George Elbert Burr papers, 1885-1972

Burr, George Elbert, b. 1859 d. 1939
Printmaker, Etcher

Collection size: ca. 3500 items (on 4 microfilm reels).

Collection Summary: A family history; income tax records and miscellaneous documents; correspondence, 1885-1939, including letters to Burr family friends the Smurthwaites concerning Burr; clippings and articles; writings; printed material; a scrapbook containing drawings and reproductions of Burr's work; photos of Burr, his family, his studio, subjects, and travels; printed material and photos from an 1891 western tour with President Benjamin Harrison; picture postcards; business records from the Biltmore Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, and consignment records from Cyrus Boutwell, Denver, Colorado, and the Miller-Sterling Company, Phoenix, Arizona; exhibition catalogues and invitations; two publications illustrated by Burr; an etching, "Arizona Night"; and reproductions of Burr's work. Burr's palette and miscellaneous items have not been microfilmed.

Biographical/Historical Note: Printmaker and etcher; Phoenix, Ariz.

The donor, Carolann Smurthwaite, was a friend of Burr. Six sketchbooks by Burr are at the National Museum of American Art.

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