Henry A. and Mary Hayden Burgess papers, 1879-2021

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Burgess, Henry A.; Burgess, Mary Hayden, 1920-
Title
Henry A. and Mary Hayden Burgess papers
Dates
1879-2021 (inclusive)
Quantity
7.92 cubic ft. (8 boxes) + 650 MB
Collection Number
12791
Summary
Collection contains biographical information, correspondence, journals, photo albums, photographs, publications, books, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks about the lives of Henry A. and Mary Hayden Burgess and their families.
Repository
University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
82071
Telephone: 3077663756
ahcref@uwyo.edu
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Henry A. Burgess was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II, an attorney, and a representative in the Wyoming House. He was born on August 22, 1918 to James H. and Helen M. Burgess in Sheridan, Wyoming where he grew up on the NX Ranch. He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in 1940 and joined the 115th Calvary of the Wyoming National Guard. Burgess enrolled at the University of Michigan Law School; however, in 1942 he had to drop out of law school when the 115th Calvary was activated for duty in World War II. He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington where he met his future wife, Mary Ralston Hayden, before being sent to the Pacific Theater. Burgess participated in campaigns in Leyte, Luzon, Manilla, and the Los Banos Raid. After the war he married Mary Hayden in 1946 and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. They moved back to Burgess’s home town of Sheridan, Wyoming where he practiced law for over 40 years. He also served as a member of the Wyoming Legislature from 1949-1951 and as the Sheridan County Attorney. He passed away on April 4, 1995.

Mary Ralston Hayden Burgess was an artist and author. She was born on July 21, 1920 to Joseph Ralston Hayden, a naval officer in WWI, and Elizabeth O. Hall Hayden in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hayden spent much of her youth in the Philippines from 1933-1935, when her father was appointed Vice Governor. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a history degree in 1942 and joined the American Red Cross during World War II. She met Henry A. Burgess in 1941 at Fort Lewis, Washington and they married after the War in 1946 in Ann Arbor. They moved to Henry’s hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming where they raised their family on the Pony Track Ranch. After Henry’s death, Mary wrote her autobiography, “Both Sides of the Canvas,” and became involved in the art community of Sheridan, Wyoming. Mary Hayden Burgess passed away on June 23, 2021.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection contains biographical information, correspondence, journals, photo albums, photographs, publications, books, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks about the lives of Henry A. and Mary Hayden Burgess and their families.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from Heather Plank in February 2021.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Jamie J. Greene in September 2021.

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Henry A. and Mary Hayden Burgess at the date of processing.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. Mary Ralston Hayden Burgess Family PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Sub-series 1. J.R. Hayden
Box
1
1808 Fairway Lane Spreadsheet (Judge James Harvey Ralston and son Jack "Desert Victoria")
1879-1945
1
Biographical information: J.R. Hayden
1944-1987
Correspondence:
Box
1
Originals (J.R. Hayden-Mary family)
1882-1939
Box
1
Original letters J.R. Hayden
1882
1
Letters from J.R. Hayden
1944
1
Letters J.R. to Ralston
1944
1
Letters J.R. to Betty
1944
1
J.R. Hayden to Mary Ralston Hayden (D.L.M. - Dear Little Mary)
1934-1945
1
J.R. letters to his mother (Mrs. Louis P. "Mary" Hall)
1941-1943
1
J.R. Hayden to Elizabeth Olivia Hall Hayden
1944
1
Miscellaneous
1930-1945
Newspaper clippings:
Box
1
Frank Murphy
1
Society newspaper clippings - J.R. Hayden
1930-1950
1
J.R. WWII photos, Manilla
1935
1
J.R. - Philippines
1940-1949
Box
1
Photo albums: JR and EOH
1919-1924
Photographs:
Box
1
J.R. Hayden, WWI portrait - The Last Shot (portrait in Naval uniform)
1918
1
Old P.I. officials (Philippines)
1942
1
Philippines - historic photos
1930-1950
1
Philippines - Hayden family photos
1930-1950
Box
1
Vice Governor Stationary
1933-1935
Sub-series 2. Mary Ralston Hayden Burgess and Hall family
Biographical information (Growing Up Years - Mementos, Mary Living in Philippines
1933-1935
Box
2
Mary Obits
2012
2
Mary Birthdays
2000
2
Disposition of Mary's Estate History
1994
2
Mary's Engagement/wedding (1-19-19)(?)
2019
Box
2
Book: "Both Sides of the Canvas" by Mary Hayden Burgess
2004
Brent School:
Box
2
Autograph books
1934-1936
2
Miscellaneous (clippings and school work)
1934-1940
2
"The Toddler" - monthly student newspaper
1934-1948
2
Photo album
1933-1936
Box
Correspondence:
Box
2
G. Betty to Granny - odds and ends
1930-1951
Box
2
Letters to Mother (Granny) from Betty
1941-1951
2
Letters/cable-JR to Mary Stams
1930-1939
2
Betty-letters to Helen
1930-1939
2
Childhood letters etc.
1939
2
Miscellaneous
1945-1997
2
From Jamie
2014-2015
2
Pentland Correspondence
2010
2
Mary's correspondence
1934-1950
2
Mary Hayden
1931-1937
3
Growing Up Years - correspondence and Philippines ephemera
1937-1938
3
Mary - WWII years
1931-1945
3
Joe Hart
1938-1941
3
Diary letters from Mary Hayden Burgess to her mother, Elizabeth O. Hayden about Henry A. Burgess family
1940-1966
3
Diaries - Mary Ralston Hayden
1933-1944
3
Family memorabilia
1980-1990
3
France - The Continent (correspondence and newspaper clippings)
1940-1945
3
Genealogy - Hall family, J.R. Hayden, account of Van Brocklyns
1917
3
Joseph R. Hayden's passing
1945
Photo Albums:
Box
3
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1920-1930
3
Family albums (2 albums)
1933-1936
Photographs:
Box
4
Formal photos - Mary
1930-2021
4
Elizabeth Olivia Hall "Betty"
1930-1950
4
Joseph Ralston Hayden
1930-1950
4
1350 Hill Street
1930-1980
4
The Farm
1930-1980
4
Grosse Ile Home - Mamie Hall (aunt Mamie)
1930
4
Elizabeth "Lily" Douglas Hall (Granny)
1900-1930
4
Louis Phillips Hall (Grandpa)
1900-1950
4
Hall Family - Olivia Bigelow and Israel
1840-1940
4
Campbell/Douglas family
1900-1930
4
Van Brocklyn/Hayden family
1855-1900
Box
4
School notebooks - English, Literature, and History
1941-1948
4
School work, papers, and art
1934-1942
4
Scrapbooks (3)
1890-1942
American Red Cross (ARC):
Box
4
Mary - Red Cross
1942-2007
4
Red Cross miscellaneous
1942-1944
5
Photographs - WWII, Mary, Red Cross
1940-1950
5
Photo Album: The Continent (red cross ambulance photos)
1941-1945
5
Mary's orders for Great Britain (stories/experiences)
1942
5
Adventure on the Moore - Mary Hayden
1942
5
General articles on Red Cross
1942-43
5
Red Cross- William Ralph Kenney II
2007
5
Clubmobile
1942-1952
5
"The Clubmobile: The Arc in the Storm" by Marjorie Lee Morgan (copy)
1982
5
Mary Hayden memoirs
1997-1999
5
Map of Germany
1950-1960
5
"My Life" by Sally Ellsworth
1980-1990
5
Mary Hayden newspaper articles
1939-1945

Series II. Henry Amos Burgess Family PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
5
Artifacts: Wallet and foreign money
1930-1950
5
Awards and certificates
1969-1982
Correspondence:
Box
5
Henry's letters to folks (parents) and Ben and Lisa
1938-1945
5
Henry Letters
1930-1939
6
Henry Burgess to Mary
1940-1950
6
WWII correspondence to Mary
1939-1945
6
Miscellaneous/Alan Simpson
1943-1989
6
Joe Swing (Henry Burgess)
1972
Box
6
Death
1999
Genealogy (Burgess family)
1970-1990
Box
6
Easter Jane Burgess (Henry's paternal grandmother)
1975-1979
6
Family Tree information
1975-1979
Box
6
High School
1933-1938
6
Law: Henry, Secretary-Janet Catterall (law school diploma)
1948
Manuscript - "Looking Back":
Box
6
Responses to "Looking Back"
1994-1996
6
"Looking Back" book - covers and news clippings
1996
6 and Digital ahcdm_1279_004-006
Manuscript drafts
1996
Military and WWII:
1993-2004
Box
6
115th Calvary Association - minutes, correspondence, news clippings
1993-2004
6
Notes - Philippines (memoir)
1945-1980
7 and Digital ahcdm_12791_001-003
WWII: Los Banos raid - photos, notes, sketches, news clippings (3 CDs)
1940-1980
7
Los Banos Internees and retracing steps
1970-1979
7
11th Airborne Reunion - photos and notes
1988-1991
7
Philippine trip
1976
7
WWII vet stuff - Henry
2005-2007
7
Newspaper articles, Europe
1941-1944
8
Map of Philippines
1939
Box
7
Newspaper clipping: Detroit Free Press (Abdication of King Edward VIII)
1936
Photographs:
Box
7
Henry Formal photo
1950-1970
7
James and Helen Burgess family
1880-1920
7
Henry Growing UP
1910-1941
7
Henry/Mary-Wedding
1947
Box
7
Souvenirs - ribbons and awards
1939-1968
7
Travel journal/letters on a trip to Germany
1937-1939
Scrapbooks:
Box
8
WWII scrapbook
1939-1945
8
Legislature newspaper clippings
1945-1957
8
Munich scrapbook
1937

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Families -- History.
  • Genealogy.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Pacific Area.

Personal Names

  • Burgess family
  • Hall family
  • Hayden family

Corporate Names

  • American Red Cross

Geographical Names

  • Michigan -- History
  • Philippines -- History -- 1898-1946
  • Sheridan (Wyo.)
  • Wyoming -- History -- 1919-1945.
  • Wyoming -- History -- 1946-1999.
  • Wyoming -- Politics and government.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence.
  • Photographs.