George Lincoln Burr
George Lincoln Burr first met Andrew Dickson White in the classroom when
he entered Cornell in 1877. White was impressed by Burr, and soon hired
him to take care of his growing personal Library. After 1879, the White
collection became the product of a partnership between White and his talented
librarian. Each traveled to Europe on extended book-buying trips, and
both had an astute eye for valuable and uncommon books.
Burr did more than anyone to influence the range and
texture of White’s historical collection, and became expert in two
of its subjects—the Protestant Reformation, and witchcraft.
of George Lincoln Burr, ca. 1890. University Archives.