South Burn Papers, 1891-2004  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Burn, South--1924-
Title
South Burn Papers
Dates
1891-2004 (inclusive)
1960-1994 (bulk)
Quantity
3.0 linear feet
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0339
Summary
The South Burn papers consist of the personal papers, correspondence, writings, and research of a resident and active community member of Waldron Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington State.
Repository
Western Washington University, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building
808 25th St.
Bellingham, WA
98225
Telephone: 360-650-7534
cpnws@wwu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

South (Robin) Burn was a resident and active community member of Waldron Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. He was born in Washington D.C. on May 20, 1924, the second son of June and Farrar Burn. While South and his older brother, North, were growing up, the Burn family traveled extensively around the United States, alternating between California, Oregon, Washington, and Johns and Waldron Islands in the San Juans.

During World War II, South was in Naval ROTC and later commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserves. After the war he attended the University of Washington where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Meteorology. In 1946, South married Doris Wernstedt whom he had met as a child on Waldron Island. Together the couple had four children: Mark, Lisa, Robin Skye, and Cameron. South spent some summers fishing and then became a contractor, building houses and shuttling back and forth between the mainland and Waldron Island where the Burn family lived in a cabin they had built.

Throughout the 1960s and the next several decades, South conducted extensive research, published writings in local newspapers, and spoke to various boards and committees on matters related to San Juan County’s transportation, tourism, and general urbanization policies (including the construction of Waldronaire Airport). South and Doris separated after eight years of marriage but remained close friends until his death in 1994.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The South Burn Papers date from 1894 to 2004 (bulk 1960-1994), and comprise the personal papers, correspondence, writings, and research of a resident and active community member of Waldron Island in Washington State. The collection documents Burn's interest in and activism relating to tourism and urbanization trends impacting San Juan County. Personal papers dated 1919-2004 include Burn's college transcripts and certificates, as well as photographs depicting family and other members of the Waldron Island community. The collection also contains letters, and a range of writings, articles, letters to the editor, talks, and other publications primarily related to San Juan Island tourism, urbanization, and transportation. Research and notes include files on various topics of interest to South Burn, with the majority of materials focused specifically on Waldron Island and San Juan County.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Publication Restriction until 2025: The researcher must receive written permission from the donor or individual authorized by the donor before quotation or reproduction of papers for publication.

Preferred Citation

South Burn Papers, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Western Washington University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Personal Papers, 1942-2004Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Notice of Name Change
1947 September
1/2
Notice of Separation from the U.S. Naval Service
1946
1/3
Waldron School appreciation card
1983
Oversize Folder
OVF/1
Waldron School poster
1997
Box/Folder
1/4
University of Washington diploma
1947
1/5
University of Washington transcript
1942-1947
1/6
Hawaiian automobile license
1947
1/7
United States Coast Guard License to Operate Passenger Carrying Vessels
1968 June
1/8
Society of Small Craft Designers Certificate
1970
1/9
Personality test
1960
1/10
Analysis of handwriting
1960 December
1/11
Memorial information
1994
1/12
Photographs
1919-2004
Oversize Folder
OVF/2
Photographs
1972

Series II:  Correspondence, 1941-1994Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/13
Annie Dillard
1982-1994
1/14-2/8
General
1940s-1994

Series III:  Writings and Publications, 1966-1994Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/9
General
undated
2/10
Sample of writings
undated
2/11
Oral history from Ron Strickland's "Whistlepunks & Geoducks: Oral Histories from the Pacific Northwest"
circa 1990
3/1-3/2
Articles
1980-1992
3/3
Articles re: South Burn
circa 1980s-1990s
3/4-3/6
Letters to the Editor
circa 1966-1994
Tourism
Box/Folder
3/7-3/8
General
circa 1960s-1990s
3/9
"Tourism"
undated
4/1
"The Future of the San Juan Islands"
circa 1988
4/2
"Tourism: A Closer Look"
1986
4/3
"A Community Based Tourism Plan"
undated
4/4
Tourism in the San Juan Islands: A Summary Position Paper
1983
4/5
The Urbanization of San Juan County: A Collection of Quotes, compiled by South Burn
1980
4/6
Waldron Island
circa 1970s
4/7
Book reviews
1984-1985
4/8
Talks to friends
1990
4/9
Talks and speeches
cira 1970s-1980s
Box/Folder
4/10
Creative writing
circa 1960s-1970s

Series IV:  Research and Notes, 1891-1994Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/1
Waldronaire Airport
1975-1976
5/2
San Juan County Superior Court: Orelman v. Carlson
undated
5/3
Tourism Planning Workshop
1992
5/4
Waldron School attendees
undated
5/5
List of boats that have brought mail to Waldron
undated
5/6
Original Waldron road map
1891
5/7
U.S. Geological Survey Map of Waldron
1994
5/8
Hearing on proposal for formulation of a New School District - Waldron Island
1986
5/9
Waldron property
circa 1991
5/10
Suggested members of Waldron re-organization committee
1979
5/11
Kids' views on Waldron Island
1983
5/12
San Juan County Long Range Transportation Plan
1986 July
5/13
Arthur Boyd - "What will be the quality of life in San Juan County 33 years"
1987
5/14
Tides and coastlands
1985
5/15
Log patrols
1985
5/16
Climate
1961-1970
5/17
Regional Exchange newsletter
1983 March
5/18
Northwest Coastal Information Center acquisitions list
1975
5/19
Walliam R. Varge - "The Freedom of Information Act"
1984
5/20
Charles Kelley - "Radix articles"
circa 1977
5/21
Luna B. Leopold and Maurice H. Halstead - "First Trials of the Schaefer-Langmuir Dry Ice Technique in Hawaii"
undated
5/22
Annie Dillard articles
undated
5/23
Collected quotes
undated
5/24-5/25
General notes
undated
Box
Box 6
Newspaper and magazine clippings
circa 1970s-1990s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Community activists--Washington (State)--San Juan County--History--Sources
  • Tourism--Washington (State)--San Juan County--History--Sources
  • Transportation--Washington (State)--San Juan County--History--Sources
  • Urbanization--Washington (State)--San Juan County--History--Sources
  • Personal Names :
  • Burn, South--1924-
  • Geographical Names :
  • San Juan County (Wash.)--History--Sources
  • San Juan Islands (Wash.)--History--Sources
  • Waldron Island (Wash.)--History--Sources