Finding aid created by: FED
Date: Apr 1971
|25 Apr 2010||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|20 Dec 2016||rehoused, inventory updated, index code updated (MS, MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890.|
|Title:||Richard Francis Burton Papers|
|Quantity:||0.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||British explorer of India and Africa, world traveler, orientalist, author, linguist, translator of The Arabian nights. Collection includes correspondence (1855-1891); contracts with publishers; and essays by Burton. Correspondence includes letters from Lady Burton (Isabel Arundell), including some to Algernon Charles Swinburne, and letters by Burton regarding Africa and the Orient.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was a 19th century British explorer, translator, Orientalist, author, linguist, poet and translator of The Arabian nights.
Born in Devon, England, Burton's early education was largely from tutors due to his family's habit of extensive and frequent travel. He went to Trinity College, Oxford in 1840; upon his expulsion in 1842 he traveled to India, where he began his lifelong study of Eastern languages, societies and customs. The following years were filled with travel and adventure, including a pilgrimage to Mecca for which Burton disguised himself as a native, an exploit which made him famous. In the 1850s he explored the interior of Somali land and made an expedition to the sources of the Nile. In 1861 he married Isabel Arundell (1831-1896) and shortly thereafter entered the British foreign service and was consul in Fernando Po, Brazil, Damascus and Trieste. In his later years Burton produced many travel books as well as translations of The Arabian Nights and an edition of the Kama Sutra in English.
The Richard Francis Burton Papers are arranged in four series: correspondence, legal records, writings, and miscellany. A small portion of the papers relate to Burton's wife, Lady Isabel Burton.
Correspondence, approximately 70 items, deal with Oriental languages, translation problems, theories about Africa, mining on the Gold Coast, foreign service and the like. There are also 17 letters from Lady Isabel, three of which are to the British poet Algernon Swinburne.
Legal records consists of two agreements between publishing houses and Lady Isabel.
Writings consist of two articles and two book reviews by Burton, in both published and draft formats.
Miscellany contains a copy of a contemporary review of Burton's translation of The Lusiads and a few other items of ephemera.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically; an index to correspondents appears at the end of this inventory. Other material is arranged alphabetically by type or title.
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Burton, Isabel, Lady, 1831-1896.
Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890.
Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909.
Authors and publishers -- Contracts and specifications.
Africa -- Discovery and exploration.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Richard Francis Burton Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Frederick P. Hier, 1955.
Memorabilia - Scrapbooks
Index to correspondence
|Box 1||1855, 1865, 1868-1891, undated (21 folders)|
|Box 1||Baddeley, St. Clair 1883-1889 - album of letters from Burton|
|Box 1||Agreement, I. Burton with H. King & Co. 1875|
|Box 1||Agreement, I. Burton with W. Tinsley 1868|
|Memorabilia - Scrapbooks|
|Oversize 2||"Agents" 1870-1888 - primarily accounting documents in scrapbook form, with some legal material|
|See also Commissions, below, for items which were laid in and have been foldered separately for preservation purposes.|
|Oversize 1||"Arabian Nights" 1885-1886 - clippings of reviews of the 1885 book 'Arabian Nights', including correspondence|
|Box 1||"Burton's Lusiads" 1876-1889 - clippings and reviews of the 1880 book of Burton's, including correspondence|
|Oversize 2||[Clippings] 1875, 1886-1887, undated|
|Oversize 2||Commissions [from the 'Agents' scrapbook] 1843, 1846, 1872, 1883|
|These items were originally laid in the "Agent" scrapbook above, but have been foldered separately for protections. Items include letters from the Governor Council in Bombay for Burton's Indian Army service, a letter of appointment as Consul to Austria in Trieste, and an appointment letter as Knight Commander in the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George from Queen Victoria.|
|Oversize 2||"Durrants and other press clippings 1893, chiefly on 'Life' " 1885-1896|
|Box 1||"The Inner Life of Syria, Palestine, and the Holy Land" 1975-1876 - clippings and reviews of the 1875 book by Lady Isabel Burton (Mrs. Richard Burton) along with correspondence|
|Box 2||"Isabel Burton Scraps also Sir Richard's from June'88 to February '89" 1880-1881, 1888-1889|
|Box 2||[Lady Burton] Scrapbook 1886-1888 - clippings mainly about Isabel Burton's translations of her husband's works|
|Box 2||Jose Basilio de Gama, the Man and the Poet circa 1878|
|Box 2||This is How the War Began 1882|
|Box 2||The Life of Stratford Canning by S, Lane-Poole 1888 - reproduction from The Academy (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Travels in Tunisia by A. Graham and H. S. Ashbee 1888 - drafts and reproduction (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Review of The Lusiads, other items 1861-1881|