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William A. Burns

William A. Burns, museum administrator, author.


  • Burns, William A. was born on October 7, 1909 in New York City. Son of William A. and Florence (Willis) Burns.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Manhattan College, 1934. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1937. Doctor of Education, Columbia University, 1949.


    • Field director Occupational Adjustment Study, 1939-1940. With American Museum Natural History, New York City, 1940-1962, associate curator department education, assistant chairman department, 1945-1951, assistant to director, membership secretary, editor popular publications, 1951-1962. Director Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, 1962-1970.

      Executive director, secretary board directors San Diego Natural History Museum, 1970-1973. Director Florence (South Carolina) Museum, 1975-1983, director emeritus, from 1983. Member advisory board Florence Museum, trustee, 1966.

      Advisory board Gay Head Museum, Fairfield County (Connecticut) Museum Art, Science and Industry, Nimitz Museum. Member cultural advisory committee Hemis Fair '68. Member Inter-American Educational Commission, Latin American Studies Conference.

      Member environmental educational advisory committee Department of Health. Member Creative Educational Resources Committee Executive Council, City of San Diego. Member inter-museums council Balboa Parks Museums.

      Chairman Cultural Heritage Commission, San Diego County. Member Downtown Improvement Commission, City of Florence, 1986. Member Down-town Improvement Committee, All-American City Committee.

      Trustee Florence Museum, since 1986. Member Listowel Writers Conference, County Kerry, Ireland.


    • Author: Enjoying the Arts: Museums. Contributor: Museum Registration Methods. Editor: Natural History of the Southwest.

      Witte Museum Quar, 1963-1970. Co-editor: Illustrated World Geography.


    Member Committee of 100. Member Irish Writers Conference, Listowel, Eire, Southeastern Museum Conference, Governor's History Commission, Florence History Preservation Committee. Board directors San Antonio American Red Cross, Florence Symphony Orchestra, Children's Symphony Music Fair, Craft Guild, Weavers' Guild.

    Trustee San Antonio Art League, Florence council Boy Scouts American, Florence Boys and Girls Club, since 1991. Publications chairman Florence Centennial Celebration. Served to 1st lieutenant Army of the United States, 1943-1946.

    Member Mexican-American Art Council, San Antonio Little Theater, American Association Museums (council), Association Science Museum Directors (president), International Council Museums, Texas Museum Conference, Texas Art Museum Conference, Texas History Society, Bexar County History Society (survey commission), Florence History Society, Florence Heritage Foundation, Trinity University Library Council, Science Directors Association, San Antonio Conservation Society, San Antonio Art Guild, Rocks and Minerals Society, National Speleological Society, Chamber Music Society, Kappa Delta Pi, Gamma Theta Upsilon, Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina Palmetto Gentleman, Governor's Choice, 1996. Clubs: Rotarian (Paul Harris fellow 1981), Jazz Society, Torch, Alamo, Press, Argyle, Shell, Manuscript, University.


    • Married Adelaide Jordan, October 7, 1955.
    • father: William A. Burns
    • mother: Florence (Willis) Burns
    • spouse: Adelaide Jordan
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    Born October 7, 1909
    Died June 9, 1999
    (aged 89)
    • 1934
      Manhattan College
    • 1937
      Columbia University
    • 1949
      Columbia University
    • 1939 - 1940
      Field director, Occupational Adjustment Study
    • 1940 - 1962
      with American Museum Natural History
    • 1945 - 1951
      with American Museum Natural History
    • 1962 - 1970
      director, Witte Memorial Museum
      San Antonio, Texas, United States
    • 1970 - 1973
      executive, board directors San Diego Natural History Museum
    • 1970 - 1973
      secretary, board directors San Diego Natural History Museum
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