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Burroughs, John, 1837-1921

Guide to the Benét Family Papers, 1862-1970

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Benét Family Papers
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Correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, journals, business and legal documents and photographic prints relating the Benét Family’s personal, professional, and creative activity. A significant volume of the collection contains correspondence between family members, including letters to and from Stephen Vincent Benét and William Rose Benét. The collection includes manuscript drafts by Laura Benét, as well as some ephemera and printed material collected by the family.
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Guide to the Clara Barrus Papers, 1901-1931

Collection Title
Clara Barrus Papers
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Correspondence from John Burroughs to Clara Barrus and Barrus' journals, written from 1901 to 1924, spanning the years in which she was acquainted with Burroughs. Also, scraps of notes or published articles written about or by Barrus.
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Guide to the John Burroughs Papers, 1850-1991 (bulk 1860-1921)

Collection Title
John Burroughs Papers
Abstract
Includes 53 original Burroughs
journals as well as a typescript of the journals prepared by his granddaughter,
Elizabeth Burroughs Kelley, and another typescript prepared by his literary
executor, Dr. Clara Barrus. In addition, there are manuscripts, sketch books,
scrapbooks and correspondence, including letters to Burroughs from Edith Rickert,
Walt Whitman, and others; as well as letters by Burroughs to family, friends,
colleagues and readers. The bulk of the correspondence is to and from his wife
Ursula and son Julian, but other correspondents include Georgia Avery Kendrick,
Clara S. Reed, Minnie and Orlando Rouland, James M. Taylor, Mary W. Whitney, and
others. Also included are published and unpublished materials and photographs
relating to Burroughs.
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Guide to the Lloyd Peterson-John Burroughs Collection, approximately 1970-1990

Collection Title
Lloyd Peterson-John Burroughs Collection,
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Correspondence, photographs, and printed materials documenting Lloyd Peterson's scholarship on John Burroughs.
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Jeffrey Walker

Date
October 31, 2006
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Jeffrey R. Walker, Professor of Geology at Vassar College and editor of a new edition of the naturalist John Burroughs' book Signs & Seasons, talks about Burroughs, his life and work.

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John Burroughs and Vassar College students at Slabsides

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Date
1900-1911
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Copy photograph of John Burroughs and students at Slabsides. The students could be members of the Wake Robin Club

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John Burroughs Journal, 1876-1880

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1876-1880
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During the time period covered in this journal, Julian Burroughs was born (1878); Birds and Poets (1877) was published, as was Locusts and Wild Honey (1879). In addition to his regular comments on flora, fauna and weather, Burroughs also describes several visits with Walt Whitman and makes frequent

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John Burroughs Journal, 1880-1882

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Date
1880-1882
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The period in Burrough' s life covered in this journal includes the death of his mother, the assassination of President Garfield, the passing of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the death of his favorite dog. He includes his usual reports on weather and nature, but also muses frequently on life and death.

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John Burroughs Journal, 1883

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January-October 1883
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Subjects of particular note in this journal include Burroughs' visit with Walt Whitman on the New Jersey shore at Ocean Grove; as well as his thoughts about the writings of Charles Darwin, Thomas Carlyle, and Ralph Waldo Emerson

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John Burroughs Journal, 1883-1884

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1884
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This journal includes Burroughs' usual musings on nature as well as notes on authors he was reading, particularly Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson. There are also long passages about his father, who died in January 1884, accompanied by a brief family history.

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John Burroughs Journal, 1884

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1884
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The time period covered in this journal was a fairly quiet period for Burroughs. He makes frequent reference to the death of his father, and later in the journal discusses faith and his thoughts on prayer and the Bible.

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John Burroughs Journal, 1884-1885

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Date
1884-1885
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During the period covered in this journal, Burroughs published Fresh Fields (1885) and much of the journal relates to his writing and research. There is also a description of his visit with Walt Whitman in Philadelphia in December 1885.

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John Burroughs Journal, 1885-1886

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Date
1885-1886
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During the period covered in this journal, Burroughs published Fresh Fields (1885) and much of the journal relates to his writing and research. There is also a description of his visit with Walt Whitman in Philadelphia in December 1885.

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John Burroughs Journal, 1886

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1886
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During the period covered in this journal, Burroughs published Fresh Fields (1885) and much of the journal relates to his writing and research. There is also a description of his visit with Walt Whitman in Philadelphia in December 1885.

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John Burroughs Journal, 1886-1887 (September - January):

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Date
1886-1887
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Burroughs focuses most of his musings on religion in this journal.

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John Burroughs Journal, 1887 (January - June)

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January 11, 1887 - June 23, 1887
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John Burroughs Journal, 1887 (June - October)

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Date
1887 (June-October)
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In this brief journal, Burroughs describes a summer visit with Walt Whitman. He also reminisces about his first experiences away from home.

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John Burroughs Journal, 1887-1888

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Date
1887-1888
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John Burroughs Journal, 1888-1889

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Date
April 13, 1888 - March 4, 1889
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John Burroughs Journal, 1889 (March - July)

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March 5, 1889 - July 1, 1889
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