Barland family papers, 1825-2008

Barland family

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  • COLLECTION, IN-PART, STORED AT ARC: Collection can be requested for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.
  • RESTRICTED: Portions of accessions M2005-055 and M2013-153 including military records detailing Gordon Barland's experiences working in the Military Intelligence require his written permission until December 31, 2020.
  • COPYRIGHT RESTRICTION: Gordon Barland retains copyright of materials in M2013-153 until his death.


  • Personal and business papers of three generations of the Barland's, a family with strong ties to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, together with papers of several related families, the Newlands', the Reads, the Schlegelmilchs, and the Wilsons. Included are personal letters, diaries, photographs, financial records, and genealogical materials. The papers document the life of Thomas Barland, a minister and inventor who emigrated from Scotland to Illinois and then to Eau Claire (1853). Barland's correspondence discusses pioneer life in Illinois and Wisconsin, the Civil War, slavery, and his religious views. Also documented are Barland's sisters, Betsy Barland Moffat and Jessie Barland Newlands Moore, the mother of Senator Francis G. Newlands of Nevada; Thomas' son John C. Barland, a Civil War soldier and dairy farmer; John's son, T. Gordon Barland, a prominent Eau Claire banker; and John's daughter Agnes Barland McDaniel, a missionary nurse. Noteworthy among the photographs are two snapshots of Agnes Barland McDaniel taken in Siam in the 1920s.


  • The papers relating to Siam and the Thomas Barland and Jessie Barland Newlands Moore portions of the collection are Also available on microfilm.
  • Materials are predominantly in English; some papers are in German.
  • Portions presented by Isabelle V. Towne, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; portions loaned for microfilming by Thomas H. Barland, Eau Claire, 1962-1967, and Mrs. John Ferguson, Golf, Illinois, 1967; and portions presented by Lois Barland, Eau Claire, 1977.