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The Mentor and The Burr McIntosh Monthly periodicals collection 1908-1932

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L257 (Text) 00000106353188 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.3 Cubic feet 1 manuscript box

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2016/06/27 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/06/27 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2016/07/11 by Brittany Kropf.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection includes publications ranging from 1908 to 1932, including The Mentor magazine from The Mentor Association in New York City, New York (1907, 1918); The Burr McIntosh Monthly from New York City (1908), and the printed guide to the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia (1932), regarding photography, popular culture, theatre, films, and numerous educational disciplines, such as science, the arts, history, travel, nature, and literature.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
The Mentor and The Burr McIntosh Monthly collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
William Burr McIntosh was born to William Ambrose and Minerva Bottenberg McIntosh on August 21, 1862 in Wellsville, Ohio. He had an older brother, John S. and a younger sister, Nanny B. His father was the president of Cleveland Gas Coal Company. Burr received his degree from Lafayette College (Easton, Pennsylvania) in 1884, then became a successful actor on Broadway stages and the movies, working into the 1930s. He became a publisher of Burr McIntosh Monthly, a lecturer, billing himself as "The Cheerful Philosopher, radio actor, reporter, photographer, and a film studio owner. He died April 28, 1942 and was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Part in Glendale, "McIntosh, B. W." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed June 27, 2016. "McIntosh, Burr William." U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Accessed June 27, 2016. "Burr McIntosh." Find a Grave Index. Accessed June 27, 2016. "Burr McIntosh (1862-1942)." Accessed June 27, 2016.
William David Moffat was born in Princeton, New Jersey on January 17, 1865 to James Clement and Mary Blair Matthews Moffat. He was the eighth youngest of nine children; including Edward Stewart, Ellen, James D., Anna [Annie], Henry M., Stanly, Alexander,and Mary Isabelle. Moffat attended Princeton University, where he began publishing books for boys. He was graduated in 1884 and worked for Scribners, leaving in 1905 to found his own publishing house, Moffat, Yard & Company. In 1912, Moffat founded the Mentor Association, similar to a modern think tank, and published a magazine, The Mentor. He married Mary Franc, who died in 1940 and is buried in the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey. Moffat died September 29, 1946. Sources: "Moffat, James C." 1860 United States Federal Census. Acessed June 27, 2016. "Moffat, James C." 1870 United States Federal Census. Acessed June 27, 2016. "Moffat, William D." 1870 United States Federal Census. Acessed June 27, 2016., Deanna. "The Mentor Magazine." Inherited Values blog, January 10, 2011. Accessed June 26, 2016. "Mary Franc Moffat." Find a Grave Index. Acessed June 27, 2016. "William David Moffat." Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2016/06/27.
The Mentor was published originally by the Associated Newspaper School, then by the Mentor Association in New York City, New York, with the purpose of disseminating information about "the world's great men and women, the great achievements, and the permanently interesting things in art, literature, science, history, nature and travel." The companies were founded by William David Moffat about 1912. Originally a weekly, it was later published twice a month and each issue was published on one specific theme. It was purchased by Crowell Publishing Co. in 1921. When Moffatt retired in 1929, the magazine changed format and began publishing articles on many topics in one issue, using famous authors. The Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature stopped indexing the magazine in December 1930. The January 1931 issue is the last known issue.Sources:Items in the collection.Dahlsad, Deanna. "The Mentor Magazine." Inherited Values blog, January 10, 2011. Accessed June 26, 2016.
Burr McIntosh Monthly was a monthly magazine started by Burr McIntosh and published from 1903 to 1910. It consisted mainly of photographs of famous people and landscapes, many taken by McIntosh himself, and was bound by string so as to encourage framing of the photographs.Sources: Items in the collection.New York Historical Society. "Guide to the Burr McIntosh Photograph Collection." Finding aid, December 13, 2011. Accessed July 11, 2016.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: McIntosh, Burr, 1862-1942
Washington, George, 1732-1799
George Washington Masonic National Memorial (Alexandria, Va.)
Mentor Association (New York, N.Y.)
Authors and publishers > United States.
Souvenirs (Keepsakes)
Alexandria (Va.)
Genre: Serial publications.

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