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John F. Burgess Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS407

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The John F. Burgess Papers document the career of John F. Burgess, an advisor to President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s. The collection includes a small amount of correspondence to Burgess by individuals, including President Reagan. In addition, the Burgess Papers contain printed materials concerning the funeral of President Gerald R. Ford, documents regarding the Old Executive Office Building, and items deriving from the Presidential plane "Air Force One." Certificates awarded to Burgess are also present. Finally, more than 25 photographs are preserved in this collection, mostly depicting President Reagan and Burgess. The John F. Burgess Papers are stored in one archival box constituting 0.5 linear feet.


  • 1973 - 2007

Collection-level Access Restrictions

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Biographical note

John F. Burgess had a wide-ranging career in the government and academic sectors. Born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, Burgess received an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1963 and a master's degree from Georgetown University in Russian studies in 1966. Burgess served in the 1970s as an administrator in the governing body of the Peace Corps. From 1975 through 1978, he was the Peace Corps manager of Micronesia. Between 1984 and 1987, he worked as the Peace Corps' associate director for international operations. During the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Burgess served as a deputy director in the White House Office of Public Liaison. Turning to academia, from 1989 to 1992, Burgess worked at Georgetown University as vice president and executive director of the Georgetown University Alumni Association. His other posts at Georgetown University included stints as dean of freshmen of the College of Arts and Sciences and assistant dean of the School of Foreign Service. John F. Burgess died on May 2, 2008.

[Source: Obituary for John F. Burgess in "Washington Post" online, Friday, May 16, 2008.]


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Acquisition Information

Gift of Paul Anthony, 2008.

John F. Burgess Papers
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
2009 January
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057