Born: October 23, 1918
Died: July 14, 2011
Ohio connection: Resident
James Potvin Barry was born in Alton, Illinois. From the time he was in high school, he had a deep love of writing, with historical and regional topics his major interest. He attended The Ohio State University, receiving a B.A. degree in 1940. He has lived and worked in Ohio for many years, having been the director of the Ohioana Library Association and editor of the Ohioana Quarterly. Barry is the author of The Fate of the Lakes: A Portrait of the Great Lakes; Wrecks and Rescues of the Great Lakes: A Photographic History; and Hackercraft. He wrote technical military publications during his time in the United States Army, from 1940 until 1966. He has also written a number of books for young adults, including The Battle of Lake Erie (1970), Bloody Kansas (1972), The Louisiana Purchase (1973), Henry Ford and Mass Production (1973), and The Berlin Olympics (1975). Barry served as an administrator at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, from 1971 until 1977, before taking a position as director of the Ohioana Library Association in 1977 where the Award for Editorial Excellence bears his name. James P. Barry died July 14, 2011.
Award from American Society for State and Local History, 1974, for Ships of the Great Lakes: 300 Years of Navigation; award from Society of Midland Authors, 1982 for Wrecks and Rescues of the Great Lakes: A Photographic History.