Burden, W. Douglas (William Douglas), 1898-1978

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Exist Dates

September 28, 1898 - November 14, 1978

Biographical or Historical Note

W. Douglas Burden was a geologist, naturalist, hunter, filmmaker and author, affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History. Burden was a trustee of the AMNH, 1926-1961, chaired a committee on the preparation of homolosine (equal-area projection) maps, and established the AMNH Dept. of Experimental Biology in 1928 (later named the Dept. of Animal Behavior). Burden formed Burden Pictures, Inc., 1928-1931, with ichthyologist Ilia Tolstoy; beginning in 1935, with Tolstoy and C.V. Whitney, Burden formed Marine Studios (later named Marineland), an aquarium project in Florida, which worked to develop a shark repellent for use by the U.S. Navy during World War II.


    Library of Congress Name Authority File
    From biographical note for Burden's archive collection at the AMNH Library, Mss .B87, written by Ann Herendeen.

Related Corporate, Personal, and Family Names

American Museum of Natural History
associated dates: 1926-1961
American Museum of Natural History. Department of Herpetology
associated dates: 1926-1961

Related Resources

W. Douglas Burden papers, 1920-1978 (bulk 1926-1961)
Repository: AMNH Special Collections, Mss .B87

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Last modified: 2018 September 27


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