Benjamin Butterworth papers
Scope and Contents
The Benjamin Butterworth Papers consist mainly of scrapbooks, and typed transcriptions of the scrapbooks, concerning the career of Benjamin Butterworth as lawyer, congressional representative (1878-82, 1885-90), and commissioner of patents (1883-85, 1898-98). Some of these scrapbooks originally contained a small number of letters as well as many newspaper clippings, but the letters have been removed and foldered separately. The other items in the Butterworth Papers are a scrapbook of clippings and family letters and a typescript introduction to The Life of Benjamin Butterworth.
The Butterworth papers were given to Yale University Library by Frank Butterworth in 1951. The typescripts were prepared by Florence M. Bradford.
- Majority of material found within 1861 - 1898
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Frank Butterworth in 1951.
2 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
Lawyer and politician. Scrapbooks of clippings and typed transcriptions of scrapbooks (1882-1898) concerning his career as lawyer, member of Congress from Ohio (1878-1882, 1886-1890) and commissioner of patents (1883-1885, 1897-1898). Included also are twenty letters which were originally part of the scrapbooks. Of these four are family correspondence (1857-1883) and the remainder are letters from political friends (1880-1898). The papers also contain the manuscript (typescript) introduction to The life of Major Benjamin Butterworth by Florence M. Bradford.
Biographical / Historical
Admitted to the Ohio bar in 1861; served during the Civil War in the Union Army and later practiced law in Ohio; 1873-1875, state senator; 1875-1878, practiced law in Cincinnati; 1878, elected to the U.S. Congress, and reelected in 1880; 1883, appointed commissioner of patents; reelected to Congress in 1885, 1886, and 1892; 1892 opened law practice in Washington, D.C.; 1897 again became commissioner of patents.
- Albums (Books)
- Alverstone, Richard Everard Webster, Viscount, 1842-1915
- Bradford, Florence M.
- Bright, John, 1811-1889
- Butterworth, Benjamin, 1837-1898
- Butterworth, Elizabeth Linton
- Carlisle, John Griffin, 1835-1910
- Cartwright, Richard John, 1835-1912
- Charlton, John, 1829-1910
- Cortelyou, George B. (George Bruce), 1862-1940
- Foster, Charles, 1828-1904
- Grosvenor, Charles Henry, 1833-1917
- Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904
- Linton, Nathan, 1778-1858
- McKinley, William, 1843-1901
- Middle West
- Myers, Elizabeth Ann Davis
- Ohio -- Politics and government
- Proctor, Redfield, 1831-1908
- Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906
- Seiler, J. F.
- Smith, Goldwin, 1823-1910
- Smith, Richard, 1802-1878
- United States -- Politics and government
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1900
- Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878
- Whitfield, S. A.
- Preliminary Guide to the Benjamin Butterworth Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Marguerite S. Wiktop
- January 1979
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository
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