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Nicholas Murray Butler papers, 1891-1947 

Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947,
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326 linear feet (600 boxes, 315 volumes)
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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 mindĽ that he frequently spoke about. He was called Nicholas Miraculous Butler by his good friend Theodore Roosevelt.

Scope and Contents

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.