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Title George Burt Papers
Object Name Manuscript
Collection Manuscript Collection
Creator Burt, George, 1817-1893
Scope & Content ACQUISITION: This collection was transferred on permanent loanto the St. Augustine

The Burt Papers include an estimated 10,000 documents related to some of his early life in Vermont and to all of his 50 years in St. Augustine. Retaining any and all documents pertaining to his business and family appears to have been a fetish with the Vermonter. At the end of each year, he would bundle all of the documents of that year into several neat packages, tie them with ribbon or string and file them away. For period of 140 years, the papers remained largely untouched and unexplored. In the preliminary cataloguing and conservation of the papers, the documents have been retained in the same time sequence as they were laid away by George Burt. However for easier use in later research, each year's documents have been segregated by subject matter in individual files

Biographical Notes

George Burt came to St. Augustine from his native Rutland Vermont in the early 1840's. He shortly became a successful wholesale and retail merchant and bookseller with a store on Charlotte Street near Treasury. He later expanded into a broad range of business enterprises, including real estate, insurance, while holding a number of public offices including alderman, commissioner and mayor of St. Augustine. In 1848, he married Lucy Rockwell Peck, daughter of another pioneer family, Dr. and Mrs Seth Peck. He died in St. Augustine in 1893 after a half century as a major figure in the business, social and public life of the city.
Date 06/1984
Year Range from 1831
Year Range to 1894

People Burt, George
Peck, Seth Smith, 1790-1841.
Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Augustine, FL.
Kirby-Smith, Edmund
Burt, Anna Gardner
Object ID MC001
Notes 1. Resident Rutland, VT; moved to St. Augustine in early 1840's. Retail merchant, bookseller, real estate business, mayor and other public offices in St. Augustine.

2. Consists of correspondence, both personal and business, invoices, deeds, record of slave sale, tax receipts, Trinity Church correspondence, correspondence with Gen. Kirby-Smith, and letters of Anna G. Burt, his daughter.

3. Given in 1981 on permanent loan from the Women's Exchange of St. Augustine.
See Finding aid in library for complete contents.
Storage Contents 16 boxes, 352 files
10,000 items (16 linear ft.)