Fonds MS-2-175 - Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds

Postcard of Mr. King at Sheffield Congregational Church Letter to Lawrence J. Burpee from Gordon C. Warren Letter to Gordon C. Warren from Lawrence J. Burpee James De Mille : [manuscript] / by Lawrence J. Burpee

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Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds

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4 cm of textual records (14 folders) ; 7 photographs

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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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Fonds acquired in two accessions in the 1970s (accessions 1972-046 and 1979-041).

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Fonds includes Lawrence Johnstone Burpee's correspondence and personal papers regarding his uncle, James De Mille, spanning from 1880 to 1946. Personal papers include lecture notes, a manuscript, and various secondary sources about De Mille.

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

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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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