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James E. Butler papers

Call Number: RH MS 507


The James E. Butler papers are those of a native Kansan and longtime Manhattan, Kansas resident. After over 30 years of Army service, Butler was appointed to the Kansas Human Rights Commission, on which he served for over 25 years.


  • Creation: 1898 - 1988


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of James E. Butler

James E. Butler was born September 19, 1913 in Kansas City. He graduated from Kansas City, Kansas' Sumner High School in 1931 and from Kansas State University. Butler served in the U.S. Army for 32 years, retiring in 1974, at the rank of Senior Warrant Officer. In 1979, Kansas Governor John Carlin appointed Butler to the Kansas Human Rights Commission (KHRC). Butler served as both commissioner and Chairman of KHRC/Kansas Civil Rights Commission. In 2004, the Association of Official Human Rights Agencies awarded Butler, still the KHRC/KCRC Chairman, a lifetime achievement award.

Besides his work with KHRC/KCRC, Butler was an active member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church as well as the NAACP.

James E. and Margaret Butler had one son, Marvin.


.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Scope and Contents

The James E. Butler papers date from 1898 to 1988 and are arranged in a single series of papers, which include such items as clippings, Army race relation information, and NAACP information. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic. Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 507.

Physical Location

RH MS 507

Physical Location

RH MS-P 507

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, James E. Butler, 1988.

Guide to the James E. Butler Collection
James E. Butler papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007; revised by skt, 2010
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
James E. Butler Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 507, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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