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George Elbert Burr papers, 1885-1972

Burr, George Elbert, 1859-1939

Etcher, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 3.1 Linear feet, ca. 3500 items (on 4 microfilm reels)

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.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2978 thorugh 2981 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

George Elbert Burr papers, 1885-1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.