Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Burton Family Collection, 1888-1940

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: Burton family collection
Creator: Burton family
Inclusive dates: 1888-1940
Extent: 14 items
Abstract:
The Burton family collection is made up of correspondence, financial records, and other items pertaining to Clarence M. Burton of Detroit, Michigan, and two of his sons, Frank and Louis. The Burton brothers wrote about their travels in Europe during the interwar period, among other subjects.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2002. M-4250.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Burton Family Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

Charles Monroe Burton (1853-1932) attended the University of Michigan. On December 25, 1872, Burton married Harriet Jane Nye (1854-1896). The couple lived in Detroit, Michigan, with their eight children: Mary, Charles Ward, Clarence Henry, Fred, Louis Edward, Frank, Ralph, and Harriet. Frank Burton (b. July 24, 1886) became an engineer and served as a captain in the United States Army Signal Corps during the First World War. He worked in Detroit, Michigan, after the war. Louis Burton became a vice president of the Burton Abstract & Title Company, also in Detroit.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Burton family collection is made up of 8 letters, 1 indenture, and 5 other items pertaining to Clarence M. Burton of Detroit, Michigan, and two of his sons, Frank and Louis. The Burton brothers wrote about their travels in Europe during the interwar period, among other subjects.

The first item is an indenture concerning the sale of a lot of land in Detroit, Michigan (January 3, 1888). Correspondence includes letters by Louis Burton (July 2, 1901) and Frank Burton (July 11, 1903) about their travels in Europe and additional letters about the Burtons' personal lives and, occasionally, business affairs and political events. Frank Burton's letter to Charles Edouard Guilliume of the Bureau International des Poids & Mesures concerns Burton's pessimism about American attitudes toward the Treaty of Versailles (May 25, 1921), and Louis Burton's letter of March 30, 1929, relates to his anticipation of poor business returns for the year. Other items include a postcard with a printed advertisement for a genealogical history of the Burton family, 3 blank checks of Charles W. Burton, and a piece of stationery from the Burton Abstract & Title Company of Detroit, Michigan.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Detroit (Mich.)
    • France--Description and travel.
    • Switzerland--Description and travel.
    • Treaty of Versailles (1919)
    • United States--History--1901-1953.
    Contributors:
    • Burton, Clarence Monroe, 1853-1932.
    • Burton, Frank, b. 1886.
    • Burton, Louis.
    Genre Terms:
    • Checks (blank checks)
    • Indentures.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Postcards.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   49, Small Collections  
    Burton family collection [series]
    Folders   40-41  
     January 3, 1888-January 1, 1940, and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Nye, George Hyatt, and Frank E. Best. A Genealogy of the Nye Family. Volume 1. Ed. David Fisher Nye. The Nye Family of America Association, 1907.