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Manuscripts by Subject - Religion - #10673

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.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

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Biographical Sketch

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

Box 1:
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           
20 Notebooks                      
21 Notebooks                      
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                            
27 Sermons                          
28 Sermons                          
29 Sermons                          
30 Sermons                          
31 Sermons                          
32 Sermons                          

Box 2:
1 Sermons                            
2 Sermons                            
3 Sermons                            
4 Sermons                            
5 Sermons                            
6 Sermons                            
7 Sermons                            
8 Sermons                            
9 Sermons                            
10 Sermons                          
11 Sermons                          
12 Sermons                          
13 Sermons                          
14 Sermons/Theological                   
15 Sermons/Theological                   
16 Sermons                          
17 Sermons                          

Box 3:
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                        
8 Music                
9 Hymnal                              
10 Hymnal (damaged)                       
11 Publication: The Presbyterian                   
12 Photos: Tintype                             
13 Photos                             
14 Photo Album: Mary M. Burr                        
15 Invitation to Robert Burns Anniversary Dinner                      
16 Newspaper clippings (Facsimilies)           1897      
17 Newspaper clippings: Bottineau Pioneer  1895     
18 Ephemera                       
19 Ephemera                       
20 Cameron Tartan                            

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