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Ovid Butler papers

 Collection — Folder: S201
Identifier: S0201

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photostat of a printed article from Ovid Butler in Indianapolis, Indiana on 1851/03/29 regarding Alexander Campbell's visit to Indianapolis and his position regarding slavery.


  • 1851/03/29

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

Ovid Butler was born on February 7, 1801 in Oneida, New York. He married Cordelia Cole on April 27, 1827 with whom he had a number of children. He and his family moved to Indianapolis in 1836. He was married to Elizabeth McQuat by 1850, with whom he also had children.

He was a lawyer, an abolitionist, journalist and founder of Butler University. He established in 1849 a newspaper called The Free Soil Banner, which espoused abolitionist viewpoints. He served on the Board of Directors for the North Western Christian College, which was renamed Butler University in his honor in 1877. He died on July 12, 1881 and is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Butler, Ovid". 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/05/16.

Butler, Ovid". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/05/16.

Butler, Ovid". Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Retrieved 2014/05/16.

Butler, Ovid". Ovid Butler Biography. Retrieved 2014/05/16.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Louis A. Warren on 1924/02/27.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/05/16 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/05/16 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.