Thomas Frederick Barnhart was born on 26 October 1902 in Shohomish, Washington. He earned his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1930 and his M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1937. He was employed as a staff member and editor of newspapers in Washington, including the Seattle Times and the Everett Daily Herald . Barnhart was an assistant instructor of journalism at the University of Washington from 1929-1930. He joined the staff of the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor in 1931. He was promoted to associate professor in 1935 and professor in 1937. Professor Barnhart was an authority in weekly newspapers and typography. He died in January 1955.
From the guide to the Thomas F. Barnhart papers, 1935-1955, (University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives [uarc])