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Gordon Barker Collection

Identifier: COU:89

Scope and Contents

I. ARTICLES AND REPRINTS consists of academic papers published in scholarly journals. These articles cover a wide array of sociological topics from criminology to adolescent delinquency to homelessness. This section also includes publications about Dr. Barker’s work overseas. II. BOOKS AND JOURNALS contains books and journals written by, and collaborated with, Dr. Gordon Barker. These bound volumes include manuals, reports and dissertations. III. CLIPPINGS includes various newspaper and magazine clippings featuring Dr. Gordon Barker and his work throughout the world. These clippings span the years of Dr. Barker’s career from the 1940’s until 1979. IV. CERTIFICATES AND PERSONAL RECORDS includes various certificates received by Mr. Barker throughout his career and travels, as well as other personal records. V. PHOTOS includes a sizable photograph collection, both personal photographs and negatives documenting Gordon Barker’s travels to abandoned mining camps in Colorado. These negatives include scenes from South Dakota, the Western Slope of Colorado, the Cripple Creek area, and the Evergreen area.


  • 1940 - 1970

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This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Limited duplication of materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Note

Dr. Gordon H. Barker was born on November 2, 1905 in Chicago, and married his wife Victoria Siegfried on June 19, 1948. He came to the University of Colorado in 1940 and during his time at the University of Colorado he served as department chairman of: economics, political science, sociology and anthropology, social science and sociology.

Dr. Barker was a specialist in criminology and juvenile delinquency and wrote many articles on these subjects. He conducted a survey in France and Italy on the possibilities for research on youth groups for the U.S. Department of State. He served as a consultant to the Iraq government on a National Youth Program and made many speeches to youth groups in various countries including: Cyprus, Nicosia, Djakarta, Indonesia, Thailand, Manila, Tokyo, Hawaii, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, India, Ceylon, Afghanistan, Iran, Qatar, Egypt, Hungary, East Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, and England.

Dr. Barker served as a technical consultant to the Colorado White House Conference on Children and Youth and was co-chairman of the section on family. He was an official Colorado delegate to the White House Conference on Children and Youth in 1960. Dr. Barker also worked on various projects including acting as a consultant to a project sponsored by the Vocational Rehabilitation Agency in work with federal probationers in Denver, and he participated in the Federal Offenders Rehabilitation Project.

Dr. Barker was on the advisory committee of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and he was a consultant to the University of Denver Juvenile Delinquency Demonstration and Training Project and the Juvenile Delinquency section of the Denver Metropolitan Council.

Dr. Gordon H. Barker received his BA (1929), MA (1938) and PhD (1940) from Northwestern University. He was a member of: the American Association of University Professors, Pi Gamma Mu, American Sociological Society, Colorado Conference of Social Welfare, American Society of Criminology (Vice President), and the Institute International de Sociologie. He is also listed in: Who’s Who in Colorado, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the West, World Who’s Who in Science, Directory of American Scholars, and Leaders in American Science.


4.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

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As a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado, Gordon H. Barker (1905-198?) specialized in criminology and juvenile delinquency. He served as consultant and advisor to many national and international youth groups. The collection contains articles, clippings, reports, printed materials and memorabilia plus 210 photographic negatives created during visits to abandoned mining camps being sketched by Muriel Sibell Wolle, CU Professor, and Chair of Fine Arts.


This collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1: Articles and Reprints, n.d. Series 2: Books and Journals, 1940-1970 Series 3: Clippings, 1940-1979 Series 4: Certificates and Personal Records, n.d. Series 5: Photos, 1942-1950
Guide reformatted by: Anna C. Peterson January 31, 2005 Edited by: James A. Thompkins, Jr.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States