Hugh Chamberlain Burr Papers

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Hugh Chamberlain Burr papers
Creator: Burr, Hugh Chamberlain, 1890-1978
Call Number: D.605
Dates: 1892-1965 [bulk]
Physical Description: 5.19 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Hugh Chamberlain Burr papers
Creator: Burr, Hugh Chamberlain, 1890-1978
Call Number: D.605
Dates: 1892-1965 [bulk]
Physical Description: 5.19 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Dr. Hugh Chamberlain Burr (1890-1978) was a Baptist clergyman born in Gloversville, New York. He became interested in religious work while serving as the student Graduate Secretary of the Princeton Philadelphian Society (the Youth YMCA of the day), and held an A.B. from Princeton, a Master's in Sociology from Columbia, graduated from Union Theological Seminary, and earned his Doctorate of Divinity at Kalamazoo (1915). Dr. Burr was highly active in national Christian interfaith organizations, including the Federation of Churches of Rochester and the Vicinity, for which he served as Executive Secretary from 1948-1959. The regional Federations consolidated to form the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America ("the National Council") in 1950. While missionary and faith-based work was a core tenet of the National Council, the organization and its chapters were particularly ardent in their mission to improve social and human conditions, including immigration and labor reform, child labor laws, social programs to aid the poor, pacifism and anti-war efforts, and temperance. They were regularly accused of being socialists, a situation which came to a head during the McCarthy era when the National Council was targeted by political journalist John T. Flynn as un-American. During Dr. Burr's tenure with the National Council the organization also wrangled with issues of birth control and contraception, religion in public education, and the threat of Christian fundamentalists. Today it is the largest ecumenical body in the United States.

Dr. Burr was also active with the Michigan Baptist State Convention, the New York State Baptist Convention, the Federation of Churches in Haverhill, MA, the American Baptist Convention, the Rotary Club, and several subcommittees of the National Council, most notably the Association of Council Secretaries. Before moving to the Rochester area he served as a reverend in Haverhill, and at the First Baptist Church of Elmira, NY. He died in New Jersey in 1978.

Scope and Content
The materials in the Hugh Chamberlain Burr papers (1892-1965) are largely organizational records from Burr's time with the National Council of Churches and the Rochester Federation of Churches, with a small amount which he collected during his time as a Baptist minister in Elmira. The bulk of the materials are meeting minutes, notes, conference organization records and proceedings, bylaws and constitutions, inter-organizational newsletters, financial planning materials and reports, pamphlets and fliers for events, and reports from various committees under the National Council, particularly those related to the work of the Council secretaries. Correspondence from members of the community is found throughout in various formats (printed, personal letters, letters to the Council, etc.). Additionally, there are a large number of newspaper clippings, articles and issues from Christian newsletters and magazines focused on topics pertinent to the mission and work of the National Council.

The content focus of the less administrative materials includes the communist threat to the United States in schools and churches, John T. Flynn's attack on the National Council during the McCarthy era, religious education and prayer in public schools, temperance programs and laws, social programs for urban renaissance (including the Rochester-area FIGHT group and their interactions with the Kodak Company), labor laws and protections and improvements for workers, anti-war and peace missions (including a large folder on WWII), youth services programs, contraception/birth control and population control, and Christian interfaith efforts. There are also individual files on Christian fundamentalists and other figures or publications who loomed large in the Church's eye, including J. Frank Norris, Gerald B. Winrod, Mildred Horton, Justin Wroe Nixon, William H. Stackel, Agnes E. Meyer, and Frederik Kuhns.

Arrangement
The materials in the Hugh Chamberlain Burr papers arrived with an established organization which had been conducted before their transfer, whether by Burr himself or someone acting on his behalf. Folders are arranged in one long run, alphabetically. This original order has been maintained and is reflected in the lack of true series in the finding aid.

Substantial groupings of records include those on the Association of Council Secretaries (1946-1960), the Federal Council of Churches (1926-1949), the National Council of Churches (1948-1963), and the Rochester Federation of Churches (1937-1960).

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Christianity
Public welfare
Religion
Religion and politics
Religion and sociology
Contraception--Religious aspects
Church and education
Prayer in the public schools
Temperance
Fundamentalists
World War (1939-1945)
Pacifism--Religious aspects--Christianity
Conference papers and proceedings
Burr, Hugh Chamberlain, 1890-1978
Flynn, John T., 1882-1964
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America
Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America
Baptists--Clergy
Social reformers
Access
The Hugh Chamberlain Burr papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Hugh Chamberlain Burr papers, D.605, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
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Administrative Information
Author: Lev Earle
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Finding aid publication date: March 2020
Content List
Association of Council Secretaries
Annual conferences, 1946-1960
Text Box 1, Folder 11946
Text Box 1, Folder 21947
Text Box 1, Folder 31948
Text Box 1, Folder 41949
Text Box 1, Folder 51950
Text Box 1, Folder 61951
Text Box 1, Folder 71952
Text Box 1, Folder 81953
Text Box 1, Folder 91954
Text Box 1, Folder 101955
Text Box 1, Folder 111956
Text Box 1, Folder 121957
Text Box 1, Folder 131958
Text Box 1, Folder 141959
Text Box 1, Folder 151960
Text Box 2, Folder 1Boston Discussion, 1954
Text Box 2, Folder 2Financial counseling, 1953-55
Text Box 2, Folder 3Financial counseling, 1956-58
Text Box 2, Folder 4Newsletters, 1945
Text Box 2, Folder 5Primer
Text Box 2, Folder 6Philosophy of cooperation
Baptists, correspondence
Text Box 2, Folder 71892-1920
Text Box 2, Folder 81920-1929
Text Box 2, Folder 91930-1939
Text Box 2, Folder 101940-1949
Text Box 2, Folder 111950-1959
Text Box 2, Folder 12-13Community affairs and concerns
Federal Council of Churches, 1926-1949
Text Box 3, Folder 1[content description]
Text Box 3, Folder 21926-1940
Text Box 3, Folder 31942-1946
Text Box 3, Folder 41945-1950
Text Box 3, Folder 51949
FIGHT
Text Box 3, Folder 6New Republic, 1965
Text Box 3, Folder 71965-1966
Text Box 3, Folder 8-9FIGHT and Kodak
Text Box 3, Folder 10Leiper, Henry S.- Relations between the ecumenical movement and the vatican
Text Box 3, Folder 11Litany for a State Council, 1950
Text Box 3, Folder 12Local Councils of Churches, 1959
National Council of Churches, 1948-1963
Text Box 3, Folder 13Planning committee, 1948
Text Box 3, Folder 14-15Planning committee, 1949
Text Box 4, Folder 1-4Planning committee, 1950
Text Box 4, Folder 5Committee on program, 1949-1950
Text Box 4, Folder 6Communism - John T. Flynn, 1949-1950
Text Box 4, Folder 7Finance and nomenclature, 1949-1950
Text Box 4, Folder 8Lutherans, 1949-1951
Text Box 4, Folder 9Attack of John T. Flynn, 1950
Text Box 4, Folder 10Cleveland Assembly, 1950
Text Box 4, Folder 11Launching Program, 1950
Text Box 5, Folder 1-3Planning Committee, 1950
Text Box 5, Folder 4Regional Launching Conference, 1950
Text Box 5, Folder 51951
Text Box 5, Folder 6Communism, 1951
Text Box 5, Folder 7Opponents, 1951
General Assembly
Text Box 5, Folder 8Minutes, 1952
Text Box 5, Folder 9News reports, 1952
Text Box 5, Folder 10Reports, etc., 1952
Text Box 5, Folder 11Workbook, 1952
Text Box 6, Folder 1Confidential reports to local council secretaries, 1952-1960
Text Box 6, Folder 21953
Text Box 6, Folder 3Attack of Flynn, 1953
Text Box 6, Folder 4-5Communist infiltration, 1953
Text Box 6, Folder 6Congressional investigations, 1953
House Un-American Activities Committee
Text Box 6, Folder 71953
Text Box 6, Folder 8Matthews, 1953
Text Box 6, Folder 9Oxnam, 1953
Text Box 6, Folder 10McCarthy Committee, 1953
Text Box 6, Folder 11Mrs. Horton appointment, 1953
Text Box 6, Folder 12Bylaw proposal, 1954
Text Box 6, Folder 133rd General Assembly, Boston, 1954
Headquarters debate
Text Box 6, Folder 14New York City, 1954
Text Box 6, Folder 15Chicago, 1954
Text Box 7, Folder 1Relations with city and state councils, 1954
Text Box 7, Folder 2Howard Pew, 1954-1955
Text Box 7, Folder 3Representation, 1954-1957
Text Box 7, Folder 4Representation by states and localities, 1954-1957
Text Box 7, Folder 51955
Text Box 7, Folder 6Relations with POAU, 1955
Text Box 7, Folder 7Representation, 1955
Text Box 7, Folder 8Relations with city and state councils, 1955-1956
Text Box 7, Folder 9Office for Councils of Churches, 1955-1960
Text Box 7, Folder 10Miscellaneous, 1956
Text Box 7, Folder 11PEW, 1956
Text Box 7, Folder 12Representation, 1956-1960
Text Box 7, Folder 131957
General Assembly, 1957
Text Box 7, Folder 14-15General Assembly, 1957
Text Box 8, Folder 1General Assembly - Douglass address, 1957
Text Box 8, Folder 2National Council of Churches- General Assembly Nominations, 1957
Text Box 8, Folder 3Miscellaneous, 1957
Text Box 8, Folder 4Study & Adjustment Committee, 1957
Text Box 8, Folder 5Apostles of Discord, 1958
Text Box 8, Folder 6General Board, 1957
Text Box 8, Folder 7Christian Century Article, 1957-1958
Text Box 8, Folder 8-9General Board, 1958
Text Box 8, Folder 10General Assembly, 1960
Text Box 8, Folder 11Interchurch Center, NYC, 1958
Text Box 8, Folder 12Miscellaneous, 1958
Text Box 9, Folder 1Consultation on long-range planning, 1959
Text Box 9, Folder 2-3General Board, 1959
Text Box 9, Folder 4Miscellaneous, 1959
Text Box 9, Folder 5Air Force Training Manual, 1960
Text Box 9, Folder 6-7General Assembly, 1960
Text Box 9, Folder 8-10General Board, 1960
Text Box 10, Folder 1Miscellaneous, 1960
Text Box 10, Folder 2Representatives of Cooperative Work, 1960
Text Box 10, Folder 3Triennial Report, 1960
Text Box 10, Folder 4Correspondence, 1961
Text Box 10, Folder 5Representatives of Cooperative Work, 1962
Text Box 10, Folder 6General Board, 1963
Text Box 10, Folder 7Religion and public education, 1963
Text Box 10, Folder 8New York State Council of Churches, 1962
Text Box 10, Folder 9Nixon, Justin Wroe
Text Box 10, Folder 10Norris, J. Frank and Gerald B. Winrod
Text Box 10, Folder 11The operation of co-operation
Text Box 10, Folder 12Population control
Text Box 10, Folder 13Prayer in Public Schools
Rochester Federation of Churches, 1937-60
Text Box 10, Folder 14Rauschenbusch
Text Box 11, Folder 1Rauschenbusch, 1937
Text Box 11, Folder 2Bulletin, 1938
Text Box 11, Folder 3Radio Broadcast Church of the Air, 1938
Text Box 11, Folder 4Correspondence, 1938-39
Text Box 11, Folder 5Correspondence, 1940-41
Text Box 11, Folder 6Correspondence, 1942-43
Text Box 11, Folder 7Peace, 1944
Text Box 11, Folder 825th Anniversary, 1944
Text Box 11, Folder 9Correspondence, 1944-45
Text Box 11, Folder 10List of ministers and churches, 1946
Text Box 11, Folder 11Correspondence, 1946-1947
Text Box 11, Folder 12Financial statement, 1947
Text Box 11, Folder 13YWCA - YMCA Campaign, 1947
Text Box 11, Folder 14Correspondence, 1948-49
Text Box 11, Folder 1510th Anniversary of Burr, 1948
Text Box 11, Folder 161949
Text Box 11, Folder 17Kuhn article, 1948
Text Box 11, Folder 18David W. Staffeld, 1949
Text Box 11, Folder 19Public education, 1949
Text Box 12, Folder 11950
Text Box 12, Folder 2Public Education, 1950
Text Box 12, Folder 3Financing Councils, 1951
Text Box 12, Folder 4Correspondence, 1950-51
Text Box 12, Folder 51951- Washington Pilgrimage, Willial H. Stackel
Text Box 12, Folder 6-8Church Peace Union Conference, 1951-52
Text Box 12, Folder 9Agnes E. Meyer Article, 1952
Text Box 12, Folder 10Annual Report, 1952
Text Box 12, Folder 11Bible, 1952
Text Box 12, Folder 12Financing Councils, 1952
Text Box 12, Folder 13Staff, 1952
Text Box 12, Folder 14Correspondence, 1952-53
Text Box 12, Folder 151953
Text Box 12, Folder 16Constitution, 1953
Text Box 12, Folder 17Guest Editorial, 1953
Text Box 12, Folder 18Miscellaneous, 1953
Text Box 12, Folder 19Situations, 1953
Text Box 12, Folder 20Correspondence, 1954-56
Text Box 12, Folder 21Miscellaneous, 1954
Text Box 12, Folder 22Russian Church, 1954
Text Box 12, Folder 23Templeton, 1954
Text Box 12, Folder 24Church Buildings, 1955
Text Box 13, Folder 1Institute of Minority Groups, 1955
Text Box 13, Folder 2Miscellaneous, 1955
Text Box 13, Folder 3Financial Campaign, 1956
Text Box 13, Folder 4Miscellaneous, 1956
Text Box 12, Folder 5National Weekday Religious Education Conference, 1956
Text Box 13, Folder 6Financial Campaign, 1957
Text Box 13, Folder 7Miscellaneous, 1957
Text Box 13, Folder 81957-58
Text Box 13, Folder 9Brotherhood Award, 1958
Text Box 13, Folder 10Bulletin, 1958
Text Box 13, Folder 11Financial Campaign, 1958
Text Box 13, Folder 12Miscellaneous, 1958
Text Box 13, Folder 13Right to Work Laws, 1958
Text Box 14, Folder 11959
Text Box 14, Folder 2Miscellaneous, 1959
Text Box 14, Folder 3Bulletin, 1959
Text Box 14, Folder 41960
Text Box 14, Folder 5Financial Campaign, 1959
Text Box 14, Folder 6Burr Resignation, 1959-60
Text Box 14, Folder 7Weekday Religious Education
Text Box 14, Folder 8World War II, 1941-1945


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