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   Nicholas Murray Butler Papers circa 1891-1947

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Nicholas Murray Butler Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Bib ID:4078570 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947.
Title:Nicholas Murray Butler Papers circa 1891-1947
Physical description:326 linear ft (ca. 362,000 items in 600 boxes & 315 volumes).
Language(s):In English
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Scope and Content

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.

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Using the Collection


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This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

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

Nicholas Murray Butler Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Surveyed 02/--/1987 Julie Miller

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

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    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

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Subject Headings

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College presidents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Presidents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McKinley, William, 1843-1901.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Presidents--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

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.

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