William Sherman Burgoyne papers, circa 1890-1964  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Burgoyne, William Sherman, 1901-1964.
Title
William Sherman Burgoyne papers
Dates
circa 1890-1964 (inclusive)
Quantity
6.5 cubic feet, (17 document cases and 3 oversize folders)
Collection Number
Coll 602
Summary
Papers and images relating to the life and career of Methodist minister William Sherman Burgoyne.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Sherman Burgoyne was born on October 24, 1901 in Stevensville, Montana, to James Henry and Lola Helena Burgoyne. He was a descendant of the British general John Burgoyne, who had been defeated at the Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolution. William S. Burgoyne attended several institutions of higher education, including the Kimball School of Theology at Willamette University, and became a Methodist minister.

During his career as minister, which lasted until his retirement in 1957, Reverend Burgoyne preached in a number of Oregon towns including Hood River, McFarland, LaGrande, Turner, Cresswell, Sheridan, Lakewood, and Marshfield, as well as in Portland, Oregon, and Spokane, Washington. In 1934, he took a trip to the Holy Land, and for several years afterwards gave lectures at various Oregon churches about his experiences and observations from his travels.

In 1944, while Burgoyne was minister at the Asbury Methodist Church in Hood River, Oregon, the local chapter of the American Legion removed the names of 16 Japanese Americans from local memorial listing local citizens serving in the Armed Forces, claiming that they were dual citizens of Japan and the United States, and therefore suspect and unwelcome. Burgoyne publicly criticized the move, and he and his wife Doris gained national attention for their unyielding stance against bigotry and discrimination. Although his speaking out earned the enmity of locals and led to a decline in his church’s membership, in 1947 the Council Against Intolerance in America honored Burgoyne with the Thomas Jefferson Prize.

In addition to his preaching and social activism, Burgoyne joined the Grand Lodge of Oregon Freemasons in 1941, and was involved with the Masons for the rest of his life. He was elected Master of the Hood River Lodge in 1944.

Burgoyne married Doris Caple in 1920, with whom he had one daughter, Ruth. He died while on vacation in Yuma, Arizona, in 1964.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of materials relating to the life and career of Methodist minister William Sherman Burgoyne. In addition to personal papers and photographs, the collection reflects Burgoyne’s social activism, particularly his opposition to discrimination towards Japanese Americans. Other significant portions of the collection pertain to Burgoyne’s membership in the Freemasons, and his travels in 1934 to North Africa, the Holy Land, and Europe, as well as the lectures he gave about said travels.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

William Sherman Burgoyne papers, Coll 602, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A :   Personal and professional papers ,  1922-1964 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Bulletin re Methodist conference
circa 1937
1/2
Certificate awarded to Burgoyne by McMinnville Rotary Club
Burgoyne had been a guest speaker at the club.
1935 August 9
1/3
Revolving fund certificate from Hood River Grange Supply Company
1947 March 1
1/4
Certificate of Retirement
1957 June 14
1/5
Certificate from War Finance Committee
1943
1/6
Columbia College yearbook, The Cayuse
1923
1/7
Columbia College yearbook, The Cayuse
1924
1/8
Commencement address, "Electives"
undated
Subseries 1 : Correspondence
Box/Folder
1/9
Correspondence re application to serve as chaplain in the armed forces
1942-1943
1/10
Letter re ten dollar donation to Burgoyne's church
1949 January 19
1/11
Greeting cards
1948, undated
1/12
Note from James Henry Burgoyne
1940 September
1/13
Letter from James Henry Burgoyne
1940 October 19
1/14
Letter from James Henry Burgoyne
1940 December 25
1/15
Letters from Lola Helena Burgoyne
1953; undated
1/16
Telegram from "Mother" to William Sherman Burgoyne
Presumably sent by Lola Helena Burgoyne.
1948 December 3
1/17
Letter from William Sherman Burgoyne to James Henry Burgoyne
1947 April 21
1/18
Letters from William Sherman Burgoyne to classmates at Kimball School of Theology
1933
1/19
Thank-you note from family of Josephine Caple
Caple was Burgoyne's mother-in-law.
1948
1/20
Letter from Marion S. Felter
1942 March 9
1/21
Letter from Portland Mayor Fred L. Peterson
Letter thanks Burgoyne for delivering invocation at City Hall.
1955 May 25
1/22
Letter from John Phillip Schmook
1944 March 14
Box/Folder
Oversize 1
Diploma and certificate awarded to Burgoyne by Methodist Episcopal Church
1930 June 28-29
1/23
Educational diplomas
1924; 1928; 1932; undated
1/24
Guest book for William Sherman and Doris A. Burgoyne's 25th wedding anniversary celebration
1945 March 16
1/25
Itinierary for San Francisco trip
1964 March
1/26
Renewal of license to preach the Gospel
1922 July
1/27
Meier & Frank account balances
1937
1/28
"The Methodist Youth Fellowship: A Brief Description of the Youth Program of the Methodist Church"
1941
1/29
Newspaper column, "Meditations
1935-1938; undated
1/30
Handwritten notes for lectures/discussions
circa 1941
1/31
Materials re Oregon Conference of the Methodist Church
1961, 1963
1/32
Oregon Conference Methodist Youth Fellowship
1962-1963
3/1
Program fro Willamette University commencement ceremony
1932 June 13
2/1
Scrapbook
3/2
Sermons, radio addresses, and ephemera
Materials removed from a three-ring binder.
undated
3/3-3/5
Funeral sermons
undated
3/6
Sermon, "Lincoln: A Man of Poise in a World of Panic"
1941
3/7
Service program, "Praise and Thanksgiving for Peace"
1945
3/8
Service programs for Asbury Methodist Church, Hood River, Oregon
1946
3/9
Service program for Asbury Methodist Church, Hood River, Oregon
1948 May 2
3/10
Service program for Lents Methodist Church, Portland, Oregon
1948 August 1
3/11
Service program for Lents Methodist Church, Portland, Oregon
1949 January 30
3/12
Service program for Lents Methodist Church, Portland, Oregon
1950 October 15
3/13
Program for Rose City Park Methodist Church Easter service
1959 March 29
3/14
Service programs for Methodist Church of Sheridan, Oregon
1935 October
3/15
Service program for University Park Methodist Church, Portland, Oregon
1954 August 29
3/16
Service program for University Park Methodist Church, Portland, Oregon
1955 May 1

Series B :   Freemasonry ,  1928-1962 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/17
Address by Dr. Albert A. Witham
circa 1942
3/18
Address given at 57th Annual Conclave
circa 1942
3/19
Grand Master annual addresses
1944; 1946; 1959
3/20
Advertisements for Masonic Analyst/Oregon Mason
undated
Subseries 1 : Articles and publications
Box/Folder
3/21
Catalog for Masonic costumes and supplies
1943
3/22
Catalog, the Temple Publishers, "Books for Freemasons"
1943
3/23
Clippings and articles re Freemasonry
3/24
Issue of The Greater Light
1959 June
4/1
History of the Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of Oregon, from 1846 to 1901 Inclusive, Vol. 1
1961
3/25
How Masonry Came to Oregon
1948
4/2
Masonic Analyst articles
1942 March; 1943 March; 1950 March
4/3
Issue of Masonic Analyst
1942 October 6
4/4
Issue of Masonic Tribune
1958 August 25
4/5
Oregon Freemason article, "Speculative Marks"
1953 August
4/6
Issue of Oregon Mason
1946 September
4/7
"Mormonism and Masonry: A Look Today at an Old Utah Problem"
1954
4/8
Proof copy of William S. Burgoyne's article, "The Antiquity of Masonry"
1942
4/9
Scholarly articles on masonry
undated
4/10
Issue of Star of Oregon
1958 May
4/11
Uniform Work Instructions
1955
Box/Folder
4/12, Oversize 2
Certificates
1944-1960
4/13
Chapter roster
1944 December 31
4/14
Clipping with photo of Masonic installation ceremony participants, including Doris Burgoyne
1947
4/15
Code book
undated
Subseries 2 : Correspondence
Box/Folder
4/16
Correspondence
1941
5/1
Correspondence
1942
5/2
Correspondence
1943-1944
5/3
Correspondence
1945
5/4
Correspondence
1946-1948
5/5
Correspondence
1959-1960; 1962
5/6
Correspondence
undated
5/7
Correspondence with Elbert Bede
1944 March
5/8
Letter from Stanley V. Cochran
1941 October 31
5/9
Letters to W. R. Lee from A & C Feldenheimer, Inc. re Masonic emblems
Includes sketches of how emblems should appear. Documents probably came into Burgoyne's possession when he was Master of Hood River Lodge.
1928 December 29; 1929 January 2
5/10
Handwritten memo from Burgoyne to "Brother Marshall" and Kent Shoemaker
circa 1944
Box/Folder
5/11
Directories
1956-1957
5/12
Doric Lodge No. 132 Communications and Trestle Boards
1957; 1960
5/13
Election notice
1942 November 19
5/14
Membership election notices
1944 January 6
5/15
Event notices and invitations
1941-1944; 1959
5/16
Event programs
1942-1963; undated
Subseries 3 : Financial records
Box/Folder
6/1
Bill from Marshfield Lodge of Perfection
1943 December 22
6/2
Blanco Lodge No. 48 checks and receipts
1941
6/3
Statement and notice from Blanco Lodge No. 48
1941 December
6/4
Hood River Lodge budget
Copy which was sent to Burgoyne circa 1944.
1942
Box/Folder
6/5
Blank form of notice for committee report due date
circa 1944
5/17
Grand Lodge of Oregon Constitution and by-laws
1951 June
6/6
Holder for Knights Templar membership card
undated
6/7
Hood River Commandery directory/calendar
1941
6/8
Hood River Lodge announcements
1943 December
6/9
Hood River Lodge directory/calendars
1945, 1947, 1958
6/10
Lents Lodge Trestle Board
1960
6/11
List of constituent lodges in Grand Lodge of Oregon
1959
6/12
List of degrees conferred at Hood River Lodge
1944 January-March
6/13
List of elected and appointed Masons at 94th Annual Communication of Grand Lodge of Oregon
1944
6/14
List of Initiates
1942-1943
6/15
List of names
Names are presumably of Freemasons.
undated
6/16
List of names to be added to the 1941 Hood River Lodge Calendar
1944
6/17
List of Oregon Lodges
undated
6/18
List of Oregon Masons struck from the roll, reinstated, withdrawn, or suspended
1944-1945
6/19
M. E. M. Degree lecture
undated
6/20
Masonic Code of Oregon and Manual of the Lodge
1940
6/21
"Masonry Defined"
circa 1943
6/22
Multnomah Lodge No. 1 monthly bulletin
1959 January
6/23
Notes on 57th Annual Assembly, Grand Council, Royal and Select Masters
circa 1942
6/24
Notes on 83rd Annual Convocation
circa 1942
6/25
Notes from Grand Lodge School of Instruction
1957 June 10-11
6/26
Handwritten notes re Masonry
undated
6/27
Typed and handwritten notes re Mansonry
undated
6/28
Handwritten poem about Masonry on back of blank form
undated
6/29
Philalethes Society materials
1946-1947
6/30
"Pit Falls Along the Road"
undated
Oversize 3
Poster with text about history of Freemasons in Oregon
1941
6/31
Program for Super-Excellent Masters Degree Performance
1946 April 9
6/32
Remarks by William Sherman Burgoyne upon being elected Master of Hood River Lodge
1944
6/33
Report of Committee on Necrology
circa 1944
6/34
Ribbons
1942, 1946
6/35
Sunrise Lodge No. 196 Trestle Boards
1960 May-June, 1961 September
6/36
"Third Lecture"
undated

Series C :   Activism ,  1940-1955 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/37
An American Answer to Intolerance
1940
Subseries 1 : Articles and clippings
Box/Folder
6/38
Compilation of Christian Century articles about Burgoyne
1946
6/39
"The Great American Swindle," by Bradford Smith
1947
6/40
"Our Worst Wartime Mistake," by Eugene V. Rostow
1945 September
6/41
Untitled article by Richard J. Walsh re immigration law
circa 1947
6/42
Clippings re anti-Japanese American discrimination and reactions thereto
6/43
Clippings and ephemera re immigration and anti-discrimination legislation
6/44
Clippings re Japanese Americans
circa 1947
7/1
Clippings re recognition for Burgoyne's activism
1946-1947, undated
7/2
Clippings re social concern and activism
Clippings do not mention Burgoyne.
Subseries 1 : Correspondence
Box/Folder
7/3
Letter from Fannie K. Friedman and enclosed Department of Justice press release re "Race Situation Directive"
1946 March 16
7/4
Letter from Mike Masaoka of Japense American Citizens League
Letter congratulates Burgoyne on his appointment to a church in Spokane, and provides contact information for local Japanese American Citizens League offices.
1947 July 29
7/5
Letter from Carl Soule re article on Hood River controversy
1945 December 3
Box/Folder
7/6
Facts about Japanese Americans
1946
7/7
Editorial, "For Valor!" by Richard L. Neuberger
1946 December 3
7/8
Handwritten piece describing Burgoyne's stance against bigotry
circa 1946
7/9
Invitation card, "Protest Stereotype!"
circa 1951
7/10
Issue of Hood River News
Includes article about American Legion headquarters asking Hood River chapter to reinstate names of Japanese-American soliders on the local monument.
1945 January 26
7/11
Issue of "Mid-Columbia Bulletin" with article about Burgoyne
1947
7/12
Issue of Reader's Digest with article on Hood River Controversy
1946 November
7/13-7/15
Issue of The Saturday Reivew of Literature
3 copies of the same issue, which includes a piece on the Hood River controversy. Each copy includes inserted clippings and ephemera
1946 August 10
7/16
Issue of The Vagabond with piece about Hood River Controversy
1946 December
7/17
Issue of "Wallace J. Millers Newsletter," "Friends, We Are Ashamaed of Hood River"
1945 April
8/1
Legislative bills
1946-1947
8/2
Letter to editor by William S. Burgoyne re Silver Shirts
circa 1939
8/3
Paid open letter in Hood River News by Avon W. Sutton, "Witch Burning"
1945 May 25
8/4
Nisei in Uniform
circa 1944
8/5
"Pertinent Facts about Relocation Centers and Americans of Japanese Ancestry"
1944 November 23
8/6
Scrapbook
1945-1955
Subseries 2 : Thomas Jefferson Prize and speaking tour
Box/Folder
8/7
Address given by Burgoyne upon receiving prize
1947 April 13
8/8
Contract with Everett James Starr
Contract gives Starr exclusive rights to any articles or books about activism that led to Burgoyne's receiving the Thomas Jefferson prize.
1947 April 17
8/9
Correspondence
1947 February-May
8/10
Issue of Willamette Alumnus with piece about Burgoyne receiving prize
1947 May
8/11
Itinerary for trip to receive prize and subsequent speaking tour
1947
8/12
Notes and ephemera from trip to receive prize and subsequent speaking tour
1947
8/13
Program for Thomas Jefferson Prize presentation dinner
1947 April 13
8/14
Program for service led by Burgoyne at Japanese Methodist Church, New York City
1947 April 13
8/15
Transcript of interview of Burgoyne by Nancy Osgood
1947 April

Series D :   Travel to the Holy Land , 1929-1952,   (bulk 1934) Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8/15
An Atlas of the Life of Christ
8/16
Brochure for 1935 Annual Pilgrimage Cruise
Burgoyne did not partake in the 1935 cruise.
Subseries 1 : Ephemera
Includes items that were perhaps not created in 1934, but which Burgoyne acquired in 1934.
Box/Folder
8/18
Christmas cards with sprig of gradd and pressed flowers from the Holy Land
8/19
Hotel stationery
8/20
Hotel stickers/decals, calling cards, etc.
8/21
James Boring Company stickers/decals
8/22
Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen stationery
9/1
Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen stickers/decals
Box/Folder
9/2
Issue of Cruise News
1934 March 3
9/3
Published letter from Bud Robinson
Letter mentions Burgoyne by name.
1934 March
9/4
Memo book with notes
1934
9/5
Handwritten newsletter, "The Television"
Includes drawing and poem relating to Burgoyne's battles with seasickness during his trip. Removed from scrapbook in 2/1.
1935 November 20
9/6
Typed and handwritten notes re travels
Presumably used as the basis for Burgoyne's lectures. Covers North Africa and Europe. Removed from a 3-ring binder.
1934
9/7
Typed and handwritten notes re travels
Presumably used as the basis for Burgoyne's lectures. Covers the Holy Land. Removed from a three-ring binder.
1934
9/8
Notice of deposit
1934 January 22
9/9
Passenger list for Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen ship Europa
Ship by which Burgoyne returned to the United States. Folder contains two copies, one of which includes a handwritten note from a fellow passenger, addressed to Burgoyne's wife, complimenting Burgoyne's conduct and demeanor during the voyage.
1934 March 30
9/10
Programs, clippings, and ephemera re lectures on travels
1934-1936, 1952, undated
9/11
Souvenir scrapbook re travel and lectures
Presented to Burgoyne by the First Methodist Church of Klamath Falls, Oregon.
1934 November
9/12
"Traveller's Note-Book for Palestine"
1931
9/13
Valentine's Day note
Note written while Burgoyne was crossing the Atlantic on the ship Columbus.
1934 February 14

Series E :   Photographs and postcards ,  circa 1890-1961 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
11/1
Album
circa 1900-1925
12/1
Album
circa 1930
12/2-12/7
Personal and family photographs
circa 1920-1960
12/8
William S. Burgoyne and family on Mt. Hood
1930, 1931, undated
12/9
William S. Burgoyne and family at firewatch tower, unidentified location
1955 August
12/10
Colorized photograph of Burgoyne preaching
circa 1945
12/11
Colorized photographs of William S. and Doris Burgoyne
circa 1945
12/12
Family photographs
circa 1890-1918
12/13
Gifford photo set of Mt. Hood
undated
Box 15
Group photo at Methodist Conference in Milton, Oregon
Access to this item is restricted for preservation reasons.
1928 Agust 22
Box 15
Group photo at Northwest Assembly Conference in Corvallis, Oregon
Access to this item is restricted for preservation reasons.
1926 August 25
12/14
Hood River Japanese American families
circa 1945-1961
13/1
Masonic photographs
1944-circa 1960
13/2
Postcard of Methodist Church in Stevensville, Montana
circa 1925
13/3
Montana postcard
undated
13/4
Postcards of Okinawa
circa 1946
13/5
Postcards from trip to receive Thomas Jefferson Prize and subsequent speaking tour
1947
13/6
Spokane, Washington
1948
13/7
Photographs from trip to New York for Thomas Jefferson Prize and subsequent speaking tour
1947
14/1-14/3
Travel photographs
Large prints of selected photographs taken during Burgoyne's trip to the Holy Land, North Africa, and Europe.
1934
13/8-13/9
Travel snapshots
1934
Subseries 1 : Postcards and souvenir photographs from Holy Land travels.
Creation dates unknown, but images were purchased by Burgoyne during his travels to the Holy Land and elsewhere in 1934.
Box/Folder
13/10
Postcards of Cairo and environs
13/11
Postcards of Greece
13/12
Colorized postcards of the Holy Land
13/13
Postcards of the Holy Land
13/14
Postcards of Istanbul
13/15
Postcards of Nazareth
13/16
Norddeutscher Lloyd postcards
13/17
Postcards of North Africa
13/18
Postcards of Pompeii, Italy
13/19
Set of postcards of Rome
13/20
Souvenir photo book of Cairo
13/21
Souvenir snapshots of Cairo
13/22
Souvenir snapshots of the Pyramids

Series F :   Other materials ,  circa 1925-1964 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1 : Articles and clippings
Box/Folder
9/14
Clippings re Reverend Paul Roland Ackerman's evasion of the draft
circa 1943
9/15
Clippings re Burgoyne
9/16
Clippings re family members
9/17
Articles and clippings re death and the afterlife
9/18
"If America Enters the War, What Shall I Do?"
1941
9/19
"The Logic of War"
1941
9/20
"What Are We Afraid Of?"
circa 1950
9/21
"We Need a WORKING Faith!"
1942 February 12
Box/Folder
9/22
James Henry Burgoyne's certificate of membership to Lents Methodist Church
1950 April 2
9/23
Christmas card and letter from Zada and Albert Burgoyne to James Henry Burgoyne
1948 December 14
9/24
General ephemera
9/25
Lists of names and addresses
circa 1947
10/1
William S. and Doris Burgoyne's membership cards
1940- circa 1954
10/2
Memorial service program for Elizabeth Bowker
Service in Burgoyne's hometown of Stevensville, Montana, which Burgoyne led. Includes a clipping.
1955 August 3
10/3
Memorial service program for Josephine Caple
1948 August 24
10/4
Memorial service program for James Henry Burgoyne
1951 March 2
10/5
Memorial service program for Lola Helena Burgoyne
1959 February 11
10/6
"The Name and Family of Burgoyne," by Bonnie White
undated
10/7
Names tags
circa 1944, 1952-1953
10/8
Laminated obituary for Lola Helena Burgoyne
1959 February
10/9
Poem about Willamette University
Authorship of poem unclear.
undated
10/10
Program for Winter Musicn Festival in Hood River, Oregon
Doris Burgoyne was a member of the choir for the event.
circa 1943
10/11
Song and play texts
circa 1925-1964
17/10
Slide with church schedule for Sundays
Access to this item is restricted.
circa 1935

Series G :   Travel lantern slides ,  1934 Return to Top

Slides made from photographs taken by Burgoyne during his 1934 trip to the Holy Land, North Africa, and Europe. These, alongside commercially-produced slides, were used in Burgoyne's lectures about his travels.

Access to this series is restricted.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
16/1
New York, Gibraltar, Spain
1934 February
16/2
Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia
1934
16/3-16/4
Egypt
1934 March
16/5-16/9, 17/1-17/2
Holy Land
1934 March
17/3
France, Greece, Lebanon, Turkey
1934
17/4
Italy
1934
17/5-17/9
Uncertain/Unidentified locations
Majority of images in these folders were probably taken in the Holy Land.
1934

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Freemasonry--Oregon
  • Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Japanese Americans--Oregon--Hood River.
  • Methodism--Oregon
  • Social action--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Burgoyne, Doris, 1901-1961
  • Burgoyne, Doris, 1901-1961--Photographs
  • Burgoyne, William Sherman, 1901-1964--Archives
  • Burgoyne, William Sherman, 1901-1964--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Council Against Intolerance in America
  • Freemasons. Grand Lodge of Oregon
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Family Names :
  • Burgoyne family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Africa, North--Description and travel
  • Africa, North--Photographs
  • Egypt--Description and travel
  • Egypt--Photographs
  • Europe--Description and travel
  • Europe--Photographs
  • Hood River (Or.)--Social action
  • Italy--Description and travel
  • Italy--Photographs
  • Middle East--Description and travel
  • Middle East--Photographs
  • Palestine--Description and travel
  • Palestine--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence.
  • Lantern slides
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Printed ephemera
  • Scrapbooks