Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885

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Engraver (of both copper and wood), topographical draftsman, and historian. Born February 2, 1798 in East Windsor, Conn.; apprenticed to Abner Reed, engraver; operated his own engraving business in New Haven; studied history and traveled the eastern U.S., gathering information for the books which he wrote and then illustrated with his engravings; died in New Haven on June 22, 1885.

From the description of John Warner Barber scrapbook pages, 1832-1868. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122502717

Engraver and historian, of New Haven, Conn.

From the description of John Warner Barber papers, 1813-1883. (New Haven Colony Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 435676127

John Warner Barber (1798-1885) was an American printmaker, author, and publisher born in East Windsor, Connecticut. He is best known for books on state, national, and local history, in which his engravings caught the flavor and appearance of city, town, and countryside in his day.

From the description of John Warner Barber drawings of Massachusetts towns, ca. 1839. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612764542

From the guide to the John Warner Barber drawings of Massachusetts towns, ca. 1839., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

John Warner Barber, engraver and historian, was born in 1798 and raised in East Windsor, Conn.

Following an apprenticeship to a bank-note engraver, Barber opened his own engraving business in 1823 in New Haven, Conn. Later he began to personally collect information relative to the local histories of various eastern states. Barber produced numerous local and regional histories between 1827 and 1865 illustrated with his own copperplate engravings. He was also much taken with the teachings of the gospel and produced several religious works. He died in New Haven in 1885.

From the description of Notes : New Haven, Conn., 1835-1878. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 36124619

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Boardman, David Sherman, 1768-1864. Letter, 1836 August 1, New Milford, Conn., to John Warner Barber, New Haven, Conn. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885. Fragmentary portions of the original manuscript of Connecticut historical collections / by John Warner Barber. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885. Letter to Mrs. David Coffin, 1845 July 22. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885. John Warner Barber papers, 1813-1883. New Haven Colony Historical Society Library
referencedIn Sharon (Conn. : Town). Sharon town papers, 1749-1839, undated. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Trumbull, John, 1756-1843. John Trumbull collection, 1768-1842. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885,. Drawings collection 1773-1905. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Sharon town papers, 1749-1839. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885. Notes : New Haven, Conn., 1835-1878. Newberry Library
creatorOf Case, Lavinia Mercy 1810-1904. Diary, 1831-1849. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Duyckinck, Evert A. (Evert Augustus), 1816-1878. Evert Augustus Duyckinck papers, 1809-1878. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Babcock, Sidney, fl. 1842-1843. Contract among Sidney Babcock, John W. Barber, and Henry Howe [manuscript], 1843 June 3. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Healy, Eliza Warden. Friendship album, 1827-1831. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Reverend Enoch Pond Collection of Sermons and Miscellany. A letter to William E. Channing D. D. on the subject of religious liberty / Moses Stuart. Graduate Theological Union, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library
creatorOf Bradley, Justis H., b. 1812. Justus H. Bradley diaries, 1831-1865. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn First Church in Windsor (Windsor, Conn.). First Church in Windsor records, 1843-1969. Windsor Historical Society
creatorOf Sharon (Conn. : Town). Sharon town papers, 1749-1839, undated. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885. John Warner Barber scrapbook pages, 1832-1868. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885. John Warner Barber drawings of Massachusetts towns, ca. 1839. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885. Account books and sketchbook : New Haven, Conn., 1836-1884. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Barber, John Warner, 1798-1885. List of the inhabitants of South Windsor Street about the year 1800 / made out by John W. Barber of New Haven, Conn. ; assisted by Abner Reed formerly of S. Windsor ; copied by T.W. Little, Nov. 1, 1910. Connecticut State Library, CSL
referencedIn Books from the library of Amos Bronson Alcott, 1579-1893. Houghton Library.
creatorOf John Warner Barber drawings of Massachusetts towns, ca. 1839. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888 person
associatedWith Anderson, Alexander, 1775-1870. person
associatedWith Boardman, David Sherman, 1768-1864. person
associatedWith Bradley, Justis H., b. 1812. person
associatedWith Case, Lavinia Mercy 1810-1904. person
associatedWith Coffin, David, Mrs., fl. 1845, person
associatedWith Connecticut Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Dow, Lorenzo, 1777-1834. person
associatedWith Duyckinck, Evert A. (Evert Augustus), 1816-1878. person
associatedWith Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith First Church in Windsor (Windsor, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Healy, Eliza Warden. person
associatedWith Howe, Hezekiah, 1775-1838. person
associatedWith Jocelyn, Nathaniel, 1796-1881. person
associatedWith Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. person
associatedWith Little, Thomas Wolcott. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Reed, Abner, 1771-1866. person
associatedWith Sharon (Conn. : Town). corporateBody
associatedWith Trumbull, John, 1756-1843. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Chester (Mass.)
Scituate (Mass.)
Humphreysville (Conn.)
United States
Truro (Mass.)
Sandy Hook (Conn.)
Connecticut--New Haven
Connecticut--New Haven
Bernardston (Mass.)
Milford (Conn.)
Connecticut--Hartford
Upton (Mass.)
Belchertown (Mass.)
Massachusetts
Montague (Mass.)
Connecticut--New Haven
Connecticut--South Windsor
Hingham (Mass.)
Longmeadow (Mass.)
Connecticut
South Windsor (Conn.)
Subject
Engraving--Printing--History--19th century--Sources
engraving
Plate-printing--History--19th century--Sources
Wood-engravers
Manuscripts, American
Wood-engraving--19th century
Engravers--Diaries
Publishers and Publishing
Engravers
Engravers--History--19th century--Sources
Landowners--History--Maps
Occupation
Engravers
Artists
Engravers--Connecticut--New Haven
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Birth 1798-02-02

Death 1885

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