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Alexander Rourke Butler papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0091

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials dating from 1947 to 1982, including student notes from Butler's graduate work in history at Hopkins. He studied with C. Van Woodward and C. G. Campbell. It also includes notes prepared by Butler for his lectures at the University of Helsinki on American history. Final items are related to the Butler Prize from 1957 to 1977, an award for best first year paper in the history department.


  • Creation: 1947-1982


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

This collection may contain restricted records and therefore must be reviewed by a staff member before access is provided.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Alexander Rourke Butler was professor of humanities at Michigan State University. He was born in Dover, New Hampshire, in 1920, and received his B.A. from Harvard in 1942. Butler received his Ph.D. from Hopkins in 1953.

Professor Butler began teaching at Michigan State in 1953 and held a concurrent position as Fulbright lecturer in American history at the University of Helsinki, 1960-1961. In 1957, he established the Alexander R. Butler Prize at Hopkins, which is awarded annualy in the History Department for the best research paper written by a first-year graduate student.


1.9 Cubic Feet (5 letter size document boxes)

Language of Materials



Alexander Rourke Butler (1920-1985) was professor of humanities at Michigan State University. The collection contains student notes from Butler's graduate work in history at Johns Hopkins, notes for his lectures at the University of Helsinki, and items related to the Butler Prize. The materials range in date from 1947 to 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the University by Alexander Rourke Butler in 1982.

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Alexander Rourke Butler papers
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Repository Details

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