Title: Reverend Alexander Burr
Dates: ca. 1860-1900
Collection Number: Mss 10673
Quantity: 4 feet
Abstract: The papers include the Reverend Burr's biographical material, correspondence, financial and real estate papers, academic works, sermons and theological material, publications, photographs, and memorabilia.
Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the Reverend Alexander Burr Papers from Roberta Wells Rogers in April 1996.
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Alexander Burr, born to James Burr and Ann Duncan in Aberdeen, Scotland on May 14, 1830, was the eldest of twelve children. He was educated at Kings College University in Aberdeen with a degree in bursary. At the University of Glasgow he studied science for four years. He took theological training at Edinburgh, and at the University of Aberdeen where he earned the Master of Arts in Theology in 1859. After seven years as a city missionary in Glasgow he was ordained a minister of the gospel in 1865 by the United Presbyterian Ministry. In 1868 he became minister over the Pitrodie Congregation in Perthshire. He married Mary McLachlan in Belfast Ireland in November 1868. They had five children: Annie Duncan, Alexander George, Flora Cameron, Catherine Mary, and Elsie Duthie. He was sent, accompanied by his family, to serve as a missionary in the West Indies in 1872. His health caused him to leave the West Indies for Boston, Massachusetts where he refused a call to pastor a church because he wished to continue as a missionary. After some time in Ontario, Canada and Park River, ND, he arrived in Bottineau, ND in 1885 where he stayed until his death on May 5, 1897.
Box / Folder Inventory
1 Obituary: Rev. Alexander Burr 1897
2 In Memoriam: Rev. Alexander Burr, M.A. 1897
3 Obituary: Rev. Alexander Burr 1897
4 Obituary: Mary McLachlan Burr
5 Obituary: Catherine Mary Burr 1940
6 Correspondence; Dakota Territory
7 Correspondence: Misc.
8 Correspondence: Page 2, Rev. Burr ca. 1890
9 Empty Envelopes-Correspondence to Rev. Burr
10 Financial: Land
11 Financial: Land
12 Admission Tickets to Museum and Library
13 Cowcaddens Missionary Society/School
14 University of Glasgow-Alexander Burr 1860-1862
15 Publication: Arithmetic Book 1846
16 Notebook: Lecture, Mr. Logie, Glasgow 1859
17 Notebook: Lecture Notes, Edinburgh 1863
18 Notebook: Arithmetic Exercises
19 Notebook: Kings College 1858-1859
22 Theological Studies
23 Bible Class Logbook, Loose Material 1861-1862
24 Poetry by Rev. Alexander Burr
25 Teachers' Reports: Glasgow Sabbath School 1860
26 Sermons, Church-Related
1 Bibliography: Books of Rev. A. Burr
2 Publications: Misc. Religious
3 Publication: The City Lamps. Glasgow
4 Publications (damaged)
5 Page from The Presbyterian
6 Publication: Bible Verses, Psalter
7 United Presbyterian Hymnal
10 Hymnal (damaged)
11 Publication: The Presbyterian
12 Photos: Tintype
14 Photo Album: Mary M. Burr
15 Invitation to Robert Burns Anniversary Dinner
16 Newspaper clippings (Facsimilies) 1897
17 Newspaper clippings: Bottineau Pioneer 1895
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