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Amos W. Butler collection

Identifier: L025

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence and business papers of Amos W. Butler, ranging from 1818 to 1936. Specifically, the collection comprises of several business receipts and accounts, some relating to the Brookville and Metamora Hydraulic Company and a folder pertaining to Brookville College where Butler graduated. Also included are 4 account books (1866–1869) and a letter-copying book (1876–1890) (V450).


  • 1818-1931


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Amos W. Butler was born October 1, 1860 in Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana. Butler had a strong interest in nature and embarked on a career in archeology and zoology. Butler was the founder of the Brookville Society of Natural History (1881) and the Indiana Academy of Science (1885). Butler also gave regular lectures at Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Chicago, as well as others. Additionally, Butler served on various boards relating to prison reform and mental hygiene. The Amos Butler Audubon Society in Indianapolis, Indiana is named in his honor. Amos Butler died in 1937.


"Butler mss., 1835-1937." Indiana University, Lilly Library. Accessed February 27, 2012.


0.8 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 5 volumes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Amos Butler during 1932-1939.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during February 2012. EAD finding aid revised 2022/02/15; 2024/05/14 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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