Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Burrow Family
- Burrow Family Materials
- Inclusive Dates
- ca 1825-1966
- MC 1996
- 3.25 linear feet (4 Boxes)
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
Please call (479) 575-8444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.
Restrictions Apply. Some books restricted due to physical condition. Scans of genealogical information in Burrow Family Bible are located in the Burrow Family Genealogies Folder.
No Interlibrary Loan.
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).)
The Burrow Family Materials were donated to Special Collections by Harriet Margaret Moore Whillock, the wife of Carl Whillock and daughter of Hattie Louise Burrow Moore and William Rudy Moore Sr.
Processed by Laura Smith; March, 2014.
Preferred Form of Citation
Burrow Family Materials (MC 1996) Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
See Special Collections Citations Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.
Nimrod Burrow was born in North Carolina on September 4, 1799, and died in Bedford County, Tennessee on October 7, 1890. He was the son of Phillip Burrow (1774-1872) and Margaret Shofner (1797-1852), a pioneering couple that moved their family from North Carolina to the forests of Tennessee in a prairie-schooner in 1806. After a house fire in 1808 that took the life of one of their children and cost them nearly all that they had, the family rebuilt their lives. Phillip became a volunteer with other Tennessee soldiers under General Jackson during the War of 1812, but his band did not make it to New Orleans before the battle had ended. Nimrod married Catherine Katie Clardy (1806-1845) in 1825, and the couple would have 6 kids before Katies death: Louisa Catherine (1829-1914), James Riley (1830-1915), Frances Emily (1832-1919), Margaret (1834-1899), George W. (1839-1919), and Nimrod Cain (1843-1919). In 1847, Nimrod married Sallie Ann Landis Burrow (1822-1894). Nimrod and Sallie would remain in Bedford County throughout their lives, their union producing 8 children: Mary Melissa (1848-1902), Martha Josephine (1850-1938), Napoleon Bonaparte (1852-1932), John W. (1854-1915), Sarah C. (1856-1929), Elvira Lozena (1858-1945), Phillip Landis (1861-1923), and Hiram (1864-1941). During the Civil War, the Burrow clan divided; but Nimrod was a Republican who remained loyal to the Union and aw three of his sons enter the service even though he remained with the Southern Methodist Church. Nimrod and Sallies oldest son, Napoleon Bonaparte Burrow, was known as N.B. or Na throughout his life. He left home at the age of 21 and spent seven years at the University of Tennessee, where he earned a B.S. degree focusing in History and Mathematics. It was through his connections there that he met and married Hattie McClure Gilbert (1865-1955) on November 9, 1887. Upon graduating, N.B. began a teaching career in higher education while dabbling in the saw mill and lumber business, and the couple moved the Arkansas in 1901. N.B. was active in politics, representing his state in five national Republican Conventions and holding various offices in the Republican Party in Arkansas. He was also a member of the committee that notified Warren G. Harding of his nomination for the president of the United States. N.B. ran as the Republican candidate for the Secretary of State of Arkansas in 1921 but lost to Ira. C. Hopper. During the latter part of his life, N.B. was an agent of the Mutual Life Insurance Company, and it was during this period that he developed a friendship with H.L. Remmel, an ally in both politics and business. N.B. also contributed much of the personal histories of the earlier family members of the Burrow family.
N.B.'s wife, Hattie, was a graduate of the Murfreesboro, Tennessee Male and Female Institute. Hattie kept up with most of the documents in the Burrow Family Materials after N.B.'s death. The couple had 5 children: Sallie Landis (1888-1964), Viriginia Jennie Vaden (1891-1896), Phillip Gilbert (1864-1896), Frederick Hiram (1897-1929), and Hattie Louise (1905-1985). Hattie and N.B. lost Phillip and Jennie in 1896 within six weeks of each other, which became the subject of some of Hatties poetry. N.B. and Hatties second son, Fred, also died young. The tuberculosis that would lead to his death was discovered in 1914 when Fred had to undergo a physical examination as part of the entrance process for West Point. He attended Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he pledged the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. As his condition worsened, Fred entered the Mountain View Sanatorium for Tubercular Patients in Kerriville, Texas until shortly before his death at age 31 in 1929. N.B. and Hatties oldest child, Sallie, attended Soule College (now a part of Vanderbilt University) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Sallie pursued a teaching career, teaching in Indian Territory in Oklahoma for a time. Sallie was also a prolific private writer of both essays and poetry. She kept her familys records and provided much of the information in the Burrow Family Materials.
N.B. and Hattie's youngest child, Hattie Louise, studied music at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She also taught, teaching in the public school system in El Dorado. When her father was a delegate in 1928, Louise was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention. At the age of 21, she was the youngest person able to vote on the floor. She married William Rudy Moore Sr. and eventually passed the Burrow Family Materials to Margaret Whillock.
Scope and Content Note
The materials in this collection are primarily items collected by Margaret Whillock (1935- ), her grandmother, Hattie McClure Gilbert Burrow, and her aunt, Sallie Landis Burrow (1888-1964).
The Burrow Family Materials are a varied collection which include a pictorial family bible recording births and deaths, a Temperance Pledge, an autograph book; notes on family genealogies and written histories; obituaries; awards and certificates; correspondence; Civil War documents; political and financial documents; speeches; documents from a life insurance business; essays and poetry; notebooks; greeting cards and postcards; newspaper clippings; family photographs; event programs and menus; and religious periodicals and bulletins.
Subjects of interests aside from the family's personal information include: materials related to the Republican Party and political campaigns in Arkansas from 1904-1926 and documents related to slavery and the Civil War in Tennessee, including a slave a slave receipt from 1843, a letter discussing the sectional conflict between the North and the South on the eve of the war, and a Union military pass.
Arrangement of the Papers
Materials are arranged by family member.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:
|Box 1||Box 1||
Burrow Family Histories, n.d.
|Box 1||Box 2||
Burrow Family Genealogies, n.d.
|Box 1||Box 3||
Nimrod Burrow Correspondence, 1861-1871
|Box 1||Box 4||
Nimrod Burrow Financial Documents, 1819-1841
|Box 1||Box 5||
Nimrod Burrow Financial Documents, 1843-1890
|Box 1||Box 6||
Nimrod Burrow Miscellaneous Materials, 1825-1863
|Box 1||Box 7||
N.B. Burrow Personal Correspondence, 1880-1887
|Box 1||Box 8||
N.B. Burrow Personal Correspondence, 1896
|Box 1||Box 9||
N.B. Burrow Personal Correspondence, 1897-1931
|Box 1||Box 10||
N.B. Burrow Political Materials, 1904-1906
|Box 1||Box 11||
N.B. Burrow Political Materials, 1908-1912
|Box 1||Box 12||
N.B. Burrow Political Materials, 1913-1919
|Box 1||Box 13||
N.B. Burrow Political Materials, 1920-1923
|Box 1||Box 14||
N.B. Burrow Political Materials, 1924-1928
|Box 1||Box 15||
N.B. Burrow Life Insurance Agent, 1904-1930
|Box 1||Box 16||
N.B. Burrow Financial Documents, 1900-1930
|Box 1||Box 17||
N.B. Burrow University of Tennessee and Teaching Career, 1877-1898
|Box 1||Box 18||
N.B. Burrow Documents Relating to Death or Biography, 1932
|Box 1||Box 19||
N.B. Burrow Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, n.d.
|Box 1||Box 20||
N.B. Burrow Miscellaneous Materials, 1881-1924
|Box 1||Box 21||
Hattie Burrow Correspondence, 1885-1901
|Box 1||Box 22||
Hattie Burrow Correspondence, 1910-1925
|Box 1||Box 23||
Hattie Burrow Correspondence, 1926-1931
|Box 1||Box 24||
Hattie Burrow Correspondence, 1932
|Box 1||Box 25||
Hattie Burrow Correspondence, 1936-1953
|Box 1||Box 26||
Hattie Burrow Essays and Poems, n.d.
|Box 1||Box 27||
Hattie Burrow Financial Documents, 1927-1941
|Box 1||Box 28||
Hattie Burrow Miscellaneous Materials, 1904-1932
|Box 1||Box 29||
Fred Burrow Correspondence, 1914-1927
|Box 1||Box 30||
Fred Burrow Miscellaneous Materials, 1913-1929
|Box 1||Box 31||
Sallie Burrow Correspondence, 1911-1951
|Box 1||Box 32||
Sallie Burrow Essays and Poems, 1898-1940
|Box 1||Box 33||
Sallie Burrow Education and Teaching Career, 1901-1939
|Box 1||Box 34||
Sallie Burrow Financial Documents, 1931-1961
|Box 1||Box 35||
Sallie Burrow Miscellaneous Materials, 1922-1956
|Box 1||Box 36||
Louise Burrow Correspondence, 1912-1964
|Box 1||Box 37||
Louise Burrow Miscellaneous Materials, 1928-1966
|Box 1||Box 38||
|Box 2||Item 1||
Burrow Family Bible, Restricted, ca. 1890
|Box 3||Item 1||
Nimrod Burrow Personal Bible, 1814
|Box 3||Item 2||
N.B. Burrow Autograph Book, 1888
|Box 4||Item 1||
Sallie Burrow Blue Loose Leaf Notebook, Restricted, ca. 1901-1939
|Box 4||Item 2||
Sallie Burrow Black Notebook of School Notes, Restricted, ca. 1901-1939
END OF COLLECTION