Bibliography of Forbes Burnham
Biography of Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham
Writings of Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, O.E., S.C.
Listing of works focusing on the life and career of Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, O.E., S.C.
Profile of Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham
This Listing of works on and by the late President, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, O.E., S.C., first African Executive President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, was prepared for an exhibition under the theme “The Legacies of Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham: First Executive President of African Descent of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana” hosted by the Burnham Foundation from September 19—23, 2011.
The listing comprises works by him and on him as noted in the table of contents. The call number of the book is noted in RED at the end of the entry and the item is located in the Caribbean Research Library of the University of Guyana Library. Where call numbers are not recorded, items can be sourced through the Burnham Foundation.
LINDEN FORBES SAMPSON BURNHAM
L.F.S. (Linden Forbes Sampson) Burnham (1923-1985) was the first Executive President and Leader of African Descent of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.
Burnham was born in Kitty, then a village situated near the capital city of Georgetown, British Guiana on February 20, 1923 [Kitty is now part of Georgetown]. He was the son of James Ethelbert Burnham and his wife Rachel Abigail (nee Sampson).
Young Burnham was a brilliant student. After primary education at the Kitty Methodist School, he began his secondary education at the Central High School and then went on to Queen’s College in 1935. A year later he gained the Centenary Exhibition, as well as a Government Junior Scholarship, and the Percival Exhibition the following year. In 1942, he won the highest scholastic award in the country at that time, the British Guiana Scholarship, which was awarded annually to the scholar attaining the highest grades at the Senior Cambridge Examinations held locally.
In 1944, he earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree at External Examinations of the University of London. Burnham then left for the United Kingdom and read for the Bachelor of Laws honors degree which he gained at the University of London in 1947 with honours. A year later, he was admitted to the bar of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London.
During his student years, Burnham, noted for his oratorical power, was active in politics. He was elected President of the West Indian Students Union in London in 1947 and subsequently participated as a delegate of the Union in the International Union of Students’ Congress in Prague and Paris in 1947 and 1948 respectively.
Burnham then returned to British Guiana (Guyana) where in 1949 he became co-founder (with Dr. Cheddi Jagan) and Chairman of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). In 1952, he was elected to the Georgetown Town Council, becoming Mayor of the capital city in 1959 and again in 1964. In 1959, Burnham was elected President of the Bar Association of Guyana. He was also elected President of the Guyana Labour Union in 1963 and again in 1965.
When the PPP Government came to power in 1953, he had the portfolio of Minister of Education, but following the suspension of the British Guiana constitution by the British government, and the rift in the PPP, in 1957 Burnham became the founder and leader of a new political party—the People’s National Congress (PNC). The PNC was the main opposition party in Parliament between 1957 and 1964.
In December 1964, the PNC became the major party in a coalition government with the United Force and Burnham became Premier of British Guiana. He led the country to Independence on May 26, 1966, becoming under the constitution, the first Prime Minister of Guyana, as the country was now called. On February 23, 1970 Guyana became a Co-operative Republic.
When the People’s New Constitution was promulgated on October 6, 1980, Burnham became Guyana’s first Executive President, a position he held until his death.
He maintained a farm, loved to ride on horseback, and was keenly interested in cricket and chess.
In 1951, he married Sheila Bernice Lataste. They had three daughters: Roxanne, Annabelle and Francesca. His second marriage was to Viola Victorine Harper in 1967. From that union came another two daughters: Melanie and Ulele.
After leading the country for 21 years, he died on August 6, 1985 at the Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana after a throat operation.
Writings of Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham. O.E, S.C. Addresses of National significance
Independence & the P.N.C: speech of the Comrade Leader in the House of Assembly on November 2nd &3rd, 1961.– Georgetown, Guyana: National Assembly. JL 689 A8 P42
The Incompetence of the PPP Government: as told in the house of Assembly on March 1st, 1962.– Georgetown, Guyana: National Assembly. JL 689 A8 P53
Report to the Nation; address by the Prime Minister, Mr. L.F.S. Burnham on the first six months of the Government’s term of office, Jan.-June, 1965.- Georgetown: Guyana Information Services, . F2369 G883
Prime Minister’s broadcast press conference; statement on organization of Foreign Service. - Georgetown: [s.n.], 1966. JX1771 Bur
Statement by the Prime Minister on the sugar industry.- [Georgetown: s.n.], 1966. HD9114 G8 Bur
Statement of the Prime Minister of Guyana at the Georgetown Press Confer ence. - [Georgetown: s.n., 1966]. DT962.62 B87
Time for decision: text of the Address given in opening Conference of Officials of the Commonwealth Caribbean Territories.- Georgetown: Ministry of External Affairs, 1967. HC153 G8
National efficiency campaign: P.M.. address to representatives of commercial institutions and employers’ and employees’ organizations in the chamber of Parliament on Friday, September 15. Georgetown, Ministry of Information,1967. HC 210 E.4 Bur
Address to the nation on the Anniversary of Independence, May 26, 1967.- [Georgetown: Office of the Prime Minister], 1967. F2385 B74
“…One great by any measure”: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther: tribute by the Prime Minister, Mr. Forbes Burnham, April, 1968. [s.l. : s.n., 196-] E 185.97 K 5 B 87
A Great Future Together. Prime Minister’s report to the Nation on Guyana’s 2nd Anniversary of Independence, 25th May, 1968. - Georgetown, Guyana: Guyana Information Services, 1968. F 2385 Bur
When our party wins a clear majority at the forthcoming General elections, A great future for all under the PNC, says PM. P.N.C Anniversary Supplement 10 November 1968. [s.l. : s.n., 1968].
The case of Pedro Beria. Statement by the Hon. L.F.S Burnham, Q.C., Prime Minister, at a special Broadcast Press Conference held on Saturday November 30th, 1968.- Georgetown, Guyana: Government Printery. F2384 Bur.
Economic realities in British Guiana: complete text of radio discussion with comments: Complete text of Radio Discussion with comments by Mr. L.F.S. Burnham, et al.- Georgetown: [S.n, s.l. 196-]. HC 207 E26.
Friendship with Integrity: Guyana/ Surinam Relations; Statement to the National Assembly on Thursday 21stAugust 1969/ by the Hon. L.F.S Burnham together with the text of an address given during Guyana Week, February 1968 in New Amsterdam, Berbice by the Hon. S.S. Ramphal.– George town, Guyana: Ministry of External Affairs, 1969. F 2387 B7 S84
It is a matter of survival: Address by L.F.S. Burnham, 3rd November, 1968, Independence Park, Georgetown, People’s National Congress, 1968. F2369 Bur
Portrait of an outstanding leader; the man who with your help moulded, forged, in four short years, a new Guyana.- [Georgetown: s.n., 1968?]. F2384 B8 Peo
A New Era for our Amerindian Brothers; Address by the Prime Minister, Forbes Burnham, at the closing session of the Conference of Amerin dian Leaders held at Queens College, Georgetown from February 28 to March 3, 1969. Georgetown: Government Printery, 1969. F2368 Bur
Guyana has prospered: Address to the Nation on Guyana’s 3rd Anniversary of Independence 6 May 1969. Georgetown, Guyana: Guyana National Printers, 1969. F2369 Bur
The power of co-operative ownership: Speech by the Prime Minister delivered at the Georgetown Regional Conference of the People’s National Congress, Sunday, August 24, 1969.- Georgetown, Guyana: People’s National Congress. F2369 Bur
Guyana’s Bauxite: Broadcast address to the Nation by Prime Minister L.F.S Burnham, Saturday, 28th November 1970.- Georgetown, Guyana: The Daily Chronicle. HD 9585 B3 B 8
Prime Minister Mr. Forbes Burnham winding up for the Government the 1971 budget debate in the National Assembly, December 14, 1970.- [Georgetown, Guyana: National Assembly], 1970. HJ2086 Bur
Control of our natural resources: address to the nation by the Hon. L.F.S. Burnham, S.C. Prime Minister of Guyana on the occasion of Republic Day, February 23rd, 1971 at the National Park, Georgetown. - George town: Ministry of Information and Culture, 1971. HC210 N3 B8.
A people’s army: addresses to members of the Guyana Defence Force by the Honorable L.F.S. Burnham, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, at Thomas Lands, Georgetown.- Georgetown, Government Printery, 1971. UA631 Bur
A people’s army: illustrated quotations from the speeches to members of the Guyana Defence Force by the Honorable Mr. L.F.S. Burnham, S.C. Prime Minister and Minister of Defence at Thomas Lands.- George town: Guyana Defence Force, 1971. UA84 Bur
Towards progress and change; a philosophy of self reliance: Extracts from speech by Prime Minister Forbes Burnham in the National Assembly in 1971 Budget Debate, December 14, 1970. - [Georgetown: s.n., 1971?]. HJ2086 G8
To own Guyana: Address by Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, Leader of the People’s National Congress, at the 14th Annual Delegates’ Congress of the Party 18th April 1971, Queen’s College, Georgetown.- George town: People’s National Congress, 1971. F2369 B8
The challenges of non-Alignment: Address, by L.F.S. Burnham on the occasion of the opening of the conference of Foreign Ministers of Non-Aligned Countries, Turkeyen Hall, University of Guyana, 8th August, 1972.- Georgetown, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1972. JX1311 Bur.
Eight years of progress from self-destruction to self-reliance: Address by the Prime Minister, Forbes Burnham, Leader of the People’s National Congress, Independence Park, Georgetown. December 10th, 1972. – Georgetown:[s.n.], 1972 (Office of the Prime Minister) F2385G76.
Perform now Comrades: the national revolution in Guyana: Address: by Forbes Burnham at the Annual Delegates Congress, 9th April, 1972.- Georgetown: Ministry of Information and Culture, 1972. F2385 B8
With our hands we build Guyana: Address to the Nation by Prime Minister, L.F.S. Burnham, S.C., on the occasion of the second Anniversary of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, February 23, 1972.- George town: Ministry of Information and Culture, 1972. HC207 Bur
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