Angeles, Asian/Pacific Lesbians & Gays, Gay Bruins, Lawyers for Human Rights and Lambda Lawyers. He also participated on the rowing team in the Gay Games of 1994 in Amsterdam.
As of 2013, Barnes continues to live in Los Angeles, California.
B.W. Grant Barnes Papers, Coll2013-036, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
9.6 Linear Feet (9 archive boxes + 1 archive carton.)
Reports and administrative files from the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), subject and research files, and personal papers (bulk, 1970-2000) from Attorney B.W. Grant Barnes. The collection includes extensive subject files pertaining to Barnes' research in international human rights laws; records documenting his work in the Individual Rights Section of the LACBA; and his personal writings, correspondence and other material documenting his involvement in numerous gay and lesbian organizations.
This collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Los Angeles County Bar Association and gay and lesbian legal issues
Series 2. Subject files
Series 3. Personal papers
Gift of B.W. Grant Barnes, September 4, 2008.
Formerly boxes 102-011, 103-050, 103-079, 103-080, 103-236, 103-255, 104-127, 104-156. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama and Hilary Robman, June 2013.
- Amnesty International-USA Newsletter, Legal Support Network, Volume 10 (Winter 1993/94). Unlawful Discrimination: Your Rights and Remedies; Civil Rights Handbook, California Department of Justice. Rights of Disabled Persons Handbook, California Department of Justice, June 1986. United States General Accounting Office: --Testimony: Implementation of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1988 by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (GAO/T-HRD-91-29); --Report to the Secretary of Defense, Women in the Military (GAO/NSIAD-93-93); --Report to Congressional Requesters, Foreign Assistance (GAO/NSIAD-93-202); --Report to Congressional Committees, Child Abuse Prevention (GAO/HRD-91-95); --Briefing Report to Congressional Requesters, Pay Equity (GAO/GGD-92-87BR); --Report to the Ranking Minority Member, Committee on National Security, House of Representatives, Military Equal Opportunity (GAO/NSIAD-96-17). Cultural Survival Quarterly, Peterborough, NH: Cultural Survival Inc., Vol. 13, No. 2 (1989) and Vol. 16, No. 4 (Winter 1992). Human Rights Tribune, Des Droits Humains, Ontario, Canada: Human Rights Internet, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Fall 1992), Vol. 1, No. 4 (Winter 1993), and Vol. 2, No. 1 (June 1993). Federal Bar News & Journal, Washington, DC: Federal Bar Association, Vol. 33, No. 7 (September 1986).
- AIDS (Disease)
- Gay Games
- Gay and lesbian rights
- Gay men's writings
- Gays -- Law and legislation
- Homosexuality -- Germany -- History
- Homosexuality -- Law and legislation
- Homosexuality -- Research
- Human rights advocacy
- International law and human rights
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Finding aid to the B.W. Grant Barnes papers, 1913-2008
- Hilary Robman and Loni Shibuyama
- (c) 2013
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- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.