Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

J.W. Barnett Collection

Overview of the Collection

Title: J.W. Barnett Collection
Dates: 1926-1959
Accession No.: 01004
Quantity: 1 box
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

John Walter Barnett was born in Dallas, TX on June 15, 1886. He attended public school in Waco, TX from 1893-1901. Mr. Barnett then attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1904-1908 and joined the Navy as an enginer in 1908. He resigned from the Navy in 1912 after commanding submarines for two years and went on to hold various shipping jobs as an engineer. From 1930-1935 he held high level positions with the U.S. Shipping Board overseeing the design and construction of steam and diesel vessels. From 1935-1939 Mr. Barnett served in the Naval Reserve. He was discharged in 1939 because the Navy considered his employer at the time, Babcock and Wilcox Company, essential to wartime industry.

During the 1950's Mr. Barnett operated a cattle farm in Virgina. He left Virgina to return to Waco, TX on March 31, 1959. Mr. Barnett passed away in Waco on January 12, 1971 at the age of 84.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, financial documents, documents and certificates from the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve, published shipping reports, other personal items, and a scrapbook of photographs.



The collection contains 1 legal size box, and 1 large oversized flat folder.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
J.W. Barnett
John Walter Barnett
Waco (Tex.)
United States. Navy

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA10-4 J.W. Barnett Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Jeff Parker

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1926-1959

Box Folder
1 2 Naval Reserve Items 1934-1939

Box Folder
1 3 Financial Items 1926-1958

Box Folder
1 4 Personal Items

Box Folder
1 5 Shipping Reports

Box Folder
1 Scrapbook

Box Folder
-- 7 Naval Certificates (located in flat oversized folder)