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Letters, diary fragments, notes, manuscripts, and other material documenting Burr's boyhood in Newark Valley, New York, and his student days at Cortland Academy, at Cornell University, and at Leipzig University; his travels and activities in Europe collecting rare books and manuscripts for Cornell; his relationship with Andrew Dickson White; his relationships with other American and European scholars and his students; his work for the Venezuela-Guiana Boundary
Commission; and his interest in the American Historical Association, the Cornell Alumni Association, the Cornell Christian Association, the Hall of Fame at New York University, the Telluride Association, and in many other social and professional groups.
Correspondents include Lyman Abbott, Charles Kendall Adams, Roland H. Bainton, Carl Becker, Henry Bourne, James Bryce, John Burroughs, Anna and Henry Comstock, Reverend Robert Collyer, Leonard K. Elmhirst, Livingston Farrand, Max Farrand, Simon Henry Gage, Daniel Coit Gilman, Louis Gottschalk, Evarts B. Greene, Charles Gross, George Willam Harris, Albert Bushnell Hart, Charles Haskins, Ernest Huffcut, Charles Henry Hull, Edward M. Hulme, J. Franklin Jameson
(mainly having to do with the AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW), David Starr Jordan (extensive, quite impersonal), Louis C. Karpinski, Horace Kephart, Waldo G. Leland, John Bassett Moore, John R. Mott, David Saville Muzzey, Wallace Notestein, Cuthbert Pound, Herbert Putnam (Library of Congress), Jacob Gould Schurman, George H. Sabine, Goldwin Smith, Preserved Smith, H. Morse Stephens, Dorothy and Willard Straight, Alfred and Ernest Sze, Ida Tarbell, Frederick Jackson Turner,
Moses Coit Tyler, Hendrik Willem Van Loon (extensive and intimate), Oswald Garrison Villard, Booker T. Washington, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, Frederick White, Burt G. Wilder, and many others.
Letter, 1903, from Andrew Dickson White about his trip to Elba, with comments about Napoleon I, and fourteen postcards, some annotated, of scenes of Elba.