Alexander C. Burr Papers, 1940-1977
Primary Creator: Burr, Alexander C.
Extent: 1.25 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 12/01/1984
The Alexander C. Burr Papers date from 1940 to 1977. The majority of the material consists of miscellaneous reports from the 1950s regarding North Dakota lignite and the state's natural resources. Also included is a statistical analysis of Charles Carothers' participation in the first North Dakota Constitutional Convention in 1889. Carothers was the youngest member of the Convention and Burr's maternal uncle.
Separated and placed in the Orin G. Libby Photographic Collection were five North Dakota related photographs. Also separated and accessioned as individual Orin G. Libby Manuscript Collections were copies of the Polish Review (OGL#1183) and the Netherlands News and Netherlands News Digest (OGL#1184). Each of these serials were published during World War II, and designed to make the American public aware of the plight of Nazi occupied countries.
Alexander C. Burr, son of North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Alexander G. Burr, was born in Bottineau, North Dakota, on March 21, 1901. Burr graduated from Rugby High School and received a B.A. Degree from Jamestown College, North Dakota, a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, and an engineering certificate from the University of Munich, Germany. He was Dean of Faculty at Jamestown College from 1938 to 1942. He then did research for the North Dakota State Industrial Commission's war effort and became director of research for the North Dakota Research Foundation in 1943. Burr's engineering expertise was utilized when he took a leave of absence from the Research Foundation to become supervising engineer for two major energy research projects: the construction of the lignite gasification plant in Grand Forks in 1947 and the U.S. Bureau of Mines Lignite Research Laboratory in 1949. In 1949, he was also Chief of the U.S. Bureau of Mines Region 5 Fuels Technology Division. He resigned this post in 1953 to resume the directorship of the North Dakota Research Foundation in Bismarck. He continued in this capacity until the Research Foundation was superceded by the State Economic Development Commission in 1957 and technical research was no longer its emphasis.
Burr was active in professional engineering societies. He organized and was the first president of the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers. He was also chair of the North Dakota State Board for the Registration of Professional Engineers and active in the National Society of Professional Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Chemical Society.
Alexander C. Burr died in Bismarck, North Dakota, on August 30, 1977.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Mrs. Alexander C. Burr, Bismarck, North Dakota
Acquisition Method: Donation; Acc.#84-1341
Five photographs were separated and placed in the Photograph File Cabinets.
OGL#998-1: Senator Quentin Burdick, undated
OGL#992-2: Governor William Guy, undated
OGL#998-3: Senator Milton R. Young, undated
OGL#998-4: Charles R. Robertson Lignite Research Laboratory of the Bureau of Mines, Grand Forks, undated
OGL#998-5: Magazine Rack Designed by North Dakota Research Lab, undated
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Alexander C. Burr Papers. OGLMC 998, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon, July 2012.
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Biographical Newspaper Clippings, 1940-1977
- Folder 2: Correspondence, 1945-1968
- Folder 3: "Industrial Development in North Dakota: Planning and Realization", March 1957
- Folder 4: Lignite Branch - Fuels Technology Division Region V, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Reports for February, April, May, 1953
- Folder 5: Natural Resources, Reports and Speeches
- Folder 6: North Dakota Research Foundation - "Cull Potato Project for the Red River Valley"
- Folder 7: North Dakota Research Foundation - "Preliminary Expansion of Report on Dehydration of Cull Potatoes", 1944
- Folder 8: North Dakota Research Foundation - Separation Process Company Report, Catasauqua, PA, 1953: Adaptability of North Dakota Limestone for Cement Manufacture, by Dr. Oliver Bowles
- Folder 9: "North Dakota", Statistical Report, 1955
- Folder 10: "Recent Population Changes in North Dakota", January 1954
- Folder 11: "A Selected Bibliography on Conservation of Natural Resources", Alex C. Burr, March 1957
- Folder 12: Speeches to the International Peace Garden Committee, 1959-1961
- Folder 13: "United States Population and Church Membership, 1850-1955"
- Folder 14: Charles Carothers, Delegate to the North Dakota Constitutional Convention, 1889- Journal of the Convention and Summary of Carothers' Voting Record
- Folder 15: The Dacotah, 1904 - Charles Carothers Noted
- Folder 16: The Dacotah, 1906 - Charles Carothers Noted
- Folder 17: Photographs of Regional U.S. Bureau of Mines Experiment Stations: 1925-1952