Scope and arrangement
The Barrus papers consist chiefly of letters she received, 1906-1931, from friends Elizabeth Dowden and Charles Fletcher Lummis. The remainder of the papers include additional letters, poems by Barrus, and her notes on a trip to Italy in 1929.
The letters from Elizabeth Dowden of Dublin, Ireland, 1913-1931, relate to personal and literary matters, especially the writings of her husband, Edward Dowden, Irish editor and critic, and to John Burroughs and include references to Walt Whitman, World War I, and Irish nationalism. The letters from Charles Fletcher Lummis concern his health and activities after his retirement from a career as a preservationist and promoter of the Southwest. There are also a small number of letters from Walter S. Crump, Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, Richard Watson Gilder, and others. There are only two copies of letters by Barrus in the collection, one to R.W. Gilder praising his latest book or poetry (1907) and the other a letter of congratulation to Charles Fletcher Lummis written as her contribution to a presentation volume given to him by the Southwest Museum (1923).