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REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 23 MEMORIAL MINUTE ON THE DEATH OF James Parties Adopted May 19, 1936 Whereas, The New York Historical Society has learned with deep sorrow of the death on April 30, 1936, of Colonel James Barnes, a Patron of the Society, therefore be it Resolved, that the following memorial minute be adopted by a rising vote: James Barnes was born at Annapolis, Maryland, on September 19, 1866, son of John Sanford Barnes and Susan Bainbridge Hayes Barnes, his wife. He was graduated from Princeton University in 1891, where he received an honorary M. A. degree in 1894. For two years following graduation, he served on the staff of Scribner's Magazine, and was subsequently an assistant editor of Harper's Weekly and literary advisor to D. Appleton and Company. He was the author of over twenty volumes of naval history, biography, adventure and historical fiction, including Naval Actions of the War of 1812, and his autobiography, From Then till Now, which was published in 1934. In 1914, Colonel Barnes conducted a photogtaphic expedition across Africa, for the American Museum of Natural History, and after the outbreak of the World War in Europe, returned to this country an active advocate of preparedness. In 1917, he organized and headed the Princeton Aviation School, and was commissioned Major in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps, U. S. Reserve. He served as chief of the- photographic division of the Army, in Washington, and was sent to France to take charge of the United States aviation photographic work at the front. Toward the end of the war he was recalled, to head the United States School of Aerial Photography at Rochester, New York. In 1924, he was commissioned Lieutenant-Colonel, and in 1930, Colonel, of the Air Corps Reserve. Colonel Barnes was a member of a number of social clubs, and of organizations associated with the theatre, and with Princeton University, but his chief interest was the Naval History Society, of which he was a Founder and Benefactor, and of which he served as President from 1918 until his death. It was his father's books which formed the large nucleus of that Society's library, and he delighted to add to them. He was influential in having the Naval History Society Library given to the New York Historical Society in 1925, at which time he was elected a Patron of the Society, in recognition of his generous action. Therefore be it Resolved, That this minute be spread upon the Records of the Society, and an engrossed copy be forwarded to the family of Colonel Barnes.