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Henry Butler scrapbooks

 Collection — Volume: V401
Identifier: V401

Scope and Contents

The collection includes newspaper clippings of articles written by Henry Fielding Butler from 1951-1964, housed in four scrapbooks and four envelopes. The clippings focus on Butler's reviews of musical and theatrical performances presented by professional and amateur musical, art and performing groups throughout Indiana and the United States. Interviews with artists and important cultural figures are also present. In the 1960-1961 volume, Butler's articles include social and cultural commentary on topics such as the value of wilderness, noise pollution, urban deterioration, and censorship. These articles increased in 1963 and 1964.


  • 1951-1964


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

Henry Fielding Butler was born in Mauchunk, Pennsylvania circa 1904. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia University in New York City and attended the University of Rochester and the Pace Institute in New York. An accomplished pianist, Butler trained at the Julliard School of Music in New York. While stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison during World War II, he often played piano to entertain the troops. Butler was a music and drama critic for the Indianapolis Times until the newspaper ceased publication in 1965. He later reviewed movies for the Indianapolis News and taught journalism courses at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis. He died on December 29, 1986.


0.6 Cubic Feet (4 volumes and 4 envelopes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2019/10/02 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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