Archives On The Air 179: Writing A Woman's West—Burt Family Papers

Mar 10, 2020

Publicity photo of Katherine Newlin Burt, ca. 1920. American Heritage Center photo file: Burt, Katherine Newlin.
Credit American Heritage Center

Katharine Newlin Burt was an author of western novels, short stories, plays and poetry.

Although a native New Yorker, she was entranced with the West. She once said that "all her life she wanted to marry a man from the West."

Oddly enough she found her fate in England by meeting novelist Maxwell Struthers Burt. He had recently adopted Wyoming as his home state.

The couple married in 1912 and homesteaded at the foot of the Tetons. Their Bar BC Ranch became one of first dude ranches in the West.

Katharine's career as an author began after her marriage. She wrote sober and realistic western novels with a strong feminine viewpoint. At least seven of her published works were adapted to film in the 1920s.

Learn more in the Burt Family papers at UW's American Heritage Center.