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Focus on Barnard

Identifier: BC12-05

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of issues of Focus on Barnard, a literary publication published twice a year showcasing student literary works. When the publication changed its name to Focus in 1954, more poetry, reviews, articles, literary criticism, and translations were featured in addition to student literature.


  • Creation: 1948 - 1969



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Historical Background

Focus on Barnard began as the sole literary magazine of Barnard in 1948. It showcased mostly students’ fiction pieces with occasional poems included in the earlier issues. In the fall of 1954, the magazine changed its name and its look. Focus now had more poetry, reviews, articles and translations. Literary criticism and artwork also began to be published more frequently in Focus. Among its many contributors were June Jordan and Erica Mann (later Erica Jong), who served as Editor-in-Chief from 1962 to 1963. The magazine ceased publication after its Spring 1969 issue. In 1970 Emanon replaced Focus as Barnard’s literary magazine.


2.1 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 14 volumes)




This collection consists of Focus on Barnard magazine, which was first published in 1948, and was the sole literary magazine at Barnard College.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Library.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Marcia Bassett, Maggie Astor BC’11, and Caitlin Hamrin BC’12. Finding aid written by Maggie Astor and Caitlin Hamrin in May 2010.

This finding aid was updated by Hilary Price in December, 2014.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.


Guide to Focus on Barnard
Maggie Astor and Caitlin Hamrin
© 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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