Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Nicholas Murray Butler papers, 1891-1947

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0177
Bib ID 4078570 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947
Title Nicholas Murray Butler papers, 1891-1947
Physical Description 326 linear feet (600 boxes, 315 volumes)
Language(s) English .

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Correspondence; manuscripts of books, chapters, addresses, lectures, articles, and other writings; clippings and other printed materials relating to Butler's life and career, and memorabilia, ca. 1900-1947. Also, correspondence, 1891-1946, between Butler and presidents of the United States including William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Nicholas Murray Butler papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Nicholas Murray Butler, 1946; his bequest, 1947.

Transferred from Journalism, 1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Butler, Nicholas Murray. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1946. Accession number--M-46.

NMB letter to Henry James II: Source of acquisition--2293B (Rare Book). Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--05/19/1995. Accession number--M-95-05-19.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Surveyed Julie Miller 02/--/1987.

NMB letter to Henry James II Processed HR 12/04/1996.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2018-07-17 Person names in series II transcribed from PDF and added to finding aid by Catherine Carson Ricciardi, Patrick Lawlor, and Rebecca Barabas. Box numbers for series II verified by Rebecca Barabas

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Addresses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
College presidents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Presidents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harding, Warren G (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McKinley, William, 1843-1901 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presidents -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taft, William H (William Howard), 1857-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Nicholas Murray Butler was an educator and Columbia University President from 1902 to 1945; recipient of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize; an adviser to seven presidents and friend of statesmen in foreign nations; recipient of decorations from fifteen foreign governments and of honorary degrees from thirty-seven colleges and universities; a member of more than fifty learned societies and twenty clubs; the author of a small library of books, pamphlets, reports, and speeches; an international traveler who crossed the Atlantic at least a hundred times; a national leader of the Republican Party; an advocate of peace and the embodiment of the international mind» that he frequently spoke about. He was called Nicholas Miraculous Butler by his good friend Theodore Roosevelt.