Meredith "Pete" Burrill was born on December 23, 1902 in Houlton, Maine to Fred and Carrie Odiorne Burrill. He attended Bates College where he excelled at track and participated in the choir and glee club. He graduated in 1925, and then attended ClarK University, where he received an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography. Beginning in 1926, he taught in colleges and universities including Farmington Normal School, Lehigh and Bucknell universities, Oklahoma A&M, and Southern Methodist University. For 40 years, from 1933 to 1973, he was executive secretary of the Interior Department's U.S. Board on Geographic Names. In 1927 he married "Nellie" Bannister '24, and she died in 1978. He later married Betty Didcot Burril. He died on October 5, 1997.
The collection contains material collected by Meredith F. Burrill (class of 1925) while he was a student at Bates College. It includes photographs, clippings, ephemera, tuition bills, transcripts, and other material related to his time at Bates College, and in particular, his participation in track, theater, and music.
Arranged in alphabetical order by folder title.
The collection is open for research.
The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.
These records are indexed under the following headings in the Bates College Library catalog. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Burrill, Meredith F., 1902-1997
Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--History
Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Students
Gift of Betty D. Burrill, 2003. Accession No.: 03-017.
Meredith F. Burrill papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.
Processed by Kat Stefko, 2008.
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