Flora Burt Family Papers: circa 1830s-1960s
Summary Information
Title: Flora Burt Family Papers
Creator: Burt, Flora, collector
Dates: circa 1830s-1960s
Extent: 3 linear feet, 1 oversize folder
Family historian; collected materials relating to the Burt family and other related families.
Call number: 9810 Aa 2 UAm
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Bentley Historical Library staff, 2005-2006

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Flora Burt (donor no. 6368) and came from the executor of her estate in 2004 and 2006.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.


Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Flora Burt family papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Flora Burt was the historian of her family and the collector of original documents and photographs from the various lines within her family tree.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Historical documents, family papers, and photographs accumulated and maintained by Flora Burt relating to the Burt family and to other family lines. Included are materials and information pertaining to James P. McKinstry, officer in the U.S. Navy in the 19th century, and to John R. Williams, 1st mayor of Detroit. The collection also contains letters, 1839-1846, to William A. Burt from his son Alvin Burt, then doing survey work in Iowa; also letter, 1845, from William Burt to Alvin Burt, describing the solar compass that he patented.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Detroit (Mich.) -- History.
  • Iowa -- Surveys -- History.
  • Solar compass.
  • Belle Isle (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Waterworks Park (Detroit, Mich.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Albums.
  • Cartes-de-visite.
  • Photographs.
  • Tintypes.
  • Burt family.
  • Burt, William Austin, 1792-1858.
  • Cole family.
  • McKinstry, James P.
  • Williams, John R., 1782-1854.
  • Williams family.
  • Burt, Solon.
  • McKinstry, James P.
  • Burt, Alvin.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Photographs [series]
Box   1  
Portraits of various members of different families (Burt, McKinstry, Williams among others) circa 1860-1900

(include albums, carte de visites, daguerreotypes)

(also includes album of Civil War generals and officers)

Box   2  
Portraits, photos of family members, special occasions, and residences circa 1860s-1960s

(albums, carte de visites and cabinet photographs)

Family papers [series]
Box   3  
Alvin Burt, letters to his father William A. Burt 1839-1846
Box   3  
Alvin Burt, letters to other family members, etc. 1841-1845
Box   3  
William A. Burt, letter to his son Alvin Burt relating in part to solar compass April 9, 1845
Box   3  
John R. Williams estate
Box   3  
Radio program "River Town Sustaining"

(re John R. Williams in part)

Box   3  
Williams family (2 folders)
Box   3  
Williams-related litigation
Box   3  
Ferdinand Williams
Box   3  
Notes of Julien Williams regarding family affairs
Box   3  
Julien Williams estate
Box   3  
James P. McKinstry -- U.S. Navy papers 1820s-1860s
Box   3  
James P. McKinstry naval appointments

(with presidential signatures)

Box   3  
Mary W. McKinstry estate
Box   3  
McKinistry Burt estate
Box   3  
Heinrich A. Pickert
Box   3  
Box   3  
Cole family genealogy and related correspondence
Box   3  
Genealogical miscellaneous