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Roger Butterfield Print Collection


New York State Historical Association - Research Library
Special Collections
P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1470

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-24T16:46-0500

Repository: New York State Historical Association - Research Library
Title: Roger Butterfield Print Collection
Dates: 1722-1990
Quantity: 2.5 cubic feet
Funding Source:This collection was processed and a finding aid created with funds provided by the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.
Identification: Coll. No. 444
Language: English

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of illustrations of American topics, mainly prints from various sources. It contains individually printed pieces and prints taken from books and magazines. Other illustrations include newspaper and magazine clippings, transparencies of works of art and other printed materials, advertisements, and photographs.

Series Descriptions

Series 1. General Subjects. Box 1.

There is no particular arrangement to these prints. They are in files as found in the collection.

Series 2. Illustrations of Particular Subjects. Box 2.

Each folder contains prints and other illustrations organized by broad topic: Animals; Battle scenes; Burr/Hamilton Duel; Cities; Cities, Early; Civil War, Erie Canal; French and Barbary Wars; Labor; Politics; Revolution-Colonial; Revolution; Slavery and the South; Spanish-American War; Transportation; War of 1812; and Youth's History of the United States.

Series 3. Portraits. Box 3.

Arranged alphabetically by surname. There is a folder for each letter of the alphabet. At the end is a folder labeled Groups, containing prints with more than one portrait, such as groups of several people or pages with more than one portrait on the page.

Series 4. Political Cartoons. Box 4.

Folders contain American political cartoons in various formats: photographs, photostats and negative photostats, and clippings from periodicals. Some of the cartoons are unarranged.

Biographical/Historical Note

Roger Place Butterfield (1907-1981) was a national affairs editor for Life magazine and author of The American Past: History of the United States from Concord to Hiroshima, 1775-1925. As a free-lance writer, he contributed to The Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, and Saturday Review magazine. He was a noted collector of Americana. In 1961 he sold his collection to the New York State Historical Association. Dr. Louis C. Jones, then NYSHA director said, "Butterfield wanted his library, so patiently, so lovingly assembled, to remain in this upstate county where his fathers had cleared the land and to which he hopes to return. That this library with its strong specialties will attract to us an increasing number of scholars over the years to come is inevitable." According to NYSHA Librarian Dorothy Barck, "Roger Butterfield has long been collecting, with wisdom and discrimination, books and pamphlets, broadsides, catalogs, and newspapers, to create a research collection of more than 200,000 items for developing, as he puts it, 'the story of the American people in pictures and print.'" The books, manuscripts, pamphlets and many other items were cataloged and integrated into the NYSHA Research Library's collection. The prints which were a part of his collection have remained together and now constitute the Roger P. Butterfield Print Collection. After moving to the White House, Hartwick, N.Y. in 1970, he ran an antiquarian book business from his home.


Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of fair use, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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