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Betty Ann Burch papers

Identifier: IHRC381


Collection consists of documents regarding Burch’s preparation for her dissertation including biographical materials on authors, analyses of novels and correspondence. This collection also includes documents pertaining to the Minneapolis Eastside Ethnic Tribute and Burch’s work at various universities.


  • 1930-1991


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Betty Ann Burch was born on November 7, 1924. Burch received a bachelor’s degree in English from Calumet College in Hammond, Indiana in 1964 and a masters degree in english from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 1976. She then received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1973. Burch’s 1973 University of Minnesota doctoral dissertation, “The Assimilation Experience of Five American White Ethnic Novelists of the Twentieth Century” was published by Garland Publishing Inc. in 1990. Her dissertation explores the lives of five different American novelists to discuss how ethnicity has shaped American history and literature. Burch taught at various liberal arts colleges in Indiana, Maine and Wisconsin. She also taught at the University of Minnesota and Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Burch was the project director of the Minneapolis Eastside Ethnic Tribute (MEET) in 1976 where she worked on Eastside bicentennial and ethnic heritage events. She was an editor for the Immigration History Research Center News as well as Spectrum.


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Collection acquired from Betty Ann Burch of Minneapolis in the 1990s. The collection was processed in February 2014 by Katie McCormick.

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