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Linda Butler papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 10a

Scope and Contents

The Linda Butler Papers consist of three boxes of correspondence and writings dating between the years 1927 and 1980.

The papers are divided into two sections, Correspondence and Writings. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Box 1, folders 12-30, contains letters from Butler's longtime friend, Margaret Marshall, spanning the years 1939-73. Marshall, literary editor for The Nation, discussed personal news, news of her family, and plans for the publication of manuscripts pertaining to their mutual friend, Constance Mayfield Rourke. There is also correspondence to Butler from Marshall's daughter, Judith Fleck, and her granddaughters, Anne Marshall Fleck and Catherine Lydia Fleck. These letters contain personal news as well as news of Marshall.

The collection contains several folders of letters to Linda Butler from author Constance Mayfield Rourke. The correspondence concerns personal news, information on her research projects, her travels, publications, and an art show which Rourke was arranging. Constance Davis Rourke, her mother, discusses with the activities of her daughter and her untimely death in 1941. There is also a folder of correspondence from Mildred Fore, Constance Davis Rourke's niece.

The Writings section is primarily composed of manuscripts by or about Constance Rourke. Included are biographical sketches of Rourke by Linda Butler, Nelle Curry, and Margaret Marshall, plus a copy of Rourke's eulogy by Reverend Charles W. Helsely. Writings by Rourke include an excerpt from Audubon and a photocopy of the printed version of Index of American Design. Also found in this section is a photocopy of the typescript of Marshall's autobiography, An American Memoir.

A scrapbook compiled by Butler concerning Constance Mayfield Rourke can be found in the Oversize section at the end of the collection.


  • 1927 - 1980


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Linda Butler Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was donated by Linda Butler to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in June 1987.


2.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The papers contain correspondence, writings, and a scrapbook concerning Margaret Marshall, the Marshall family, and Constance Mayfield Roarke.

Guide to the Linda Butler Papers
Under Revision
by Tina Evans
November 1989
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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