Nebraska Authors

Viola Florence Barnes

Born 1885-08-28 Albion, NE (USA)

Died 1979-07-29

Albion, NE (USA)

A distinguished historian of colonial New England, who taught for many years at Mt. Holyoke College. She was also an important leader of women in the history profession, serving as President of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, 1933-1938 and again in 1956-7.

Places Lived

Hadley, MA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


History; Scholarship; Colonial America; New England


AB, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1909
MA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1910
BM, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1913
Harvard University Summer Study 1914
University of Wisconsin, 1915
PhD, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1919


Professor of History
Teaching fellow

Places Worked

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Teaching Fellow
University if Nebraska - Lincoln
Mount Holyoke College
Smith College


Grants from AAUP
Council of Learned Societies
Gugenheim Foundation
Social Science Research Council
Honary LLD UNL 1941 Received an honorary Law Degree from UNL, 1941;Mount Holyoke College, Chair, history dept, 1939-42
Chair, Am. culture major, 1937-52
Grants for research in London on background of American revolution from A.A.W.U., 1926-27, Council of Learned Societies, 1929, Guggenheim Foundation, 1930-31, Social Science Research Council, 1933, 49, 55
honorary LL.D., University of Nebraska, 1941


American Historical Society
Royal Historical Society Berkshire Historical Conference (President 1933-1938, 1957)
Conference on British Studies, American Association of University Professors
Phi Beta Kappa
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Graduate Women's club at Yale (President 1917-1919)


The Dominion of New England. 1923 and 1960.
The Commonwealth History of Massachusetts. 1927-1928.
Essays in Colonial History. 1931.
Founders and Leaders of Connecticut. 1934.

Contributor to:
Essays to books on New England History
Dictionary of American Biography
Dictionary of American History
Historical journals

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