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Harold Barrows Bursley papers

Identifier: MS0110

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of field notebooks kept by an associate of and successor to landscape architect Earle Sumner Draper. Also contains data from published sources and the firm's (Draper and Associates) early projects, including cost estimates, manpower and material requirements, design principles for cemeteries and golf courses, and general descriptions of projects in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and West Virginia and biographical information.


  • 1913 - 1931


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Collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Bursley was a landscape architect, associate and successor to Earle Sumner Draper and part of the firm, Draper and Associates. Harold B. Bursley earned a degree in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; moved to Charlotte, N.C., in 1919 and became chief associate of Earle Sumner Draper, then field supervisor for the Myers Park suburb in Charlotte. Later, Bursley served as head of Draper and Associates, a landscape architecture firm in the city. He was called to work in partnership with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Resettlement Administration as a designer and planner for Greenbelt, Maryland. Bursley worked with Hale J. Walker, another landscape architect on the Greenbelt project. Bursley was born in 1891, in Lynn, Massachusetts; died 1967.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 document box (shared))




Consists of notebooks and filing cards documenting several of Bursley's projects, including mill villages, golf courses and cemeteries. There is also a biographical sketch summarizing Bursley's life and career.


Four folders arranged as follows: Biographical sketch; Notebook I: 1-4; Notebook II: 1-2; and Notebook III: 1-4. Followed by a later accession of Lefax filing cards and notebooks in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Copy of originals in possession of Harold Bursley Jr. photocopied 1985.

Related Materials

Earle Sumner Draper, MS285.
Papers of Harold Barrows Bursley
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated