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Collection Scope and Content Note


Included is a diary of journey from Washington, DC, to Utah Territory in 1855 in which Burr describes the steamboat trip, life on the trail, the appearance of the land, Indians, and horse thieves. There are also letters written from Utah (1858-1864) discussing details of the conflict between the Mormons and the U.S. government, clippings, school essays, and a number of photographs and Burr's sketches of scenes in Utah. Also included is an autograph album containing approximately 350 signatures collected by Mrs. David H. Burr and later members of her family, beginning in 1848 and continuing through 1969. Over three quarters of the autographs were collected in Washington, DC in the late 1840s and early 1850s. Included are the signatures of ten presidents, and many senators and representatives of the Thirty-first Congress, as well as many other public figures.

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