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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute:

A Guide to the Papers of Elizabeth H. Burrows, 1916-2002

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South St. Williamstown, MA 01267

March 31, 2009

Profile Description

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Dani Ryan December 14, 2007
Language: Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

Repository:Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South St.
Williamstown, MA 01267
Creator: Burrows, Elizabeth H.
Title: Papers of Elizabeth H. Burrows
Dates:1916 -2002
Quantity:38.6 linear feet (27 boxes)
Abstract: This series contains the records and papers of Elizabeth H. Burrows, a donor of silver and funds to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
Identification: CAI ARC 2007.50
Language: English

Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into categories of business correspondence, financial records, and personal research and ephemera.

Scope and Contents of the Papers

This series contains personal and business records of Elizabeth (Libby) H. Burrows. Elizabeth Burrows and her husband H. Morris Burrows were major donors to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. In 2000 the Burrowses donated their silver collection which had been on loan to the Clark since 1975. In 2004 the Burrows estate donated 8.4 million dollars to the Clark. At the time it was the largest private donation ever given to the museum. Elizabeth H. Burrows was born Elizabeth Hiscox in 1910. She graduated from Vassar College in 1931. She was married to Philip A. Salmon from 1938 until his death in 1968. She married H. Morris Burrows, a widower, in 1972. Elizabeth Burrows died in 2003. The Burrows' interests, as reflected in this series, included American Silver, Mercer cars, and travel.

The items in this series roughly fall into three categories. The first category, business correspondence, contains correspondence with the Clark and with other museums and dealers about the Burrows Collection including loan records and appraisals. The second series, financial records, includes inventories and receipts for their art and silver collections, records of art works sold, and personal financial records such as insurance policies, real estate, and wills. The Third, and largest, category contains ephemera and personal research about a variety of the Burrows' interests including antique cars, genealogy, travel, and local history. The ephemera also includes college yearbooks from Eunice Sage Burrows, Elizabeth Hiscox Burrows, and Henry Morris Burrows; Elizabeth Burrows' calendars and appointment books from 1958-2000; photographs of the Burrows, their families and friends; and several scrapbooks. The topics of the scrapbooks include family photos, travel abroad, Philip Salmon's WWII service, College event programs an invitations, and antique cars.

The majority of the records relate to Elizabeth H. Burrows but there are also items from her first Husband Philip A. Salmon, her second husband H. Morris Burrows, his first wife Eunice Sage Burrows and Eunice's father Darrow Sage. For instance, the scrapbook of invitations and event programs was compiled by Eunice Sage Burrows.

History of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.

Index Terms


Burrows, Elizabeth Hiscox
Burrows, Eunice Sage
Burrows, H. Morris
Duffy, William Core
Sage, Darrow
Salmon, Philip A.
Soltis, Barbara A.


Albany Institute of History and Art
Bayou Bend Collection
Bernard & S. Dean Levy, Inc.
Cora Ginsburg, Inc.
David Stockwell, Inc.
Dearborn-Morgan School
Firestone and Parson
Gebelein Silversmiths
Helga Photo Studio
Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum Gardens (Del.)
Jonathan Trace Appraisals
Maryland Historical Society. Museum
Mercer Automobile Company
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Pine Manor Junior College
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
United States. Dept. of State
Vassar College
Williams College
Yale University


Antique and classic cars
Art donors
Art museums
Silver bowls
Silver coffeepots
Silver plated ware
Silver saltcellars
Silver servers
Silver sugar bowls
Silver sugar bowls


Williamstown (Mass.)

Document Types:

Appointment books
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Receipts (Financial records)
School yearbooks


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Cite the item (as appropriate)], Records and Papers of Elizabeth H. Burrows, 1927-2002, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Acquisition Information

These records were acquisitioned from the office of the Registrar in December 2007

Processing Information

These records were processed in December 2007. A portion of the records were already processed but not organized. Staples were removed from the unprocessed materials and they were placed in acid-free folders and boxes. The records were organized together into categories.

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