Burkholder was born in 1881 to a family of German settlers. She taught for a short time after obtaining a teaching certificate before turning to writing. She published poetry, short stories, poems and books about the history of Hamilton, Ontario from 1911 to 1968. Burkholder had a regular local history column in The Hamilton Spectator and was a member of the city's branch of Canadian Women's Press Club. In 1938, Burkholder was named Hamilton's first Citizen of the Year.
- The course of Impatience Carningham. Toronto Musson Book. 1911.
- Before the white man came : Indian legends and stories. Toronto : McClelland & Stewart. 1923.
- The Shield of Honor (1929)
- The Story of Hamilton (1938)
- Barton on the Mount (1956)
- Campbell, Sandra; McMullen, Lorraine, eds. (1991). "The Heart of Kerry (1907)". New women short stories by Canadian women, 1900-1920 (2. print ed.). Ottawa [Ont.]: University of Ottawa Press. ISBN 9780776603230.
- Watters, Reginald Eyre. A Checklist of Canadian Literature and Background Material, 1682-1960. (2nd Revised Ed.) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972.
- Dagg, Anne Innis (2001). The feminine gaze: a Canadian compendium of non-fiction women authors and their books, 1836-1945. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-88920-355-6.
- Campbell, Sandra; Lorraine McMullen (1991). New women: short stories by Canadian women, 1900-1920. University of Ottawa Press. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-7766-0323-0.
- "Businessman, student named Hamilton's Citizens of the Year". The Hamilton Spectator. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
- Works by or about Mabel Burkholder at Internet Archive
- Mabel Burkholder at the Wayback Machine (archived February 18, 2006)
- "Mabel Burkholder collection". McMaster University Library. William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
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