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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.
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
Surveyed Julie Miller 02/--/1987.
NMB letter to Henry James II Processed HR 12/04/1996.
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.
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.