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- Burr, Nelson R. (Nelson Rollin), 1904-1994
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Nelson R. Burr Papers
- Manuscripts Division
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- 18 boxes
- Storage Note:
- ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-18
The Nelson R. Burr Papers consists of works, correspondence, documents, photographs, scrapbooks, juvenilia, and printed matter of American historian, Nelson R. Burr (Princeton Class of 1927). The collection contains materials from his book Education in New Jersey, 1630-1871 (1942), as well as notes, essays and personal correspondence from his undergraduate and graduate school years at Princeton.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of works, correspondence, documents, photographs, scrapbooks, juvenilia, and printed matter of Burr (Princeton Class of 1927). The collection contains the typed manuscript (carbon) and photographs for Burr's book Education in New Jersey, 1630-1871 (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1942), based on his Ph.D. thesis at Princeton, as well as undergraduate notes and essays, and letters written to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harris L. Burr, during undergraduate (1923-1927) and graduate school years (1928-1932) at Princeton and New York University (1929).
The bulk of the collection consists of letters written to Burr by his father, friends, clergymen, publishers, and libraries, much of it regarding Burr's histories of various parishes and churches in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. The correspondence reflects his interest in religious matters, especially the Episcopal Church, and there are letters concerning his book The Story of the Episcopal Church in the United States (1936). In addition, the collection contains scrapbooks kept by Burr when he was with the Library of Congress, as well as scrapbooks of the state anniversary exhibitions (1945-1948) mounted there, and includes a series of biographies for the "Liberty Ships" of the United States Maritime Commission written by him and others (1942-1944).
This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.
Unprocessed, except for four boxes of letters by Burr to his parents, which are in chronological order.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Burr, Nelson R. (Nelson Rollin), 1904-1994
Nelson R. Burr (Princeton Class of 1927) is an American historian at the Library of Congress and a church historian.
Gift of the author.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
This is an unprocessed collection. The contents list provided is a preliminary inventory.
The collection inventory was created by Michael Heist in August 2007.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Nelson R. Burr Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Church historians -- United States.
College students -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Education -- New Jersey -- 18th century.
Education -- New Jersey -- 19th century.
Education -- New Jersey -- 20th century.
Liberty ships -- United States.
- Genre Terms:
- The Episcopal Church
Library of Congress.
Princeton University. Class of 1927.
Burr, Harris L.
Burr, Harris L., Mrs
- Connecticut -- Church history -- 19th century.
Connecticut -- Church history -- 20th century.
Washington (D.C.) -- Church history -- 19th century.
Washington (D.C.) -- Church history -- 20th century.