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College Archive Record Group 9.05



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Predominant Dates:1927-1959

ID: RG 09/9.05

Primary Creator: Burroughs, Wilbur G.

Extent: 12.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Arrangement is in eleven series: Correspondence; Writings; Printed Matter; Scientific Discoveries; Photographs; Documents; Class Notes; Organizations; Subjects; and Maps.

Series Descriptions:

Series 1: Correspondence

Materials in this series include correspondence with family, friends, and students as well as businesses and Berea College faculty.

Family correspondence is fragmented and undated.  Correspondence with friends spans 1910-1974.  Student correspondence spans 1922-1974 (sufficient materials for separate folders for Lyle and Evelyn Dockery, Rev. Harold Short, Elbert Stephens and Raymond Woerth), with separate folders for war-time letters.  Sympathy cards and letters to Mrs. Burroughs on the passing of Dr. Burroughs are also separate.  Berea College correspondence includes letters from both William J. and Francis Hutchins.  Business correspondence is arranged alphabetically from Berea College to YMCA.

Series 2: Writings

Material consists of diaries dating from 1899-1947 (not inclusive), manuscripts of geographical and geological works, including “The Development of Kentucky.”  There are also manuscripts of fictional short stories and historical writings.

Series 3: Printed Matter

This series contains a box of published work by J.B. Burroughs; including his book, Titian, Son of Saturn, and magazine articles.  The published material by Wilbur Burroughs includes pamphlets on geology, science, and history.  There are also magazine articles that are collaborations between Wilbur and his father.  These include articles from “Coal Age” and “Colliery Engineer.”  The last box consists of newspaper clippings on Wilbur and Mavis Burroughs from 1920-1950.  There is also a folder on the other members of his family including his father, mother, brother Wallace, and his cousins, the Durfree brothers.

Series 4: Scientific Discoveries

This series includes all the correspondence and publicity regarding the Moundbuilders, the prehistoric footprints, and Indian Fort.  There is also a folder on discoveries that members of his geology class made.  There is a folder of notes, but no extensive discussion of findings is included.

Series 5: Photographs

Materials include photographs of Burroughs and all of his family members as well as friends, students, and possessions (cars, boars, houses).  There are landscape and vacation photographs as well as photographs of Appalachian poverty.  The bulk of photographs regard the Moundbuilder relics, Indian Fort, and prehistoric footprints.  There are also photos of geological formations and mining.  The last box contains postcards which Dr. Burroughs collected on his vacations around the country.

Series 6: Documents

These are deeds, patents, grade certifications and contracts between individuals and with Berea College (worker’s commission, etc).  Also included are graduation certificates for Joseph Burroughs.

Series 7: Class Notes

Notes from geology and geography classes.  Also includes “General Science,” “Military Map Reading,” and “Methods of Teaching Geography.”  Two notebooks from classes that Burroughs attended as a student are also included.

Series 8: Subjects

These are listed alphabetically and range from Berea College Students to YMCA.  Subjects of note are the Brown Mountain Lights, Geology Museum, and Rose Hill Oil Geological Survey.

Series 9: Organizations

These are organizations that Burroughs actively participated in as well as certificates and cards of membership.  Included are the Royal Geographical Society of England, the Kentucky Academy of Science and various Berea College honor societies.

Series 10: Maps

These are maps of the Berea and Richmond regions.  Maps of the Indian Fort site are included; additional maps of this area can be found in Series 4 box 12.  Item 22.5 is a large hand drawn map, the subject is unknown but it is probably a map of the Indian Fort area.

Series XI: Scrapbooks

These are scrapbooks of newspaper clippings which are largely repeated in Series III.  Of interest is a series of published stories of Joseph Burroughs’ adventures in the Klondike.

Subjects: Berea College, Berea College -- Faculty, Berea College -- Forest -- Indian Fort, Geography -- Study and teaching., Geography., Geology -- Study and teaching., Geology., Madison County (Ky.) -- History., Maps.

Languages: English

Abstract

Wilbur Greeley Burroughs was born in Shortsville, New York on December 7, 1886 to Joseph B. and Emma Greeley Burroughs.  Wilbur and his younger brother, Wallace, attended Oberlin where he received his A.B. in 1909 (Phi Beta Kappa) and A.M. in 1911. Burroughs founded the Geology department at Berea College in 1920 and went on to receive his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1932. In 1927, Burroughs was elected president of the Kentucky Academy of Science.

This collection consists of Burroughs correspondence with friends and students along with some of his scientific writings pertaining to geography, geology and archaeology.  The collection also includes a large number of photographs of the prehistoric human footprints and Moundbuilder artifacts which he discovered in Madison County, KY.  The artifacts left by the Moundbuilders were discovered in 1926 in the area of Indian Fort Mountain outside of Berea.  In 1939, Dr. Burroughs discovered the famous prehistoric footprints. It should be noted that some of Burroughs scientific claims regarding the dating of the origin of man have been disputed.  These artifacts are not included in the archival collection, but can be found in the Burroughs Geology Museum at the Hall Science Building.

Dr. Burroughs was a member of many honor societies including the Royal Geographical Society of England and the Kentucky Colonels as well as various Berea College societies.

Dr. Burroughs retired in 1955 as Nathaniel Southgate Shaler Professor and the chairman of the department.  In 1959, the Berea College Geology Museum was officially named in honor of Dr. and his wife Mavis Reynolds Burroughs.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are the papers of Wilbur G. Burroughs including his correspondence, writings, class notes, and information regarding his work with the Berea College Geology Department.

Subject/Index Terms

Berea College
Berea College -- Faculty
Berea College -- Forest -- Indian Fort
Geography -- Study and teaching.
Geography.
Geology -- Study and teaching.
Geology.
Madison County (Ky.) -- History.
Maps.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: Federal copyright regulations apply. Some materials may be restricted. Please consult archivist.

Preferred Citation: [Item/Folder/Box], RG 09/9.05: Wilbur G. Burroughs Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: This finding aid was updated in March 2014 by Lori Myers-Steele, Project Archivist.  A new box list was created and information was updated at that time.


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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1-1: FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Friends 1910-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 1-3: Friends 1949-1074Add to your cart.
Folder 1-4: Students-James F. ConleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-5: Students-Lyle and Evelyn DockeryAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-6: Students-Rev. Harold ShortAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-7: Students-Elbert D. StephensAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-8: Students-Raymond WoerthAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-9: Students-WartimeAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-10: Students-1922-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 1-11: Students-1951-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 1-12: Students-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 1-13: Students-1960-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 1-14: Sympathy letters on passing of W.G. BurroughsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-1: Animal RightsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-2: Berea College-Francis HutchinsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-3: Berea College-William J. HutchinsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-4: Berea College-GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-5: Christmas Cards/Thank you lettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-6: FragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-7: General: New YorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-8: Letter of RecommendationAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 2-9: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-10: PostcardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-11: UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2-12: Who's Who and BiographiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-1: Business, Berea CollegeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-2: Business, Financial InstitutionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-3: Business, Geological SurveysAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-4: Business, Goodbody and CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-5: Business, MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-6: Business, Insurance AgenciesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-7: Business, Oil and Gas companiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-8: Business, Publishing companiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-9: Business, Russell MeansAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-10: Business, TaxesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-11: Business, TransactionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-12: Business, West Side YMCAAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-13: Business-Manganese MiningAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Correspondence Diary, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 2: Correspondence Diary, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 3: Correspondence Diary, 1943Add to your cart.
Item 4: Correspondence Diary, 1948Add to your cart.
Item 5: Correspondence Diary, 1949Add to your cart.
Item 6: Correspondence Diary, 1950Add to your cart.
Item 7: Correspondence Diary, 1951Add to your cart.
Item 8: Correspondence Diary, 1952Add to your cart.
Item 9: Correspondence Diary, 1953Add to your cart.
Item 10: Correspondence Diary, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 4-1: Address BooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 4-2: Address Lists, 2-AprAdd to your cart.
Series 2: WritingsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 5-1: Diaries, 1899-1901Add to your cart.
Folder 5-2: Diaries, 1902-1903Add to your cart.
Folder 5-3: Diaries, 1904-1906Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 5-4: Diaries, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 5-5: Diaries, 1942, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 6-1: County Maps and State Base Maps, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 6-2: The Development of KentuckyAdd to your cart.
Folder 6-3: The Development of KentuckyAdd to your cart.
Folder 6-4: Thesis for Geology of Madison County, KentuckyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-1: FragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-2: Fiction, God's GiftAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-3: Fiction, In the Heart of the StormAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-4: Fiction, In the Heart of the TempleAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-5: Fiction, The Praying CompanyAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 7-6: Fiction, Short StoriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-7: Fiction, Stories about Bryce BurroughsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-8: Fiction, The Two comradesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-9: Fiction, The Woman on the BridgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-10: HistoricalAdd to your cart.
Folder 7-11: Historical, Turning Points in American HistoryAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Printed MatterAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Book: Titan, Son of SaturnAdd to your cart.
Folder 8-1: Article in the LancetAdd to your cart.
Folder 8-2: When our Friends Die, Where do They Go?Add to your cart.
Folder 8-3: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 9-1: Berea Sandstone in Eroded Cleveland ShaleAdd to your cart.
Folder 9-2: Economic Geology of Berea SandstoneAdd to your cart.
Folder 9-3: Geography and Stratigraphy of the Susquehanna Basin (I)Add to your cart.
Folder 9-4: Geography and Stratigraphy of the Susquehanna Basin (II)Add to your cart.
Folder 9-5: Introduction to Physical ScienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 9-6: Oberlin's Parts in the Slavery ConflictAdd to your cart.
Folder 9-7: Unconformity between the Bedford and Berea FormationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9-8: The Geographical JournalAdd to your cart.
Folder 10-1: The Bible and ScienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 10-2: Coal AgeAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 10-3: Coal IndustryAdd to your cart.
Folder 10-4: Colliery EngineerAdd to your cart.
Folder 10-5: Lists of articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10-6: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 10-7: Mountain Life and WorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 10-8: Scientific, MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 10-9: YachtingAdd to your cart.
Folder 11-1: W. G. Burroughs 1920sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11-2: W .G. Burroughs 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11-3: W. G. Burroughs 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11-4: W. G. Burroughs 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11-5: Burroughs FamilyAdd to your cart.
Series 4: Scientific DiscoveriesAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 12-1: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 12-2: Moundbuilders: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 12-3: Moundbuilders:  Newspaper clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12-4: Moundbuilders:  WritingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12-4.5: Prehistoric Footprints: MapsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12-5: Prehistoric Footprints:  Correspondence, nd, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 12-6: Prehistoric Footprints:  Correspondence, 1939-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 12-7: Prehistoric Footprints:  Correspondence-, 1957-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 12-8: Prehistoric Footprints:  WritingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12-9: Prehistoric Footprints:  Newspaper clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12-10: Prehistoric Footprints:  Miscellaneous notesAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Prehistoric Footprints: Rubbings (stored in Map Box)Add to your cart.
Series 5: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 13-1: Wilbur Greeley BurroughsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13-2: Mavis Reynolds BurroughsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13-3: Wilbur and Mavis BurroughsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13-4: Wallace Cohurn BurroughsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13-5: Emma Greeley BurroughsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13-6: Joseph Birbeck BurroughsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13-7: Fuzzy-the family dogAdd to your cart.
Folder 13-8: Durfree cousinsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13-9: Friends of Wilbur BurroughsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13-10: Berea studentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13-11: PossessionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14-1: Appalachian povertyAdd to your cart.
Folder 14-2: Geological formationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14-3: Historical sightsAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 14-4: Indian Fort and MoundbuildersAdd to your cart.
Folder 14-5: LandscapesAdd to your cart.
Folder 14-6: Mining and industryAdd to your cart.
Folder 14-7: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 14-8: Prehistoric footprintsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15-1: Appalachia/MideastAdd to your cart.
Folder 15-2: CanadaAdd to your cart.
Folder 15-3: FloridaAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 15-4: GeorgiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 15-5: KentuckyAdd to your cart.
Folder 15-6: New YorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 15-7: NortheastAdd to your cart.
Folder 15-8: PennsylvaniaAdd to your cart.
Folder 15-9: SouvenirsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15.5-1: Negatives-Miscellaneous (1)Add to your cart.
Folder 15.5-2: Negatives-Miscellaneous (2)Add to your cart.
Folder 15.5-3: Negatives-Indian Fort and Prehistoric FootprintsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15.5-4: Negatives-Family and friendsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15.5-5: Duplicate photos and postcardsAdd to your cart.
Series 6: DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Box 12.5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Miscellaneous Documents (Oversized, flat box)Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 16-1: Berea CollegeAdd to your cart.
Folder 16-2: ContractsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16-3: Deeds and willsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16-4: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 16-5: Grade/Degree certificationAdd to your cart.
Folder 16-6: PatentsAdd to your cart.
Series 7: Class NotesAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 17-1: DiagramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17-2: General Science classesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17-3: Geography (I)Add to your cart.
Folder 17-4: Geography (II)Add to your cart.
Folder 17-5: Geology (I)Add to your cart.
Folder 17-6: Geology (II)Add to your cart.
Folder 17-7: Methods of Teaching Geography, Volumes I and IIAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 17-8: Military Map ReadingAdd to your cart.
Folder 17-9: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 17-10: NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 17-11: NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Series 8: SubjectsAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 18-1: Berea College studentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-2: Brown Mountain LightsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-3: Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-4: Geology DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-5: Geological Survey, Rose Hill OilAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-5.5: Geological Survey, East Ohio GasAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-6: Geological Survey, Lists of Maps and Reports 1923-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 18-7: Geological, MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 18-8: Geology MuseumAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-8.5: House plansAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-9: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-10: SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-10.5: Poultry HouseAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-11: Speaking schedulesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18-12: Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)Add to your cart.
Series 9: OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 19-1: Berea CollegeAdd to your cart.
Folder 19-2: Kentucky Academy of ScienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 19-3: Kentucky ColonelsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19-4: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 19-5: Royal Geographical SocietyAdd to your cart.
Series 10: MapsAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 20-1: BereaAdd to your cart.
Folder 20-2: Big Hill and BereaAdd to your cart.
Folder 20-3: Indian FortAdd to your cart.
Folder 20-4: RichmondAdd to your cart.
Folder 20-5: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Item 1: Berea and Big Hill (map box)Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: Well Surveys (map box)Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Item 1: Large hand drawn mapAdd to your cart.
Series 11: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Item 1: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Item 2: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Item 3: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Item 4: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Item 5: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Item 6: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Copy of American Boy MagazineAdd to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Item 1: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.

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