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James MacGregor Burns Papers

Identifier: MC-166

Content Description

The James MacGregor Burns papers includes the files and papers of Williams College Professor and Political Scientist James MacGregor Burns. The papers include materials relating to books, articles, interviews, manuscripts, political reform and involvment, leadership, etc. Represented in the collection is correspondence, research notes, committee notes and minutes, publications, lecture notes and speeches, reviews, conference notes, interview materials, and other miscellaneous printed materials. A 2021 addition to the papers includes personal material such as diaries, family heirlooms, Burns's adolecent educational papers and other juvenilia, photographs and scrapbooks. Financial records, writings, correspondence, film script, and videocassettes are also included in the addition.


  • Majority of material found within 1820 - 2011

Conditions Governing Access

The James MacGregor Burns Papers is open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Material in this collection is subject to copyright.


93 Linear Feet (99 boxes)

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Physical Location

Library Shelving Facility

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Stewart Burns (son of Mr. Burns), June 2014 and April 2017. Gift of Peter Meyers and Trienah Anne Meyers, 2021.

Processing Information

Pre-processed by Jessica Hurtault and Samantha Polsky. 2021 Addition processed by Cindy Ge (Williams '23) and Lisa Conathan.
James MacGregor Burns Papers
Katie Nash and Cindy Ge
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Repository Details

Part of the Williams College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Sawyer Library
26 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267