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Burpee, Lawrence Johnstone, 1873-1946



  • Existence: 1873 - 1946


Lawrence Johnstone Burpee was born on March 5, 1873 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He moved to Ottawa and worked as a private secretary to three federal ministers of Justice from 1890-1905, after which he became a librarian and worked for the Ottawa Public Library. In 1912, he was appointed Canadian Secretary of the International Joint Commission, a position he held until his death. Burpee helped found the Canadian Historical Society in 1922, and was its president until 1925. A prolific author, Burpee published books and articles primarily related to Canadian history and geography. He was also the founding editor of the "Canadian Geographic Journal." Burpee died in 1946.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Lawrence J. Burpee manuscripts

Identifier: Mss-14
Stefansson Mss-14
Date(s): 1910 to 1929

Lawrence Johnstone Burpee (1873-1946), Canadian librarian, historian and author. Consist of manuscripts of two books entitled "Letters of John Bell" and "Journals of the Yukon," which focus on the western fur trade and exploration during the 19th century.

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