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Burlingame family papers

Identifier: LG-25

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of microfilm containing correspondence and other papers of Anson Burlingame, his wife Jane Cornelia Livermore Burlingame, and their son Edward Livermore Burlingame. Subjects include Anson's service as U.S. minister to China and Edward's editorship at Scribner's. The collection includes memorabilia, diaries, maps, photos, and commissions from President Lincoln. Correspondents include William Cullen Bryant, Richard Henry Dana, John A. Dix, Gustave Dore, George du Maurier, Jessie Benton Fremont, John C. Fremont, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Francis Lieber, Horace Mann, Edwin Markham, Thomas Nast, Theodore Parker, Ernest Thompson Seton, William Henry Seward, Charles Sumner, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, and Owen Wister.

(Michigan State University., Honhart, F. L., Jude, S. P., Howard, S. R., & Zito, A. (1976). A guide to the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections. East Lansing, MI: publisher not identified.)

A revised finding aid (2009) at the Library of Congress for this collection can be found at


  • 1810 - 1922


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Reproduction and publication restricted, Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.

Biographical / Historical

Anson Burlingame (1820-1870) served in the Massachusetts Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and as U.S. minister to China. Edward Livermore Burlingame (1848-1922), the son of Anson and Jane Burlingame, was a journalist and editor of Scribner's magazine.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 5 reels of microfilm (550 items))

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Ownership and Custodial History

Purchased from the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, 1967.

Location of Originals

Burlingame Family Papers, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, 2nd St. and Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540, USA.

Reproduction Note

Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, 1967. 5 reels ; 35 mm.

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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US