The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

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William C. and Mildred M. Burns Papers, 1912-1966


Size:  1 linear ft.         

Provenance: This collection came to the Ward M. Canaday Center in 1983. Miss Burns died in 1983, leaving no relatives closer than first cousins. Her boarder Hetty Wang, donated this collection to the Center.

Access: Open

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Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by:  Paul M. Gifford, December 1986.

Reformatted: Arjun Sabharwal, May 2009.



This collection contains correspondence, .essays, poems, ephemera, photographs, and clippings generated by William C. Burns, a Presbyterian and Congregational minister in Michigan and Toledo, and his daughter Mildred M. Burns,• a high school teacher in Toledo. It might be useful for the study of Presbyterianism in Northwest Ohio or the history of Morrison R. Waite High School.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

William Clark Burns

1854, Feb. 10. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa.; raised in Orange, Ohio.

1880. Th. B., Hillsdale College.

1881. B. D., Hillsdale College.

1881-1883. Pastor, Free-Will Baptist Church, Paw Paw, Mich.

1883. M. Ph., Hillsdale College.

1885, Sept. 9. Married Alice M. Collins of Macon, Mich.

1885-1896. Pastor, Congregational Church, Stanton, Mich.

1887. Graduate, Auburn Theological Seminary.

1893. Traveled on an expedition to the Grand Canyon.

1896-1900. Teacher and librarian, Michigan Military Academy, Orchard Lake, Mich.

1900-1906. Pastor, Congregational Church, Honoeye, N. Y.

1906-1916. Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, Mich.

1911. D. D. (honorary), Hillsdale College.

1916-1924. Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Weston, Ohio.

1924-1933. Executive and promotional secretary, Presbytery of Toledo,

Ohio; member of the Synodical Staff, Synod of Ohio.

1955, Aug. 4. Died at Toledo, Ohio.


Mildred M. Burns

1889, June 27. Born at Stanton, Mich.

1911 . B. A., Alma College.

1915, M. A., University of Michigan.

1915-1924. Teacher in schools in New York, Michigan, and Ohio.

1924-1957. Teacher of English, Latin, and German, Morrison R. Waite High School, Toledo, Ohio.

1983, Mar. 3. Died at Toledo, Ohio.



Scope and Content Note

The William C. and Mildred M. Burns Papers consist primarily of material generated by the elder of the two. Since he reached such an advanced age, he received much attention in publications and in the community. As a result, many of the letters and other material have to do with his one-hundredth birthday. Certain other items in the collection have to do with celebrations at churches where he had served as a pastor, especially those at the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, Michigan.

The material likely to have the greatest interest to researchers is the minutes and reports of the Toledo Presbytery (1927-1931). These contain reports from individual churches in Northwest Ohio as well as actions taken by the Presbytery concerning financial, organizational, and other matters. Noteworthy too are the questionnaires concerning the history and present conditions of local churches to which pastors responded in 1927. Besides this material, researchers may find the school publications and commencement programs of Morrison R. Waite High School and the history of the Toledo branch.

Container List

Folder List

Box  Folder  
1   William C. Burns
Toledo Presbytery
Minutes and reports, 1927-1931
Historical questionnaires, 1927



General, 1912-1939


ToHenry M. Ford, 1936-1946


Incoming, 1923-1955


Essays, poems, sermons


Commonplace book


100th birthday, testimonial dinners, and death 100th birthday - guest register and scrapbook


First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, Mich.


Miscellaneous church programs

  11 Alice M. (Collins) Burns -correspondence
    Mildred M. Burns

Correspondence, Incoming, 1937-1966


Essays, poems, short story


Morrison R. Waite High School


School material, miscellaneous


Wilson Bible Class


Alma College alumnae material



  19 American Association of University Women. Toledo Branch -History, 1900- 1950




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