George Lincoln Burr (1857-1938) and the White Library at Cornell
I'm a collector of envelopes (called covers by
philatelists) that have been sent to or from libraries. I believe that I have
the largest collection of these envelopes in the world. My collection numbers in
the thousands. I'm always on the lookout for envelopes that have a special story
so I was excited to acquire the envelope shown above. It was mailed to Professor
George L. Burr at
White Library at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY on April 25, 1911.
Andrew Dickson White
was the co-founder and first president of Cornell University. White, with the
assistance of Burr, developed a remarkable personal historical library
consisting of more than 30,000 volumes which he donated to the Cornell
University Library. Burr served as the librarian/curator of the White collection
and Professor of History at Cornell. He was an authority on the witchcraft
trials and was editor of Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706.
He was President of the American Historical Association in 1916. The envelope is
interesting in that it was a souvenir for the 1901 Pan American Exposition in
Buffalo, NY but was mailed from Buffalo in 1911. It is marked "Personal". I'm
putting together a philatelic exhibit titled "Libraries in 20th Century America"
and this envelope will make a nice addition to the exhibit.