William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Burton Family Collection, 1888-1940
Meg Hixon, December 2011
Burton family collection
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.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
Access and Use
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
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.
Burton Family Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.
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.
- Detroit (Mich.)
- France--Description and travel.
- Switzerland--Description and travel.
- Treaty of Versailles (1919)
- United States--History--1901-1953.
- Burton, Clarence Monroe, 1853-1932.
- Burton, Frank, b. 1886.
- Burton, Louis.
- Checks (blank checks)
- Letters (correspondence)
Additional Descriptive Data
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.