Burpee, Lawrence J. (Lawrence Johnstone), 1873-1946

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1873-03-05
Death 1946-10-13
Canadians
English

Biographical notes:

Epithet: Canadian historian

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001030.0x000205

Lawrence (Laurie) Johnstone Burpee was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 5 March 1873. In 1899, he married Maud Hanington and together they had five children: Lawrence, Ruth, Margaret, Edward and Arthur. Burpee is remembered for his contributions to Canadiana as a historian, a librarian, and a writer. He served as chief librarian of the Carnegie Public Library in Ottawa, from 1905 to 1912. During his tenure he strove to improve services, and he was an ardent proponent in the building of the National Library. Burpee was a founding member of both the Canadian Historical Association and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Writers' Foundation. He received the Medaille de Vermeil award from the Academie Francaise for his work in Canadian history, as well as the Tyrrel Gold Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. After his tenure as chief librarian, Burpee was appointed Canadian Secretary of the International Joint Commission and held this position until his death in Oxford, England, on 13 October 1947.

From the description of Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds. 1895-1995. (University of British Columbia Library). WorldCat record id: 607091836

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Subjects:

  • Fur trade
  • Boundaries

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  • Canada (as recorded)
  • Yukon (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Canada (as recorded)