Guide to the Vincent Godfrey Burns Papers

Processed by Preliminary arrangement and description by Special Collections staff; latest revision by D. Tambo
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-3062
Fax: (805) 893-5749
Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
© 2001
Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Vincent Godfrey Burns Papers, ca. 1930s-1969

Collection number: Mss 13

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    Preliminary arrangement and description by Special Collections staff; latest revision by D. Tambo
    Date Completed:
    01 October 2001
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2001 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Vincent Godfrey Burns Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1930s-1969
Collection Number: Mss 13
Creator: Burns, Vincent Godfrey, 1893-
Extent: 4 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Vincent Godfrey Burns Papers. Mss 13. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Purchase from Vincent Godfrey Burns, 1969.

Vincent Godfrey Burns (1893-1979) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at Pennsylvania State College (B.S., 1916), Harvard University (A.M., 1917), Union Theological Seminary (B.D., 1922), and Columbia University (post-graduate study, 1922-1925). He enlisted in the U.S. Army, 1918, and served on the staff of General Foote, 163rd F.A. Brigade, First Army Corps A.E.F. in France. He was a poet, Congregationalist minister, journalist, literary editor, public speaker, and screenwriter. In 1962 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Maryland.
Further biographical information may be found in the guides to the Burns collections at the Maryland Historical Society and the University of Maryland Libraries.

Scope and Content of Collection

In 1969 the UCSB Library purchased several autographed books and a small amount of manuscript material from the author, Vincent Godfrey Burns. Burns had lived in Santa Barbara for a time and several of his poems were inspired by or have references to Santa Barbara.
The manuscript portion of the collection primarily contains material relating to Burns' poems, written in a populist style, often on patriotic and homespun American subjects. It includes correspondence, printed and manuscript drafts of poems, brochures, reviews, programs, notices, and clippings.
Burns books include I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! (with his brother, Robert Elliott Burns, made into a film, 1932), I'm in Love with Life (1933), Female Convict: As Told to Vincent G. Burns (1934), America, I Love You, and Other Poems (1957), Flame against the Night (1960), The Four Tests of a Loyal American (1966), The Man Who Broke a Thousand Chains: The Story of Social Reformation of the Prisons of the South (1968), and Heart on Fire (1969). These and other books by Burns have been cataloged separately and may be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Burns, Vincent Godfrey, -- Archives.
Authors, American.
Poets, American.
Santa Barbara(Calif.)
Correspondence.
Clippings.

Related Material

The Maryland Historical Society Library: Vincent Godfrey Burns Papers Collection (MS 2493), 1918-1979.
The University of Maryland Libraries: Vincent Godfrey Burns [Papers?], .5 linear feet, 1935-1970.
Indiana University, Lilly Library: Orson Welles Mss (includes Burns correspondence).

Collection Contents

Box 1: 1

Published poetry, ca. 1960s

Box 1: 2

Poetry drafts (photocopies), ca. 1960s

Box 1: 3

Typescripts of articles, ca. 1960s

Box 1: 4

Outgoing correspondence (photocopies of carbons), 1956 - 1969

Box 1: 5

Clippings, 1966 - 1969

Box 1: 6

The Rainbow: A Magazine of Poetry, vol. 1, nos. 1-3, 1964

Box 1: 7

Programs, notices, and flyers, ca. 1930s-1969