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Lynn Palmer Barton Papers

Identifier: Mss 292

Scope and Contents

Researchers examining the Lynn Palmer Barton Papers will gain greater insight into Jewish summer camps in the South in the middle of the 20th Century. All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each subject.


  • Creation: 1954 - 1958


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Biographical / Historical

Lynn P. Barton grew up in Selma, AL, graduated from Smith College and Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University (BA), and received her MSSW from University of Tennessee School of Social Work, Nashville. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She has received training to be certified as a Rule 31 Divorce Mediator and as an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution. She has received additional training to be a Collaborative Facilitator, helping couples divorce using a Collaborative Divorce Process. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Ms. Barton was a co-founder of Alive Hospice of Nashville and served as the second president of its Board of Directors. She remains on the Alive Hospice Advisory Committee and the Alive Institute Advisory Committee.

She was a co-founder and first board president of the Nashville Area Association of Family Mediators; co-founder and first board president of the Mediation Association of Tennessee; and a founding board member of Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators and the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center. She has also served on the Board of Temple Ohabi Shalom and Jewish Family Service of Nashville. She has received the Loving Kindness Award from JFS for community service.

Ms. Barton has always been interested in the area of grief and helping people work through the process of grief, whether the grief is caused by illness, death, divorce, aging or other losses that have occurred. She has done this in her private therapy practice, by educating people in conferences and community speaking engagements, and through volunteering in various capacities. She has also taught in the area of marriage and couple relationships.

She was honored by Jewish Family Service with its Chesed (Loving Kindness) Award in 2010 for work with JFS and within the Jewish Community. She was also honored with her husband in 2014 by the Nashville Business Journal with its Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award for co-founding Alive Hospice of Nashville, one of the first hospices in the United States.

Ms. Barton has been married to David Barton, a psychiatrist, since 1961. They have two sons, both also psychiatrists (Ms. Barton questions whether there’s an unidentified gene in there somewhere), a daughter who’s an attorney, three children-in-law (an Ob-Gyn, a Creative Director in advertising, and a Landscape Architect), and seven wonderful grandchildren. Her interests include laughing with family and friends, reading, playing bridge, traveling, and trying to keep up with all her husband’s myriad activities. Importantly, Ms. Barton attended Sky Lake Camp for eight weeks every summer from 1954 through 1958. For her, Sky Lake was definitely “more than just a summer.”


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Lynn Palmer Barton was a camper and later, counselor, at Sky Lake Camps, a Jewish summer camp in Sautee, White County, Georgia. The papers consist of the materials she was given as a camper and a counselor, as well as pages from scrapbooks she made each summer from 1954 to 1958.


Material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each subject.

Lynn Palmer Barton Papers, Mss 292
Lindsay Resnick
March 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States