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Charles R. Burnham papers

Identifier: ua01030

Scope and Content

The collection contains research notes and notebooks, writings, correspondence, and teaching materials created by Charles Burnham. The collection is divided into 3 series:

Subject Files: includes correspondence and notes on a variety of subjects including cytogenetics, genetics, linkage and cereals. Of note is correspondence with Barbara McClintock, 1983 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.

Talks and Writings: include drafts and final copies of articles and book publications, as well as talks given by Burnham at professional meetings.

Teaching and Research: includes outlines, problems and exams for classes taught; notes, drawings, statistics, and research notebooks on cytogenetics, genetics, and general plant breeding.


  • Creation: 1922-1993


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Access to Materials

This collection is stored at an off-site facility and requires 3-5 business days for retrieval. Email to request access. Do not make travel arrangements or plans to visit Andersen Library without making prior arrangements with University Archives staff.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Charles R. Burnham (d. 1995)

Charles R. Burnham B.S., M.S., Ph.D.(1929), University of Wisconsin. National Research Fellow (1929-1938) at Cornell, Harvard, and the California Institute of Technology; Professor (1938-1972), Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota.

Charles R. Burnham was appointed a professor in agronomy and plant genetics at the University of Minnesota in 1938. During his thirty-four years of teaching at the University, Burnham was well known for his work on the cytogenetics of corn. After retiring, he founded the Chestnut Foundation, which worked to develop a breed of Chestnut tree capable of resisting Chestnut Blight. Charles Burnham died in St. Paul on April 19, 1995.


9.0 Cubic Feet (9)


Collection contains papers, research notes and correspondence of Charles Burnham, professor of agronomy and cytogenetics at the University of Minnesota.

Physical Location

Off-site (WBOB)

Source of acquisition

The papers were donated to University Archives in 1991; an accretion of research notebooks was donated in 2011.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Charles R. Burnham Papers, 1922-1993
Karen Spilman
January 2005
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Finding aid written in English

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