Guide to the Myron Carlos Burr Papers and memorabilia

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Library Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
Copyright © 2011 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0470
Creator: Burr, Myron Carlos, 1884-1977
Title: Myron Carlos Burr papers and memorabilia
Dates: 1902-2006
Bulk Dates: 1902-1946
Physical Description: 5.5 Linear feet
Summary: Collection consists primarily of M. C. Burr's papers with a few items pertaining to his brother Walter and sister Gladys. Included are photographs, correspondence, clippings, typescripts of short articles, memorabilia from student days at Stanford University, and a scrapbook. The correspondence is largely Myron Burr?s letters to his family, 1905-08, but also includes Walter Burr?s letters to Gladys, and correspondence pertaining to the donation of these papers, 1971-2006. Subjects of the campus photographs include the Quad, Memorial Church, Encina dormitory rooms, club members on the porch of the Entre Nous eating club, athletics, and the laying of the last keystone in the outer Quad arcades. Student memorabilia includes registration and study cards, programs from campus events, several issues of the student newspaper, and dance cards. The scrapbook pertains to Burr?s career, Republican politics, flood control and water issues in the LA area (especially terracing hillsides as flood control), history of Monrovia, CA, and family events, 1918-42. Other items of note include his account of his experiences in San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906 and a record book kept while working for Shell Oil, Martinez refinery, 1916.
Language(s): In English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

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Cite As

Myron Carlos Burr Papers and Memorabilia (SC0470). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Myron C. Burr earned his A.B. in civil engineering at Stanford University in May 1907. In the aftermath of the San Francisco Earthquake in 1906, he served with the Stanford Relief Corps and the San Francisco Water Commission. In addition to his career as a civil engineer, he ran an insurance agency specializing in industrial insurance, served on the Los Angeles County Emergency Relief Committee, wrote a newspaper column, and was a wholesale distributor of avocados. He was also active in the Republican Party in Southern California.

Description of the Collection

Collection consists primarily of M. C. Burr's papers with a few items pertaining to his brother Walter and sister Gladys. Included are photographs, correspondence, clippings, typescripts of short articles, memorabilia from student days at Stanford University, and a scrapbook. The correspondence is largely Myron Burr?s letters to his family, 1905-08, but also includes Walter Burr?s letters to Gladys, and correspondence pertaining to the donation of these papers, 1971-2006. Subjects of the campus photographs include the Quad, Memorial Church, Encina dormitory rooms, club members on the porch of the Entre Nous eating club, athletics, and the laying of the last keystone in the outer Quad arcades. Student memorabilia includes registration and study cards, programs from campus events, several issues of the student newspaper, and dance cards. The scrapbook pertains to Burr?s career, Republican politics, flood control and water issues in the LA area (especially terracing hillsides as flood control), history of Monrovia, CA, and family events, 1918-42. Other items of note include his account of his experiences in San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906 and a record book kept while working for Shell Oil, Martinez refinery, 1916.

Access Terms

Burr, Myron Carlos, 1884-1977
Burr, Walter Gordon.
Edwards, Patricia B.
Stanford University--Buildings.
Stanford University--Students.
Tresidder, Donald Bertrand, 1894-1948
Photoprints
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Memorabilia 1903-1975

Box 1, Folder 1

Big Game programs 1906-1907

Box 1, Folder 2

Civil Engineering Alumni Directory 1926

Box 1, Folder 3

Daily Palo Alto, August, November, and December 1905

Box 1, Folder 4

Dance cards

Box 1, Folder 5

Earthquake reminiscences 1975

Box 1, Folder 6

Lyrics to prize-winning football songs post 1912

Box 1, Folder 7

Programs for various Stanford events 1903-1908

Box 1, Folder 8

Registration and study cards

Box 2

Membership Certificate, American Arbitration Association 1943

Box 5, Folder 3

Metal nameplate tag, M. C. Burr

Box 5, Folder 4

Ink well damaged in San Francisco fire 1906

Box 8

Cyanotype prints of Stanford scenes on one piece of silk [linen?]: Encina Hall, view of Memorial Church through Arches, Palm Drive, oblique view of Memorial Church, Memorial Arch, view down inner quad arcade, Roble Hall

Box 8

Earthquake relief items mounted on paper (previously framed): Red ribbon "Stanford Relief"; Cloth with a red cross sewn on it; Pass signed by E. E. Schmitz, mayor; Instructions to Deputies, Relief Committee "Stanford Corps"; Student Relief Pass-Card issued to M. C. Burr; Instructions for Water Patrol Messengers and pass issued to M. C. Burr, as part of the Water Committee

 

Series 2 Photographs 1903-1909

Box 1, Folder 9

Stanford scenes, includes dorm room scenes, excursion to "The Wunder" in Woodside, CA, campus buildings prior to the 1906 earthquake, ceremony at the laying of the last keystone in the outer Quad, club members on the porch of the Entrez Nous eating club, and male members of the Class of 1907 sitting on Encina steps circa 1903-1906

Box 1, Folder 10

Barbour, Le Roy W

Box 1, Folder 11

Bateman, William George

Box 1, Folder 12

Bell, Harry W.

Box 1, Folder 13

Bradley, F.

Box 1, Folder 14

Burr, Clyde R.

Box 1, Folder 15

Butterfield, Hayden Gearhart

Box 1, Folder 16

Campbell, Jesse Eugene

Box 1, Folder 17

Fitting, Harold H.

Box 1, Folder 18

Henley, Edward Vernon

Box 1, Folder 19

Irwin, Arthur M.

Box 1, Folder 20

Kip, Kathryn Romer (Mrs. Gerald A. Waring)

Box 1, Folder 21

McNeil, Warren Truett

Box 1, Folder 22

O'Neale, Josiah Philip

Box 1, Folder 23

Porter, Arthur M.

Box 1, Folder 24

Ross, Perley A.

Box 1, Folder 25

Taft, Harris W.

Box 1, Folder 26

Ward, Wendell W.

Box 1, Folder 27

Waring, Gerald Ashley

Box 1, Folder 28

Unidentified students

Box 1, Folder 29

Unidentified people, F. C. Dando photographer (Los Angeles)

Box 2

Photograph of Encina residents posed in front of Encina Hall [1911 Plug Ugly visible] circa 1909

Box 2

Photograph of Encina residents posed in front of Encina Hall [1910 Plug Ugly visible] (labeled ca. 1906 on reverse) circa 1908

Box 2

Photograph of Stanford Engineers, including Myron C. Burr (framed) 1907

Box 5, Folder 1

Photograph album of Myron C. Burr (SU scenes, student groups, Encina rooms, interior of Stanford power house, track events, football game, placing the last keystone in outer quad arcade, camping scenes (or possibly summer engineering job?), earthquake damage at SU) 1903-1906

Box 5, Folder 2

Photograph album of Walter C. Burr [no earthquake images] (SU images, other CA places, excursions with friends, several images of Stanford student Sekko Shimada, Pres. T. Roosevelt on train in PA station, loading brandy barrel onto railroad car at Vina Ranch, M. C. Burr in his Encina room, other views of Encina rooms, Stanford track images) [some images appear in both albums] circa 1903-1906

 

Series 3 Papers 1902-2006

Box 3, Folder 1

Biographical (career information)

Box 3, Folder 2

Business memorabilia

Box 3, Folder 3

Certificates 1919-1948

Box 3, Folder 4

Clippings (photocopied) re M. C. Burr 1936-1961

Box 3, Folder 5

Original newsprint

Box 3, Folder 17

Correspondence re donation of Stanford student hats, 2000-01

Box 3, Folder 18

Gladys Burr, notices re Stanford admission

Box 3, Folder 19

Box 3, Folder 20

Photos of M. C. Burr ca. 1903-14

Box 3, Folder 21

Photos, Burr Family

Box 3, Folder 22

Postcard correspondence, Stanford images 1906-13, 1941

Box 3, Folder 23

Postcards to Clyde Burr 1907-12

Box 3, Folder 24

Postcards to Myron C. Burr 1906-07

Box 3, Folder 25

Postcards to Mr. & Mrs. F. W. Burr

Box 3, Folder 26

Postcards to Gladys Burr and Laura M. Burr 1908, 1932

Box 3, Folder 27

Miscellaneous postcards

Box 3, Folder 28

School memorabilia, MCB

Box 3, Folder 29

Stanford diploma, MCB's B.A. 1907

Box 3, Folder 30

Stanford Football Songs 1906

Box 3, Folder 31

Turner, Maude E. – obituaries, photographs, and letter from Burr to his brother expressing his sorrow over her death 1907-1908

Box 6, Folder 1

Record book kept while working for Shell Oil, Martinez refinery 1916

Box 6, Folder 2

Calendar/Day book 1908-1913

Box 7

Scrapbook: clippings, articles, letters, brochures, pamphlets, and illustrations pertaining to Burr's career, Republican politics, flood control and water issues in LA area (especially terracing hillsides as flood control), history of Monrovia, CA, and family events. Also includes a brief letter from Herbert Hoover acknowledging receipt of Burr's pamphlet, 1933; photographs of Dalton Canyon, Dec. 8, 1934; and a blueprint "Sketch Plan of ditch location for Quesnelle Hydraulic Gold Mining Co. Burr & Fergusson, Engineers, Sept. 1909". 1918-1985 (1918-1942 bulk)

 

Typescripts of M. C. Burr's writings:

Box 4, Folder 1

Adventurer's Club

Box 4, Folder 2

Box 4, Folder 3

Along the Way 1953

Box 4, Folder 4

Box 4, Folder 5

Arrowhead My First Engineering Job

Box 4, Folder 6

Dance Hall Girl

Box 4, Folder 7

Danger Spots

Box 4, Folder 8

First Japanese Baseball Team [Stanford story]

Box 4, Folder 9

First Night at a Nevada Gambling Resort 1931, 1933

Box 4, Folder 10

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 0

Box 4, Folder 11

Greetings from One Columnist to Another 1967

Box 4, Folder 12

Box 4, Folder 13

"Little Wads" Sunday School Class 1974

Box 4, Folder 14

Mixed Pleasures of Frontier Travel 1913

Box 4, Folder 15

Murl Emory, Kingfish of the Colorado

Box 4, Folder 16

Negro Porter, A

Box 4, Folder 17

"O! Ho! A Collection of Poems" by Burr 1946

Box 4, Folder 18

An Old Grad Goes to the Game [Stanford story]

Box 4, Folder 19

Phil Harris (with cover letter) 1962

Box 4, Folder 20

Phil Sullivan

Box 4, Folder 21

Plan to Conserve Mountain Water by Terracing 0

Box 4, Folder 22

Poems by M. C. Burr

Box 4, Folder 23

Politics

Box 4, Folder 24

The Professor

Box 4, Folder 25

The Reverend

Box 4, Folder 26

San Francisco Fire and Earthquake, essay 1906

Box 4, Folder 27

San Quentin [Dr. Leo Stanley]

Box 4, Folder 28