|Abstract:||George Burton Pearson, Jr., (1905-1999), born in Middletown, Delaware, was a
Delaware lawyer, judge, and banker. Pearson worked in the Wilmington law firm of Hugh[...] M.
Morris. Pearson left private legal practice in 1939 to serve as Delaware’s first statutory
Vice Chancellor. Burton Pearson was elected President of the Delaware State Bar Association in
1950, serving until 1952. In 1951, he joined the Board of Trustees of the University of
Delaware. He was a founding member and president of the Unidel Foundation, Inc., which
supports many academic departments at the University by providing research funds for students.
The G. Burton Pearson, Jr. Papers include personal correspondence, papers, and photographs
from his birth in 1905 until shortly before his death in 1999. The Pearson papers also contain
correspondence, papers, and photographs from some of Burton Pearson’s ancestors, dating from
about 1840 to the 1950s. The collection has been arranged in two series: I. George Burton
Pearson, Jr.’s papers; and II. Pearson family papers, which contains the papers of relatives
from the Pearson, Cochran, Warren, and Hardcastle families. Family photographs and
correspondence between Pearson, his parents, and his aunt, Oka Cochran Warren, between about
1880 and 1950, form the bulk of the collection.|