James E. Butler papers
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.
- 1898 - 1988
- Butler, James E., 1913-2012 (Person)
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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)
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.
RH MS 507
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