Fonds MS-2-175 - Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds

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Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds

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  • 1880-1946 (Creation)

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3 cm of textual records (13 folders)

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Lawrence Johnstone Burpee (1873–1946) was an historian, civil servant, librarian and writer. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Lewis Johnstone Burpee and Alice de Mill, sister of James De Mille. In 1899 he married Maud Hanington, with whom he had five children, Lawrence, Edward, Lewis, Ruth and Margaret.

Burpee was educated at home and at public and private schools. In 1890 he entered the Canadian civil service and served as private secretary to three successive ministers of justice. From 1905-1912 he was librarian of the Carnegie public library in Ottawa. From 1912 until his death, he was Canadian Secretary of the International Joint Commission.

Burpee published extensively in the areas of Canadian bibliography, geography and history. He died in Oxford, England, in 1946.

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Material received in 2 accessions in the 1970's, from Dr. R. E. Watters

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Fonds comprises correspondence regarding Burpee's geneological research into his uncle, James De Mille, research notes and secondary materials about De Mille, and two manuscripts by Burpee on De Mille.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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See James de Mille fonds (MS-2-21).

University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections, Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds;rad

Victoria University Library & Special Collections, Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds

National Archives of Canada, Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds

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No further accruals expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds, MS-2-175, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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