Collection Number: 40478

Collection Title: William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015

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Size 15 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 9000 items)
Abstract William R. Burk, who is white, served as Botany Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1979 to 2009. Over the course of his career, he compiled these files on faculty in the departments of Botany and Zoology. He compiled the files intending to write a book on the contributions of faculty in the Department of Botany in the twentieth century. Instead, he wrote Putting Down Roots: Foundations of Botany at Carolina, 1792-1902 (BRIT Press, 2017), a history of the early teaching of botany at the University.
Creator Burk, William R.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Digital media (e.g., DVD's and CDR's) removed from the collection in April 2017 are closed pending review by University Archive staff.
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty #40478, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Recieved from William R. Burk in March 2017 (RT 20170324.1), October 2018 (20181025.1), January 2019 (RT 20190131.1), and February 2019 (RT 20190214.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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William R. Burk, who is white, served as Botany Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1979 to 2009. Over the course of his career, he compiled these files on faculty in the departments of Botany and Zoology. He compiled the files intending to write a book on the contributions of faculty in the Department of Botany in the twentieth century. Instead, he wrote Putting Down Roots: Foundations of Botany at Carolina, 1792-1902 (BRIT Press, 2017), a history of the early teaching of botany at the University.

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Former Botany Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill William (Bill) Burk's collection of materials on the departments of Zoology and Botany.

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Digital media (e.g., DVD's and CDR's) removed from the collection in April 2017 are closed pending review by University Archive staff.

Box 1

Adams, Edison #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 1

Ahles, Harry #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 1

Anderson, Donald B. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 1

Ashe, William Willard #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 1

Atchison, Earlene #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 1

Barry, Edward G. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 1

Bell, C. Ritchie #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 1

Audiocassette C-40478/1

C. Ritchie Bell. Interview 19 June 2002 #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" C-40478/1

Box 1

Brown, R. Malcolm, Jr. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 1

Coker, William C. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 1

Box 2

Couch, John Nathaniel #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Dickison, William Campbell #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Domnas, Aristotle J. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Gensel, Patricia G. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Gereulach, Victor A. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Harbison, Thomas Grant #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Hunt, William Lanier #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Not a professor but a noteworthy Chapel Hill botanist.

Jones, Alan M. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Koch, William Julian #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

RT 20181025.1.

Kohlmeyer, Jan J. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

LeClair, Francis J. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Not a professor but UNC landscape architect

Leith, Helmut #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Massey, Jim R. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 2

Box 3

Matson, Steven #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

RT 20190131.1.

Matthysse, Ann G. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

McCormick, J. F. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

Miller, Norton G. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

Newcomer, E. H. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

Olive, Lindsay S. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

Parks, Clifford R. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

Peet, Robert K. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

Quatrano, Ralph S. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

Radford, Laurie #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

Radford, Albert E. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 3

Box 6

Radford, Albert E.: Notebook #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 6

Audiocassette C-40478/2

A. E. Radford. Memorial service #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" C-40478/2

Box 4

Scott, Tom Kec k #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Totten, Henry Roland #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Umphlett, Clyde J. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Vitousek, Peter M. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Weakley, Alan #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

White, Peter S. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Department of Botany: Report on the Botany Department, 1947 #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Department of Botany: Department artists Susan Whitfield and Marion Seiler #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Department of Botany: Botany theses #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Department of Botany: Contributions #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: John Cage book #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Botany/Zoology libraries merger in Wilson Hall #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Circulation policies and procedures #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Library Technical Assistant: Rhonda Teague Rogers #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Student staff #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Temporary Graduate Assistant Sarah Ziegler #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Staff photo, 2008 #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Rare book stolen #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: General information #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Contains numerous historical documents

Botany Library: Collaboratory #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Library Literature Guides, numbers 2-7 #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Poster #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Library flood in Coker Hall #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Temporary Graduate Research Assistant Tom Hailey #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Botany Library: Mycological reprint collection #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 4

Box 5

Biology buildings: Coker Hall #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Biology buildings: Davie Hall #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Biology buildings: Fordham Hall #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Biology buildings: Wilson Hall #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Zoology: Reprint collection #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Zoology: Library #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Zoology professors: Coker, Robert E. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Zoology professors: Gilbert, Lawrence I. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Zoology professors: Hairston, Nelson G. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Zoology professors: Kier, William M. #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Zoology professors: Maroni, Gustavo #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Zoology professors: Wilson, Henry Van Peters #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Environmental Science professor: Kuenzler, Edward #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Other botanical topics: Battle Park #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Other botanical topics: UNC Herbarium #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Other botanical topics: Museums, including UNC Museum and NCC Gallery #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Other botanical topics: Department evaluation #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 5

Box 11

Background Information #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 11

Apgar, Austin Craig #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 11

Atkinson, George Francis #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 11

Bryant, Dixie Lee #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 11

Dixon, George #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 11

Box 7

Dixon, George #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 7

Holmes, Joseph Austin #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 7

Jackman, Wilbur Samuel #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 7

Kimberly, John #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 7

Martin, William Joseph #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 7

Box 8

Mitchell, Elisha #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 8

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Box 8

Box 9

Olmsted, Denison #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 8-9

Box 9

Simonds, Frederic William #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 9

Smith, William Henry #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 9

Box 9-10

Box 9

Box 10

Wilson, Henry Van Peters #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 9-10

Box 10

Sources on Summer School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1877, 1878-1881, and 1883-1957 #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 10

Normal School and Summer School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Illustrations #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 10

Influence of Yale College on science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill #40478, Series: "William R. Burk Collection on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany and Zoology Faculty, 1920-2015" Box 10

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Processing Information

Processed by: Amy Morgan, April 2017

Encoded by: Laura Smith, April 2017

Updated because of addition by Jennifer Coggins and Laura Smith, November 2018 and January 2019

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