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James E. Burr Collection

Identifier: SC-102

Scope and Contents

The James E. Burr Collection primarily documents the imprisonement of George Thompson, Alanson Work, and James E. Burr while students at the Mission Institute (Quincy, Illinois) during the 1840s. Primary source documents include newsclippings, court transcripts, and original correspondence while Clyde S. Kilby's research cards and notes from the 1950s provide additional background material. In recent years, new research has begun by Wheaton alumna Marcia Daniels and is regularly updated in a separate binder.


  • Created: 1841-2008
  • Other: Date acquired: 1959

Conditions Governing Access

There are no specific restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.


2 boxes

.84 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Source of Acquisition

The provenance of the James E. Burr Collection is currently unknown, but it is likely that much of the research was gathered by Clyde S. Kilby in the late 1950s and subsequent material given as a personal donation by Marsha Daniels post-1986.

Method of Acquisition


James E. Burr Collection
Buswell Library Special Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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