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About this Site

The John W. Burton Papers is a scholarly research portal which provides access to elements of the original manuscripts collection housed in the George Mason University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Additionally, this resource features images from two photograph collections which contain images of Dr. Burton.

The John W. Burton Papers contain the working papers of John W. Burton, former professor of conflict resolution at George Mason University. The collection documents Burton's work in international relations and conflict resolution from the 1940s through the 1990s. Materials in the collection include correspondence, working papers, notes, news clippings, scholarly publications, workshop and conference material, images, and memorabilia. It also includes materials pertaining to the creation of the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR). The papers were donated to the University Libraries between 1989 and 1995 by Dr. Burton and his wife, Betty Nathan.

You may also view an inventory of the John W. Burton Papers.

The digital collection consists of digitized surrogates of original manuscript materials and photographs. The site facilitates access to a great volume of materials, which are representative of the scholarship and genius of Dr. Burton. Funding for the project came from a generous donation from Mrs. Betty Nathan.

This digital exhibition was created by Aprajita Divya. Ms. Divya is a graduate student in George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government. Beginning in the fall of 2016 Aprajita conducted biographical research on Dr. Burton, selected materials from the collection and digitized the materials. The images from the scans were transformed into single- and multi-page pdf files. She also consulted additional archival collections for additional supporting materials, primarily photographs. During the final phase of the project, Ms. Divya constructed the physical site, creating the 8 individual exhibits and the 400 item pages.