John and Ruth Burgess Collection

Ruth and John Burgess in her New York studio
Ruth Payne Burgess and John W. Burgess in New York studio

John & Ruth Burgess Collection, circa 1868-1934 (bulk dates 1890-1934)



Abstract


The Burgess Collection contains letters and papers from Prof. John William Burgess and his second wife Ruth Payne Burgess, as well as a large amount of Ruth Payne Burgess's artwork.  Some photographs, scrapbooks, new clippings and other ephemera are also included.

Biographical Note



John William Burgess, American Educator, 1844-1931

John William Burgess, son of Thomas and Mary Edwards Burgess, was born in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee on August 26, 1844.  He attended Cumberland University in Tennessee from 1860-61 before joining the Union Army.  In 1864 he began studying at Amherst College, graduating in 1867.  In 1869 he became a member of the Massachusetts Bar and also married Augusta Thayer Jones, sister of the benefactor of this library.  Augusta Burgess died in 1884 and Burgess married Ruth Payne Jewett, a cousin of Augusta, a year later.  They had one child, Elisha Payne Jewett Burgess.  John William Burgess died in Brookline, Massachusetts, on January 13, 1931.

Between 1869 and 1876, Burgess taught at Knox College in Illinois, studied in German universities, and taught history and law at Amherst College.  He began to teach constitutional law at Columbia College in 1876, beginning a relationship with that institution that would last nearly forty years.  In 1880 Burgess, with the assistance of colleagues, established the School of Political Science at Columbia, which was Columbia's first graduate school and the first collegiate Political Science department in the United States.  Under Burgess's tenure Columbia organized the Academy of Political Science, which in 1886 began publishing the scholarly journal Political Science Quarterly.  He was named Dean of the School of Political Science in 1890, a position he retained until his retirement in 1912.

In 1906-07 Burgess was the first Theodore Roosevelt Professor of American History and Institutions at Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin, Germany.  This high honor help re-establish old ties with German scholars and politicians.  He was teaching in an Austrian university when the First World War began.  As a German sympathizer, Burgess was scorned and attacked by many in the United States.  He retired to Newport, Rhode Island, and spent the remainder of his life writing and lecturing.  He was the author of many important studies of American political history and constitutional law.

Ruth Payne Burgess, American Artists, 1865-1934

Ruth Payne Jewett Burgess, daughter of Elisha Payne and Julia Kellogg Field, was born in Montpelier, Vermont on October 11, 1865.  She was educated at the Burnham School in Northampton, Massachusetts.  At the Art Students' League in New York City as well as in Germany and Italy, Burgess pursued her passion for art.  In 1885 she married John William Burgess, a political science professor at Columbia University.  The couple had one son, Elisha.  After opening an art studio in New York, Burgess became known for her works in oils and watercolors.  Portraiture, still lifes, and landscapes were her preferred subjects.  She later moved her studio to Newport, Rhode Island where she died on March 11, 1934.

Ruth Payne Jewett's great-aunt was Mary Hubbard Field French Jones, the mother of Samuel Minot and Augusta Thayer Jones.  Ruth's great-uncle was Roswell Field, a lawyer famous for his representation of Dred Scott.  One of Roswell's sons was American writer Eugene Field.

Scope and Content



The bulk of the collection consists of the personal correspondence of John William Burgess, Ruth Payne Burgess, and Ruth Payne Burgess's artwork.

Extent

22 linear feet
(18 manuscript boxes, 2 oversized boxes, 3 folders in a map case)

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Provenance​



The Burgess Collection was bequeathed to this library from the estate of Ruth Payne Burgess in 1935.

Preferred Citation

John & Ruth Burgess Collection, Special Collections, Jones Library, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Processing information



The John William Burgess and Burgess Family Papers were processed by Katherine Whitcomb in 2017.  The Ruth Payne Burgess Papers were processed by Stephanie Pellegrino in 2016.

Related Materials

Columbia University holds a large collection from the Burgess family.  Amherst College also has a few items from John William Burgess.

Digital items can be found at Digital Amherst

Arrangement

The collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1. John William Burgess Papers
Series 2. Ruth Payne Burgess Papers
Series 3. Burgess Family Papers
Series 1 & 2 are arranged into folders alphabetically by topic and then chronologically within each folder.  In Series 3 the items are arranged into folders alphabetically by topic or writer, then chronologically within each folder.

Language


The material is primarily in English and German, with a few items in French, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Dutch.

Series Descriptions



Series 1: John William Burgess Papers (circa 1868-1931)

This series includes the personal and professional correspondence of John William Burgess.  Letters from Nicholas Murray Butler, President of Columbia University, Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, the German Imperial family, and other notable persons are included.  Copies of articles, lectures, and speeches written by Burgess are also to be found.  Topics include international and domestic politics, World War I, and Burgess's writings, along with family and household matters.  The series also includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera.  This series is arranged into folders alphabetically by topic and then chronologically within each folder.

Series 2: Ruth Payne Burgess Papers (1871-1935)


This series includes the personal and professional correspondence of Ruth Payne Burgess.  Letters from Nicholas Murray Butler, Varina Jefferson Davis, widow of the President of the Confederate States of America, and from contemporary artists and collectors are included.  There are a number of letters from the German Imperial household in exile at Doorn, The Netherlands.  Topics include social engagements, family matters, and details of everyday life.  Travel adventures and conditions (Europe pre & post-World War I, Japan, and North Africa) are mentioned.  Letters regarding the history and genealogy of the Jewett and Burgess families are common.  Letters of her estate planning and settlement are included.  This series also contains Burgess's art in the form of sketches, sketchbooks, music composition, short stories, and poetry. 

An index of the correspondence received by Ruth Payne Burgess is available. 

Series 3: Burgess Family Papers (1879-1983)

This series includes letters from Elisha Payne Jewett Burgess (son), Ruth Payne Burgess II and Jeanette Field Burgess (granddaughters), and a few old photographs, as well as an inventory of the Burgess Collection held by Columbia University.  In this series, the items are arranged into folders alphabetically by topic or writer, then chronologically within each folder.

Detailed Inventory


Series 1: John William Burgess Papers


Box Folder Title/Description Date
1
1 Article on Amherst College
Includes typed copy and 3 copies reprinted in pamphlet form.
1927
1
2 Bills & Receipts
Household and personal bills. Some in German.  Undertaker's Certificate for John William Burgess.
various
1
3 Biography
Biographical and genealogical information.
undated
1
4 Book (FRAGILE)
Book written in Chinese.  Covers have separated from the binding.
undated
1
5 Calling Cards
For JWB and others.
undated
2 1 Correspondence Calendar
List of selected correspondence including title, type, condition, & date of document, and a brief description of the contents.
various
2
2 Correspondence, 1869-1889
Letters and notes to JWB including several from a cousin and a  handwritten note from Theodore Roosevelt.  Receipt in German. 
1868-1889
2 3 Correspondence, 1890-1899
Letters and notes to JWB. Topics include recent publications, Amherst College, and the death of his father-in-law.  Notes from V. Jefferson Davis, Thomas W. Wood [American painter], and Theodore Roosevelt.
1890-1899
2
4 Correspondence, 1900-1904
Letters and notes to and from JWB. Topics include paintings done by Ruth Payne Burgess and Thomas Wood.  One letter in German.
1900-1904
2
5
Correspondence, 1905
Letters and notes to JWB, many regarding his appointment as the first Theodore Roosevelt Professor of American History and Institutions at Freidrich Wilhelm University, Berlin.
1905
2
6 Correspondence, 1906
Most letters are in German, many are requests for lectures.  A letter from President Theodore Roosevelt.  Notes on behalf of the German Imperial family.
1906
2
7
Correspondence, 1907
Includes notes from Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia (written in English) and official notification of JWB being awarded Prussia's 'Order of the Crown' medal.  Most letters in German.
1907
2
8
Correspondence, 1908
Includes notes from Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia and Columbia University.  Some letters in German.
1908
2
9
Correspondence, 1909
Includes notes from Columbia University and on behalf of the Kaiser.  Many letters in German.
1909
2
10
Correspondence, 1910
Letters to JWB.  Topics include Columbia University.  Notes written on behalf of the Kaiser.  Many letters in German.
1910
2
11
Correspondence, 1911
Letters to JWB.  Topics include Columbia University and the Burgess's purchase of a house in Newport, R.I.  Note written on behalf of the Kaiser.  A few letters in German.
1911
3
1
Correspondence, 1912
Includes many letters from Nicholas Murray Butler (President of Columbia University).  Notes written on behalf of the Kaiser.  A few letters in German.
1912
3
2
Correspondence, 1913
Includes letters from Columbia University and William Howard Taft.  Some letters in German.
1913
3
3 Correspondence, January - June 1914
Many letters from Columbia University.  A few letters in German.
Jan-June 1914
3
4 Correspondence, July-December 1914
Includes letters from Columbia University and replies/responses to newspaper editorials written by JWB.  A few letters in German.
July-Dec 1914 
3
5 Correspondence, January-June 1915
Many letters regarding Columbia University, as well as Burgess's writings.  A few in German.
Jan-June 1915
3
6 Correspondence, July-December 1915
Includes letters from various politicians, Kenyon College (Ohio), and Nicholas Murray Butler (Columbia University).
July-Dec 1915
3
7
Correspondence, January-June 1916
Includes letters from Nicholas Murray Butler and the 'American Relief Committee in Berlin for Widows and Orphans of the War' (JWB was a member).
Jan-June 1916
3
8 Correspondence, July-December 1916
Includes letters from William Howard Taft.
July-Dec 1916
3
9 Correspondence, 1917
Includes letters from Nicholas Butler.  One letter in Spanish.
1917
3
10 Correspondence, 1918
Includes several vitriolic responses to his pro-German writings and letters from US Attorney Francis Caffey regarding the Edward A. Rumely case.
1918
3
11 Correspondence, 1919
Letters to JWB.
1919
4 1
Correspondence, 1920
Includes several from Nicholas Butler and one from Calvin Coolidge.  A few letters in German.
1920
4
2
Correspondence, 1921
Includes letters from Nicholas Butler, William Howard Taft, and some written on behalf of the German Imperial family in exile.  Several in German, one in Spanish.
1921
4
3 Correspondence, January-June 1922
Letters to JWB.
Jan-June 1922
4
4 Correspondence, July-December 1922
Includes letters form Nicholas Butler and Prince August Wilhelm.  A few in German.
July-Dec 1922
4
5 Correspondence, 1923
Includes letters from Nicholas Butler.  Some in German.
1923
4
6 Correspondence, 1924
Includes letters from Nicholas Butler, the German Imperial family, and congratulations on JWB's 80th birthday.  Some letters in German.
1924
4
7 Correspondence, 1925
Includes letters a from Nicholas Butler and letters and picture postcards from the German Imperial family.  Some in German.
1925
4
8 Correspondence, 1926
Includes letters from Nicholas Butler, the German Imperial family, and Columbia University.  A few in German.
1926
5 1 Correspondence, 1927
Includes letters from Nicholas Butler and Prince August Wilhelm.  Many letters regarding JWB's book The Sanctity of the Law.
1927
5
2
Correspondence, January-June 1928
Includes letters about The Sanctity of the Law and a note from Prince August Wilhelm.  Some letters in German.
Jan-June 1928
5
3
Correspondence, July-December 1928
Includes several letters from Jones Library.  A few letters in German.
July-Dec 1928
5
4
Correspondence, January-June 1929
Includes a note signed by Wilhelm II.  Many letters in German.
Jan-June 1929
5
5
Correspondence, July-December 1929
Includes several letters from Nicholas Butler.  Some letters in German.
July-Dec 1929
5
6
Correspondence, January-June 1930
Includes letters from August Wilhelm, Calvin Coolidge, Nicholas Butler, and Hermine (second wife of Wilhelm II).
Jan-June 1930
5
7
Correspondence, July 1930-January 1931
includes two letters from Hermine and several regarding the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the School of Political Science at Columbia University.
July 1930-Jan 1931
5
8
Correspondence, undated (circa. 1912-1918)
Letters to JWB.
undated (c. 1912-18)
5
9
Correspondence, undated
Letters to and from JWB.  Some in German.
undated
6
1
Envelopes from European correspondence
various
6
2
Envelopes from German Imperial family correspondence
various
6
3
Envelopes from United States correspondence
various
OV1 
1 Honors and Awards
Include several certificates in German (one signed by Wilhelm II), resolutions adopted by Columbia University upon JWB's retirement, and JWB's New England Historic Genealogical Society's 'Pilgrim Tercentenary' membership
1907-1932 (bulk 1907-08)
Map Drawer
1 Honors and Awards
Includes and Honorary Degree from Columbia University.
various
6
4 Insurance
Life and fire insurance policies
1926-1932
6
5 Invitations
Invitations to join various groups including the Audubon Society.
various, some undated
6

Invitations (Germany)
Invitations to dinners, concerts, and a Royal Ball.
1906-1910
6
7 Invitations (United States)
Invitations and programs for dinners and events.  Includes tickets and a ball program for the 1889 Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington.
1880-1898
6
8 Invitations (United States)
Invitations and programs for dinners and meetings with heads of state, dignitaries, and others.  Includes invitations to the opening of the New York Public Library on 42nd St. and the installation of Nicholas Murray Butler as President of Columbia University.
1900s
7 1
Medal and Seal
Medal is to commemorate JWB's term as President of the Germanistic Society of America, from 1907-09; seal is German.
undated
7
2 Miscellaneous Papers
Include a recipe for squash pudding, a poem about being a janitor, and a few articles in German.
various
7
3 Montpelier Library
Article about JWB's involvement in the founding of Montpelier, VT's  public library
Feb 1978
7
4 New York Residence
Letters and notes regarding JWB's house at 323 West 57th St., New York City
1912-1929
 7  5  Newspaper Articles and Writings-Europe various
 6  Newspaper Articles and Writings-United States
Includes New York Times article about JWB's death
various
 7  7  Photographs, European
Five photographs and one postcard
 undated
 OV1 2  Photographs, European
Two large photographs of maps of Belgium, with German commentary.  Translated into English.
 1909
 7  8  Photographs, German
Postcards and photographs, including images of Kaiser Wilhelm II, his wife, Augusta Victoria, their children, and their residence in the Netherlands, House Doorn.
 undated
 OV1 3  Photographs, German
Includes photos of German Imperial Family, some signed. 
 1907, 1924-1926
 7 9  Photographs, Personal
Photographs of JWB, RPB, their son Jewett, their residences, and some unidentified people.
 undated
OV1
4 Photographs, Personal
Some interior shots labeled “New York Residence”.  A few of JWB.
undated
8 1 Prayer Book
Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.  Inscription in front reads, "To my dear friend John W. Burgess with a 'love that never fails' from Mrs. Jefferson Davis.
undated
8 2 Samuel Minot Jones
Original handwritten and typed copies of JWB's writings about Samuel Minot Jones, founder of Jones Library.
c. 1928
8 3 Scrapbook (FRAGILE)
Inscription on inside cover reads, "John William Burgess, New York City; Memorabilia of the Establishment and first incumbency of the Theodore Roosevelt Professorship of American History and Institution in the Friedrich Wilhelm University of Berlin, Germany".  Contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, postcards.
1905-1907
8
4 Speech
Bound published copy of JWB's first address as holder of the Roosevelt Professorship.  In German.
Oct 27, 1906
8
5 Speeches
Drafts of various speeches.  One in French.
various
8
6 Writings
Copy of a pamphlet quoting JWB's writings.
1962

Series 2: Ruth Payne Burgess Papers

Box Folder Title/Description Date
OV2 1 Art -Blueprints & drawings
1931


Several sets for Burgess Memorial in Amherst

OV2 2 Art-Crayon Sketch October 1897


Nude woman holding candle in left hand
OV2 3 Art- Crayon Sketch October 1897


Seated nude in profile
OV2 4 Art-Crayon Sketch January 1898


Seated woman holding book
OV2 5 Art-Crayon Sketch March 19th 1897


Veiled woman in prayer pose
OV2 6 Art-Crayon Sketch October 7th 1897


Woman smiling
OV2 7 Art-Crayon Sketch 1897


Woman with chin resting in hand
OV2 8 Art-Crayon Sketch 1915


Young man
OV2 9 Art-Crayon Sketch March 1897


Young nude seated
OV2 10 Art-Ink Sketch February 8th 1895


Woman in rocking chair
OV2 11 Art-Oil? 1922


Annette Louise Curnan Burgess
OV2 12 Art-Oriental Prints undated


12 Black and White and one color
OV2 13 Art-Pencil Sketch March 14th 1895


Backside of nude woman
OV2 14 Art-Pencil Sketch March 29th, 1895


Bare breasted woman
OV2 15 Art-Pencil Sketch September 1896


Bearded man in chair with cane
OV2 16 Art-Pencil Sketch undated


Man with hat and mustache
OV2 17 Art-Pencil Sketch February 28th 1895


Nude woman seated
OV2 18 Art-Pencil Sketch February 20th 1895


Pensive young woman
OV2 19 Art-Pencil Sketch July 26th 1894


Reed House
OV2 20 Art-Pencil Sketch February 28th 1906


Woman in profile
OV2 21 Art-Pencil Sketch September 1896


Woman rocking in chair
OV2 22 Art-Pencil Sketches undated


Woman in profile with hat and flower in hair
Young woman in chair with ringlet study

OV2 23 Art-Pencil Sketch October 28th 1897


Study of a man with turban
OV2 24 Art-Watercolor undated


Coolidge Country
Folder contains loose label

OV2 25 Art-Watercolor undated


Coolidge Country, VT #698
OV2 26 Art-Watercolor undated


Old Farm, Stove #171
OV2 27 Art-Watercolor 1930


Old NY Houses #169
OV2 28 Art-Watercolor 1926


Plymouth, VT #167
OV2 29 Art-Watercolor March 2nd


Two stacked books
OV2 30 Art-Watercolor 1893


Young woman in green chair
Map Drawer 2 Ruth Burgess Art-Watercolor 1893


Tea Pot, Cups & Flowers
Map Drawer 3 Ruth Burgess Art-Watercolor 1902


Enthroned woman holding flowers & vase
9 1 Art – Ink Sketch 1898


Quebec
9 2 Art –Pencil Sketch 1902


Tour de Peliz
9 3 Art – Pencil Sketch Undated


Woman with Mandolin
9 4 Art Exhibition Materials 1924-1931, Undated, 1979, 1984


Includes newspaper clipping reviewing National Arts Club exhibit, 2 undated Milch Gallery announcements, announcements for Arlington Gallery and Montross Gallery, exhibition ticket for National Academy of Design, Columbia University Exhibit, Boothbay Harbor book of sketches by Philip Kappel, autographed by Philip Kappel to RPB, letter regarding Lenore Biedenbach’s research & the completed paper, Of Town and River Art of Springfield’s First Golden Age exhibition booklet. 
9 5 Biography 1923-1934, 1982


Includes English Paper by Erin McDonald on the Letters of RPB, an eleven-page typed transcription of letters written & received by RPB, and transcribed newspaper clippings.
9 6 Business Correspondence 1893-1931


Includes typed lease for the American Fine Arts Society and the Art Students’ League of New York. Various household receipts, tax return draft, annual statements, and insurance folder with maps.
9 7 Correspondence Calendar c. 1915-1930


List of partially dated, undated or dated correspondence including Title, type of document, condition of document, date of document & brief description.
9 8 Correspondence 1871-1889


Letters and notes to and from RPB. 
9 9 Correspondence 1890-1891


Letters and notes to RPB including sympathy notes on mother’s death.


Includes admittance ticket to Metropolitan Opera House. 
9 10 Correspondence 1892-1893


Letters and notes to RPB. Topics include friendship and fashion/summer in NY. 
9 11 Correspondence 1894-1895


Letters and notes to and from RPB including sympathy notes for father’s death. Letters regarding genealogy and an invitation that appears to be in French. 
9 12 Correspondence 1896-1897


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes evening program from Buckingham Palace. 
9 13 Correspondence 1898-1899


Letters and notes to RPB including several from Varina Jefferson Davis. Talent and beautiful miniatures are mentioned.
9 14 Correspondence 1900-1901


Letters and notes to RPB including some from V. Jefferson Davis. 
9 15 Correspondence 1902-1903


Letters and notes to RPB. Success of RPB’s portrait of Mrs. Loomis mentioned.  Letter of permission from the Royal Gallery (Germany).
9 16 Correspondence 1904-1905


Letter and notes to RPB demonstrating admiration for her work at Boston Art Club, Woman’s Art Club, & the Barnard Club. Documents sale of pictures to Charles Crump (of Shreve Crump, & Lowe) and Mr. Flagg.
10 1 Correspondence 1906


Letters and notes to RPB. Mentions sale of Portrait of Mrs Wallace & Adoration. Includes an invitation or admittance ticket for JWB written in German.
10 2 Correspondence 1907


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes note of praise of RPB’s painting, some notes written in German, and a note written on behalf of Her Majesty the Empress.
10 3 Correspondence 1908


Letters and notes to RPB including one from President’s Room at Columbia University, some written on behalf of Her Majesty the Empress, a letter and two postcards written in German & a postcard picture of Prinz August Wilhelm and a woman.
10 4 Correspondence 1909


Letters and notes to RPB including a photograph of two women, a telegraph, and invitation all with German writing. Also, a thank you note from Board of Trustees at Columbia University to RPB for the portrait of Dr Althoff (Ministerial Director of Education)
10 5 Correspondence 1910


Letters and notes to RPB including thank you note from Her Majesty the Empress, a thank you note from Vermont Historical Society for portraits of Mr. William and Mr. Dorr Bradley. Lifetime member of the Art Students League letter. Numerous letters written in German.
10 6 Correspondence 1911 Jan -Jun


Letters and notes to RPB including some written on behalf of Emperor and Empress, a photo postcard of Unser Kaiser and son Enkel, and several letters written in German. Also a postcard from Admiralty House of Vittoriosa Malta.
10 7 Correspondence 1911 Jul-Dec


Letters and notes to RPB including a photo postcard of Prinz Wilhelm & Louis Ferdinand, several postcards (from Tunisia, Italy, Rome, & Cassel) and notes written on behalf of Emperor and Empress. Several letters written in German. Portraits are also mentioned. 
10 8 Correspondence 1912


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes notes written on behalf of Her Empress. Some letters in German. Also a Postkarte that may have some Russian writing.
10 9 Correspondence 1913


Letters and notes to RPB including several in German, New Years’ greetings in Italian, a note written on behalf of Her Empress, a note written on behalf of his Royal Highness. Success of RPB’s NY exhibit also mentioned.
11 1 Correspondence 1914 Jan -Jun


Letters and notes to RPB including thank you written on behalf of Emperor/Empress. Includes postcard of Wilhelm in Berlin tucked into a bound booklet of photos of children (written in German).
11 2 Correspondence 1914 Jul - Dec


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes mentions of beautiful works of Art, a few notes in German, and notes written on behalf of Her Majesty the Empress.
11 3 Correspondence 1915 Jan - Jun


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes a couple of letters in German and postcard of Professor Schadow, of Governor’s Mansion in Albany NY.
11 4 Correspondence 1915 Jul- Dec


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes photo postcards, one with German writing, & a newspaper clipping.
11 5 Correspondence 1916 Jan - Jun


Letters and notes to RPB, JWB & RPB. 
11 6 Correspondence 1916 Jul -Dec


Letters and notes to RPB, JWB & RPB. Includes Xmas greetings and thank you notes.
11 7 Correspondence 1917 Jan -Jun


Letters and notes to RPB, JWB & RPB, & JWB. References RPB’s appendicitis. Includes photo postcard of St George in Russian.
11 8 Correspondence 1917 Jul -Dec


Letters and notes to RPB & JWB& RPB as well as a copy of letter written by RPB to Josephine.
11 9 Correspondence 1918


Letters and notes to RPB and JWB & RPB. Includes a note written in French.
12 1 Correspondence 1919


Letters and notes to RPB as well as letter from RPB to General March.
12 2 Correspondence 1920


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes one letter from RPB to Prof. Van Dyke. Also includes a postcard from CT and a postcard announcement from Gardone Riviera written in German.
12 3 Correspondence 1921


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes some letters in German, a postcard in German sent on behalf of Her Majesty the Empress, & a postcard in Dutch and German.
12 4 Correspondence 1922-1923


Letters and notes to RPB. One letter written in German on behalf of Her Majesty the Empress.
12 5 Correspondence 1924


Letters and notes to RPB.
12 6 Correspondence 1925


Letters and notes to RPB.




12 7 Correspondence 1926


Letters and notes to RPB.




12 8 Correspondence 1927


Letters and notes to RPB, to JWB & RPB, & JWB. Includes letter from President Butler.
12 9 Correspondence 1928


Letters and notes to RPB and a letter from RPB to President Butler (Columbia University). Two letters from President Butler included.
12 10 Correspondence 1929


Letters and notes to RPB includes letter from President Butler (Columbia University) and a photo postcard of Prinz Alexander Ferdinand signed by August Wilhelm.
12 11 Correspondence 1930


Letters and notes to RPB include two letters from President Butler (Columbia University).
12 12 Correspondence 1931 Jan - Jun


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes several from President Butler (Columbia University). Also hardbound Telegram written in German, signed by August Wilhelm.
13 1 Correspondence 1931 Jul - Dec


Letters and notes to RPB including letters from President Butler (Columbia University) as well as a printed telegram written in German & signed by Wilhelm.
13 2 Correspondence 1932 Jan - June


Letters and notes to RPB including letters from President Butler (Columbia University).
13 3 Correspondence 1932 Jul- Dec


Letters and notes to RPB include several from President Butler of Columbia University. Also a small photo booklet with swastika and printed words. Also a religious postcard with handwritten note signed by August Wilhelm.
13 4 Correspondence 1933-1934


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes letters from Irving Wiles [American Artist], several from President Butler of Columbia University, assorted photo postcards and a photo of August Wilhelm with signature.
13 5 Correspondence Undated A 1890-1910


Letters and notes to RPB includes letter from George de Forest Brush [American Painter], several from Varina Jefferson Davis, and a letter to Mr. Wood [RPB’s art teacher] by unidentified author.
13 6 Correspondence Undated B 1890-1910


Letters and notes to RPB include mention of Conrad Dreher [German stage actor].
13 7 Correspondence Undated Pre 1900


Letters and notes to RPB include several from V. Jefferson Davis and a note written in German.
13 8 Correspondence Undated A 1905-1911


Letters and notes to RPB include several from V. Jefferson Davis and a note written in German. A stamped postcard from Italy is included.
13 9 Correspondence Undated B 1905-1911


Letters and notes to RPB include a letter written on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor. Also a stamped postcard from Tunis and another stamped postcard from Biskra. Two letters mention Jewett, his marriage & child.
13 10 Correspondence Undated 1912-1916


Letters and notes to RPB and one to both JWB & RPB. Includes letters from William Whitmore [American artist] & a note from Alva Vanderbilt.
14 1 Correspondence Undated A 1912-1916


Letters and notes to RPB include letters from Maud Howe Elliot [American writer].
14 2 Correspondence Undated B 1912-1916


Letters and notes to RPB include letters from Lois Cassatt (sister-in-law of Mary Cassatt), Emma Auchincloss, Cornelius Rubner (Music Professor, Columbia University) and American Ambassador Hines.
14 3 Correspondence Undated A 1915-1919


Letters and notes to RPB include notes from Gov. David Walsh of MA & Ellen Vanderbilt. Stamped postcard of Hofkirche Innsbruck and postcard-sized printed notecard from Rome.
14 4 Correspondence Undated B 1915-1919


Letters and notes to RPB includes unstamped postcard of Valkenburg. Postcard sized note with drawing by Professor Rubner.
14 5 Correspondence Undated C 1915-1919


Letters and notes to RPB include notes from Prof Rubner, unstamped postcard of Beacon Hill House RI, photo postcard of Greenbrier Hotel in W.Va, a note from William Cotton [American portraitist] & Maude Fay [American Operatic Soprano]. Note from William Whittemore [artist]. Also a note in French and an unsigned homemade Valentines’ Day card. Some letters mention Jewett.
14 6 Correspondence Undated 1915-1919


Letters and notes to RPB, JWB & RPB, to ‘my children’, a letter in German, an unstamped postcard from Marconi Station, Chatham MA, a Japanese postcard & a pressed flower.
15 1 Correspondence Undated 1917-1918


Letters and notes to RPB.
15 2 Correspondence Undated A 1921-1930


Letters and notes to RPB and JWB & RPB. Includes note from Rena Tucker Magee [American artist], an unstamped postcard from British Isles, and a letter from Annette Burgess [daughter-in-law].
15 3 Correspondence Undated B 1921-1930


Letters and notes to RPB and a letter to Mrs. Moore. Includes a note from Alethea Platt [artist], an unstamped postcard from Geneva, reference to the 175th anniversary of Columbia University. A letter with a wax stamp with Hebrew writing & a letter with a maple seed attached to it.
15 4 Correspondence Undated 1930-1932


Letters and notes to RPB. Includes note from Gladys Wiles Jepson [artist], a pamphlet from Jones Library Amherst MA signed by librarian, & a note card with dried flowers from Jerusalem attached.
15 5 Correspondence Undated


Assorted notecards & booklet style notes, one with a pop up feature. Includes note from President Butler (Columbia University) & a small hand painted sheet of paper.
15 6 Diary of Thomas Waterman Wood, 1901 1901


Brown leather bound diary
15 7 Estate settlement A 1934-1935,


Appraisals & inventory lists of RPB estate and JWB estate, Haley inventory lists from Jones Library & Amherst College, numerous copies of pages from will of RPB, notes and numbers written on scrap paper, a typed letter regarding the ashes of RPB. 1971
15 8 Estate settlement B 1933-1935


Newspaper clippings about Jewett’s inheritance, clipping about estate bequeaths, letters regarding Jones Library, inventory lists of property of RPB, Amherst College Sale Days inventory list, copy of will of RPB, attorney letters, and tally sheets.
15 9 Exhibition Record 1927-1930


Small brown bound book with entries of exhibitions in RPB’s handwriting.

10 Ruth Burgess, Letters to 1884-1893
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Contains two handwritten letters to RPB. One from Julia Field [grandmother] & one from cousin in Chicago.
15 11 Music 1926


Includes Copyright & 2 copies of words & music of Remembrance by Ruth Payne Burgess.
16 1 Photographs of Artwork Undated & 1921


Contains Ektkachrome slide of painting of Elisha Payne Jewett, photograph of painting of Wilhelm, & photograph of May It Please the Court & photograph of sketch of Woman smiling, photograph of Mrs C. Biesel by Sargent Kendall, & photograph of Mrs C. Biesel by RPB.
16 2 Poetry 1884, 1911, Undated


Several poems & stories handwritten. Two signed by Ruth Payne Jewett, one signed R.P. Burgess, others unsigned.
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Scrapbook
16 3 Sketchbooks 1893 & Undated


Contains two sketchbooks, both signed by RPB
16 4 Springfield’s First Golden Era 1979-1980


Includes Of Town and River Exhibition Booklet, correspondence between Jones Library & Curator of Smith Art Museum, Springfield, copies of newspaper clippings about the exhibit.
16 5 Ruth Burgess Visitor Cards 1915 & Undated


Assorted visitor cards

Series 3: Burgess Family Papers

 Box Folder Title/Description Date
16 6 Burgess, Augusta Thayer – Postcard 1879


A postcard sent to ATB from Amherst, MA, signed W.G.J.
16 7 Burgess, Elisha Payne Jewett – Letters 1917-1932, others undated


Letters to and from EPJB, mostly written to his parents.
16 8 Burgess, Elisha Payne Jewett – Misc. Newspaper articles 1934, one sketch 1901


Several newspaper articles about Elisha’s arrest at his mother’s funeral.  Also two sketches.
16 9 Burgess, John & Ruth - Correspondence 1913- 1930


Twenty eight personal letters between John & Ruth Burgess [RPB]. Topics include health, the war, social events.
16 10 Burgess, John & Ruth - Scrapbook Undated


Album from RPB with newspaper clippings of poems, stories, wedding announcements, obituaries, weather reports, family announcements
16 11 Burgess, Ruth Payne II – Correspondence 1940-1983 (bulk 1982-83), some undated


Letters from both Ruth and her sister Jeanette.  Several to Jones Library.
16 12 Burgess Family – Encased Photographs Undated


Two photographs of unidentified people.
16 13 Burgess Family – Genealogy Undated


Prints, photographs, and some family information.
16 14 Burgess Family – Papers – Columbia University 1985


A list of items in the Burgess Collection at Columbia University.