Charles W. Barr Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Barr, Charles W.
Charles W. Barr papers
Date [inclusive]
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Biographical Note

Charles Barr was born on October 19, 1906 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Robert and Myrtle Barr. He received a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts in 1929, a M. S. in Conservation from Michigan State College (now Michigan State Univerity) in 1939 and a Master’s of Community Planning from the Massacusettes Institute of Technology in 1949. Barr worked as a draftsman for the Long Island Park Commission in 1929 and then came to Michigan State as instructor of Landscape Architecture in January 1930. He was promoted to assistant professor and then full professor in June 1951.

He was married in 1933 to Mildred Davis. Barr traveled extensively during his life and served as a consultant to many towns. Barr retired from MSU in June of 1977. He died on June 25, 2000.

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Scope and Content

The Charles W. Barr papers contain materials relating to the study and teaching of urban planning and landscape architecture. Included in the collection are lecture notes and course materials for courses that Barr taught at Michigan State University. Also included are papers and speeches that Barr and others presented at conferences as well as bibliographies. State and federal government reports, and materials from professional organizations, can also be found in the Barr papers. There are folders of manuscripts, some including correspondence, about Andrew Jackson Downing, other noted American landscape architects, and the history of the Detroit Zoological Park.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Detroit Zoo.
  • Michigan State University. Libraries. Urban Planning Library.


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Manuscripts
  • Outlines and syllabi
  • Photographs
  • Speeches

Personal Name(s)

  • Barr, Charles W.
  • Farness, Sanford S.


  • Landscape architects
  • Landscape architecture -- Study and teaching
  • Landscape architecture -- United States

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Advisory Committee on City Planning and Zoning – Herbert Hoover 1922, 1925, 1926 

2342 1

American Society of Landscape Architects 

Box Folder

Code of Professional Ethics 

2342 2

Method of Charges and Recommended Minimum Charges for Professional Service in Landscape Architecture 

2342 3

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Andrew Jackson Downing Research (correspondence and references to articles) 1936, Undated 

2342 4

Barr, Charles Biographical Information 


Broadacre City by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright by D. Kim 

2342 6

Correspondence 1950, 1991, 1999 

2342 7

Development of the Detroit Zoological Park 1924-1941 

2342 8

Farness, Sanford 

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Expanding Concept of Environment 1966 

2342 9

Resource Planning versus Regional Planning 1965 

2342 10

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Governor’s Study Commission on Metropolitan Area Problems- State of Michigan, Final Report 1960 

2342 11

Interview with Charles Barr (outline) Undated 

2342 12

National Park and Forest Service Symbols and Plans 

2342 13

Noted Landscape Architects 

2342 14

Olmstead, Frederick Law- Published Writings 

2342 15

Parks Division- Michigan Biennial Report 1935-1936 


Problems of Landscape Architecture in the National Forests by A.D. Taylor [outline] 1935 


Syllabus and Curriculum 

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Pattern of Indian Towns lecture 

2342 18

Planning lecture 1992 

2342 19

UP 800 1961 

2342 20

UP 810B 

2342 21

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Writings and Speeches by Barr 

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Administrative Organizations as One of the Important Factors in Regional Development 1962 

2342 22


2342 23

Art of Tree Grouping 1934 

2342 24

Comprehensive Plan in Community Development 1961 

2342 25

Development Plan for Edgemont Park 1946 

2342 26

Filtration Process and Minority Groups 1948 

2342 27

Greenbelt Towns 

2342 28

Land Use Regulation Needs and Theory 1971 

2342 29

Model Planning Enabling Act for Michigan 1960 

2342 30

National Land Use Plan for Taiwan 1974 

2342 31

Noted American Landscape Architects and City Planners A-N 

2342 32

Noted American Landscape Architects and City Planners O-Z 

2342 33-34

Observations on National Planning 

2342 35

Our Changing Cities 1949 

2342 36

A Partial Bibliography of Road Design Beautification January 1929-January 1939 

2342 37

Proposed Studies in Urban Design 

2342 38

The School in the Urban Comprehensive Plan: A Partial Bibliography 1971 

2342 39

The Story of American Gardens and Parks 

2342 40

The Story of American Landscape Architecture 

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2342 41


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2342 44

(corrected last carbon) 

2342 45

(final corrected copy) 

2342 46

(last carbon) 

2342 47


2342 48

(old copy) 

2342 49
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South and Eastern Africa: References Related to Developmental Planning and Housing 1972 

2342 50

Waterfront Development: A Partial Bibliography 1975 

2342 51

Writings [Highway Plantings] 1939, 1941-1942 

2342 52

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2342 53

People. Waugh, Frank W. 

2342 54

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