South Burn Papers, 1891-2004 PDF
- Burn, South--1924-
- South Burn Papers
- 1891-2004 (inclusive)18912004
- 3.0 linear feet
- Collection Number
- 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.
- Western Washington University, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building
808 25th St.
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open to the public.
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
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.
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
Notice of Name Change
Notice of Separation from the U.S. Naval Service
Waldron School appreciation card
Waldron School poster
University of Washington diploma
University of Washington transcript
Hawaiian automobile license
United States Coast Guard License to Operate Passenger Carrying Vessels
Society of Small Craft Designers Certificate
Analysis of handwriting
Series II: Correspondence, 1941-1994Return to Top
Series III: Writings and Publications, 1966-1994Return to Top
Sample of writings
Oral history from Ron Strickland's "Whistlepunks & Geoducks: Oral Histories from the Pacific Northwest"
Articles re: South Burn
Letters to the Editor
"The Future of the San Juan Islands"
"Tourism: A Closer Look"
"A Community Based Tourism Plan"
Tourism in the San Juan Islands: A Summary Position Paper
The Urbanization of San Juan County: A Collection of Quotes, compiled by South Burn
Talks to friends
Talks and speeches
Series IV: Research and Notes, 1891-1994Return to Top
San Juan County Superior Court: Orelman v. Carlson
Tourism Planning Workshop
Waldron School attendees
List of boats that have brought mail to Waldron
Original Waldron road map
U.S. Geological Survey Map of Waldron
Hearing on proposal for formulation of a New School District - Waldron Island
Suggested members of Waldron re-organization committee
Kids' views on Waldron Island
San Juan County Long Range Transportation Plan
Arthur Boyd - "What will be the quality of life in San Juan County 33 years"
Tides and coastlands
Regional Exchange newsletter
Northwest Coastal Information Center acquisitions list
Walliam R. Varge - "The Freedom of Information Act"
Charles Kelley - "Radix articles"
Luna B. Leopold and Maurice H. Halstead - "First Trials of the Schaefer-Langmuir Dry Ice Technique in Hawaii"
Annie Dillard articles
Newspaper and magazine clippings
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