Richard M. Butler papers

Richard M. Butler papers

Dates: 1888-1991, bulk 1933-1953

Consists of Butler's personal scrapbook (including military papers, foreign cartoons and maps, photographs, letters, notes and other small personal memorabilia, a patriarchal blessing, a lock of hair, cloth swatches, pieces of Nazi stationary, postcards, foreign currency, etc.); POW items (clippings, letters, ID cards, etc.); family history papers (a historical guardianship transfer document, Butler's flight log and war diary, "V-Mails" from a Marjorie Shumway); and assorted ephemera, including U.S. and foreign newspapers and magazines, wartime maps, and other memorabilia. Materials are dated 1888-1991 (bulk dates 1933-1953).

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 2 oversize boxes (2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Butler, Richard M., 1919-1984
  • Call Number: MSS 8849
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Richard M. Butler papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 8849; Richard M. Butler papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 8849, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The materials were donated to Special Collections by Richard Butler, a son of Richard M. Butler, in June 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Richard Butler; June 2016.
Subject Terms
Politics, Government, and Law; Military; World War, 1939-1945; Air pilots--United States--Diaries; Letters; Scrapbooks; Butler, Richard M., 1919-1984
Genre / Form
Legal documents; Diaries; Maps; Newspapers; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Crandall, manuscripts specialist; November 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history, specifically LDS veterans' history and LDS famiy history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collecting policy, II.B.5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Butler (Richard M.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Amanda Crandall, manuscripts specialist
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-11-30 15:59:25 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Richard M. Butler (1919-1984) was a Major in the United States Air Force during World War II and a prison of war in Italy and Germany.

Richard Marsh Butler was born August 10, 1919 in Garland, Utah, the seventh of nine children of Heber Close Butler and Rose Zipporah Marsh. He graduated from Bear River High School. He served in World War II as a pilot on the U.S. Air Force. In August 1943, he was captured after his plane went down over Naples, Italy, and spent at least 18 months in Italian and German prison camps. Richard married Geneil Miller of Penrose, Utah, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on September 4, 1942; they became the parents of two sons and two daughters. He was an active member of the LDS Church, serving as a group leader in Chatoreau, France, a stake missionary in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in the Riverside California Stake, bishopric member (Riverside Ward), stake clerk, high councilman, stake executive secretary, and patriarch. He died in the Riverside Community Hospital on December 15, 1984 at the age of 65.

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