Guide to the Hamtonetta Burgess Carr Papers 1881-1950
Cage 139

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Hamtonetta Burgess Carr Papers
Cage 139
Date [inclusive]
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.5 feet of linear shelf space
Collection includes correspondence and papers relating to the Burgess family, specifically sisters Hamtonetta Burgess Carr and Catherine Burgess Carr, during the period 1881-1950.

Preferred Citation note

Hamtonetta Burgess Carr Papers, 1881-1950

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

Hamtonetta Burgess Carr (circa 1869-1949) and Catherine Burgess Carr (circa 1867-1915) were daughters of Scottish natives Thomas Burgess (1824-1901) and Margaret (McTaggert) Burgess (1841-1877). In 1868, Thomas Burgess founded the town of Bala in Ontario, Canada.

Catherine later married William H. Carr, and Hamtonetta attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, circa 1889-1891. Hamtonetta was involved with the Friends' Intelligencer: a Religious and Family Journal as a writer and secretary circa 1908. A portion of their lives was spent in Idaho, including in the cities of Elk River and Lewiston.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of correspondence between Hamtonetta Burgess Carr and her family and friends, including her sister Catherine Burgess Carr, between 1881 and 1933. The letters discuss Hamtonetta's school days at Swarthmore College, the family's movement westward, and Catherine's commercial experiences in northern Idaho. A number of the letters are between Catherine and her husband, William H. Carr, while she was traveling in Idaho in 1914. Additional correspondents include an Aunt Sarah Burgess and Mary P. Burgess.

Collection includes postcards from Nebraska, a Carr memorandum, newspaper clippings, a marriage certificate, a Harley-Davidson "Motorcycles and Sidecars" brochure, and a photograph titled "The 'King' is no more." The photo depicts the largest known white pine tree chopped down in Latah County, Idaho by Potlatch Lumber Co. in 1911. The reverse side of the photograph has typed details about the tree.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in a single series with miscellaneous materials placed at the end of series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries in 1963 by Wilma Ogston.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Swarthmore College -- Students -- Correspondence


  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Idaho
  • Home and Family
  • Overland Journeys to the Northwestern United States
  • Pioneers

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Burgess, Hamtonetta, "Friends' Associations," Friends' Intelligencer: a Religious and Family Journal 65, no. 7 (1908): 112."Designation Statement for Margaret Burgess Park (a.k.a. Bala Falls Park, Ontario, Canada),", last modified 2011, Library,

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