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John Burroughs Family Papers: The Elizabeth Burroughs Kelley Collection

John Burroughs Family Papers: The Elizabeth Burroughs Kelley Collection

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John Burroughs Family Papers: The Elizabeth Burroughs Kelley Collection

ca. 1844 - 1973

New York State Historical Association - Research Library
Special Collections
P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1470



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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-25T12:39-0500

Repository: New York State Historical Association - Research Library
Title: John Burroughs Family Papers: The Elizabeth Burroughs Kelley Collection
Dates: ca. 1844 - 1973
Quantity: 0.75 cubic feet + 1 oversize folder (OVS)
Funding Source:This collection was processed with funds provided by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation, Delhi, N.Y. The finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.
Identification: Coll. No. 439
Language: English

Scope and Content Note

Elizabeth Burroughs Kelley assembled this collection, which contains books owned by John Burroughs and his family (some with inscriptions), publications containing articles by or about John Burroughs, a Julian Burroughs account book (1892-1896), an account book concerned with grape shipments, an Edward Dorr McCarthy memorial book containing transcriptions of letters he wrote to John Burroughs, letters written to Burroughs by school children, souvenirs, 1858 papers on harness buckles involving Burroughs, two publications from schools named after Burroughs (1972-1973), newspaper articles, and a 1905 Harper's Weekly supplement about Mark Twain's 70th birthday celebration, attended by Burroughs.


Biographical/Historical Note

John Burroughs (1837-1921) was a writer and naturalist who was born and raised in the Catskill Mountain town of Roxbury, N.Y. While attending the Cooperstown Academy in Cooperstown, N.Y., he encountered the works of Samuel Johnson and Ralph Waldo Emerson and decided to become a writer. Burroughs published Catskill Mountain essays in Wake-Robin (1871) and achieved literary success. During his career he published many volumes dealing with nature. He lived at Riverby, a house he built at West Park, Ulster County, N.Y. where he worked as a writer and fruit farmer. Burroughs helped establish the nature essay as a literary genre and helped launch the first conservation movement in New York State.

Elizabeth Burroughs Kelley (1903-1999), Burroughs' granddaughter, was the daughter of his son Julian Burroughs. She wrote several books and pamphlets about her grandfather and worked tirelessly to promote his legacy. Her life's work was preserving her grandfather's legacy for future generations.


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NM-17.93


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