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Scrapbook Regarding John Burroughs

Identifier: MS-0636

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The collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings dating from 1914-1921 about John Burroughs; four pieces of correspondence addressed to Dr. S.T. Millard of Topeka, Kansas; three letters written by Clara Barrus during 1928-1929 and a family photograph from E.J. Lee sent in 1934; and three undated advertisements for lectures and publications by Barrus on Burroughs.


  • 1914-1934

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0.25 Linear Feet (1 book and 1 folder)


This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, and a scrapbook related to John Burroughs, an author and conservationist.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Burroughs was a naturalist and writer who was active in the U.S. conservation movement. He was born on April 3, 1837 in Roxbury, New York. Burroughs was the seventh of Chauncy and Amy Kelly Burroughs' ten children. He was born on the family farm in the Catskill Mountains in New York. In his later years, he credited his life as a farm boy for his love of nature. Burroughs published over 20 volumes of essays; the first collection, Wake-Robin, was published in 1871 and his last, The Last Harvest, was published posthumously in 1922. Burroughs died on March 29, 1921.

Burroughs married Ursula North (1836-1917) in 1857. Following her death, Burroughs' longtime companion Clara Barrus (1864-1931) moved in with him. Barrus was a physician who met Burroughs in 1902 and became a devoted follower and later friend. After his death, Barrus became his literary executor and official biographer, publishing some of his works after his death and even publishing her own works, "Life and Letters of John Burroughs" (1928) and "Whitman and Burroughs: Comrades" (1931) on Burroughs' friendship with poet Walt Whitman.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA