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George N. Burleigh diary, 1888

Summary Information

Abstract

George N. Burleigh was a New York City resident who served as a Christian missionary in Cape Town, South Africa. This collection contains a handwritten diary detailing his work in Cape Town in 1888.

At a Glance

Bib ID 11616754 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Burleigh, George N
Title George N. Burleigh diary, 1888
Physical Description 0.25 linear feet (0.25 linear feet; 1 box)
Language(s) English .
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series in original order.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the handwritten diary of missionary George N. Burleigh, detailing his work in South Africa in 1888, the year he turned twenty. The 230 page diary includes entries for every day of that year, and describes Burleigh's encounters and surroundings, and includes opinions on the state of religion and "the souls of the African people." The diary also provides insights into conditions and conversations among the following religious groups: Roman Catholics, Seventh Day Adventists, Jews, Muslims, The Salvation Army, South African Methodists, and indigenous Khoikhoi ('Hottentot') religions. The diary frequently compares aspects of New York culture and the South African way of life; for example, occupational and commercial activities, modes of entertainment (long excurses on smoking, drinking, and dancing), and gender relations.

  • George N. Burleigh diary, 1888

    This series contains the handwritten diary of missionary George N. Burleigh, detailing his work in South Africa in 1888, the year he turned twenty. The 230 page diary includes entries for every day of that year, and describes Burleigh's encounters and surroundings, and includes opinions on the state of religion and "the souls of the African people." The diary also provides insights into conditions and conversations among the following religious groups: Roman Catholics, Seventh Day Adventists, Jews, Muslims, The Salvation Army, South African Methodists, and indigenous Khoikhoi ('Hottentot') religions. The diary frequently compares aspects of New York culture and the South African way of life; for example, occupational and commercial activities, modes of entertainment (long excurses on smoking, drinking, and dancing), and gender relations.

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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

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Preferred Citation

Item description, George N. Burleigh diary, 1888, box #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Materials were wrapped in acid-free paper and placed in a new acid-free folder and box. The finding aid was created by Erin Campbell and Brigette C. Kamsler in 2015 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.

Revision Description

2021-01-05 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Cape Town (South Africa) -- Economic conditions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cape Town (South Africa) -- Social conditions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

George N. Burleigh was a New York City resident who served as a Christian missionary in Cape Town, South Africa. Burleigh was in a party of other missionaries who first sailed from New York to Cape Town in May 1887, arriving in July 1887. Burleigh lived on 5 Scott Street in Cape Town. The majority of Burleigh's work was through the sale of religious tracts and magazines.