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Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives

Official Website for the Department of Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives at Butler University

Special Collections

Special Collections contains many unique and informative collections. Some names and topics of interest include Eliza A. Blaker (founder of the Teachers College of Indianapolis which later became the Butler University College of Education), Etheridge Knight (African American poet from Indianapolis), Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, Jean Sibelius (Finnish composer), Kin Hubbard and Gaar Williams (American cartoonists), Abraham Lincoln,  Booth Tarkington (Hoosier author), Tony Hinkle (well-known Butler University athletic coach and athletic director), Irvington Athenaeum, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.

Special Collections also has many collections that help document the history of Butler University, such as diaries, personal papers, and scrapbooks from students, faculty, and community members. In addition, Special Collections holds select Butler University faculty and administrative materials that include personal, research, and teaching papers. Some names include Hilton U. Brown, Elijah Jordan, Rosemary Lang, Catharine Merrill, John E. Potzger, Michael Schelle, Allegra Stewart, Emma Lou Thornbrough, and Alice Bidwell Wesenberg.

Below are the following sections of information:

  • Special Collections - Collection Guides: Available collection guides
  • Special Collections - Inventory: A complete inventory 

There are two primary collection-numbering systems within Special Collections:

  • MSS designates collections that reach a minimum size of one manuscript box
  • MSS-SM designates collections that are smaller than one manuscript box, usually only a few folders

Based upon format, here are two additional collection-numbering systems within Special Collections:

  • PRI designates print collections

  • MUS designates sheet music collections

NOTE: More collection guides will be made available from this page as collections continue to be processed. The majority of the collection guides listed are older and outdated but have been made available in their current states to allow researchers a point of access. These collection guides will be updated to reflect new information and inventories as reprocessing takes place.

Please contact Special Collections with questions. 

Special Collections - Frequently Requested Collection Guides

Special Collections - Collection Guides

Special Collections - Inventory

MSS 001 John E. Potzger Collection
MSS 002 Allegra Stewart Collection
MSS 003 Emma Lou Thornbrough Collection
MSS 004 Ovid Butler Collection
MSS 005 Eliza A. Blaker Collection
MSS 006 Hilton U. Brown Collection
MSS 007 Fred Offutt Collection
MSS 008 Beldon Leonard Collection
MSS 009 Lloyd Family Collection
MSS 010

Adele Piel Meyer Collection

MSS 011 Etheridge Knight Collection
MSS 012 Etheridge Knight Addition
MSS 013 Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Collection
MSS 014 Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association Collection
MSS 015 Jean Sibelius Collection & Addition
MSS 016 Kin Hubbard-Gaar Williams Collection
MSS 017 Four Freshman Collection
MSS 018 Abraham Lincoln Research Collection (Lincolniana)
MSS 019 J. Russell Townsend Collection
MSS 020 Perry K. Zahn Collection
MSS 021 Kay Kenoyer Daily Collection
MSS 022

Katharine Merrill Graydon Papes

MSS 023 Indianapolis Literary Club Collection
MSS 024 Carthon Henley Ressler Collection
MSS 025 Booth Tarkington Collection  
MSS 026 James Mulholland Papers
MSS 027

May Schaefer Iske Collection

MSS 028 David M. and Anita C. Silver Lincoln and Civil War Collection 
MSS 029 Esther A. Renfrew Paddock Madame de Stael Collection
MSS 030 Alice Bidwell Wesenberg Collection 


MSS 031 Jane Messick Papers
MSS 032 William A. Dailey Papers
MSS 033 Howard Caldwell Collection 
MSS 034 Myron Miller Papers
MSS 035 Bette Richart Collection 
MSS 036 George O. Comfort Papers
MSS 037 Ray C. Friesner Papers
MSS 038 Georgia Ann Baker Pitcher Collection 
MSS 039 Steve Abbot Collection 
MSS 040 Charles W. Moores Papers
MSS 041 George Marott Papers
MSS 042 Colin Edward King Diary 
MSS 043 Rosemary Lang Collection 
MSS 044 Almeda F. Lowman and Nellie Hollingsworth Teachers College of Indianapolis Scrapbooks
MSS 045 Rex N. Webster Collection 
MSS 046 George M. and Martha S. Waller Collection 
MSS 047 Charles A. Henzie Colleciton 
MSS 048 Charles H. Walters Papers 
MSS 049 Howard Baetzhold Papers
MSS 050 David Starr Jordan Published Papers 


MSS 051 Bernard F. Wurger Playbill Collection 
MSS 052 William D. Howe Irvington Athenaeum Papers
MSS 053 Eleanor Vivien Holt Lockwood Collection 
MSS 054 Milton Weiner Collection 
MSS 055 C.C. "Corry" Bauermeister Collection 
MSS 056 Florence Elizabeth Wood Scrapbook 
MSS 057 Ruth Duckwall Rasmussen Williams Collection
MSS 058 Horst Family Collection 
MSS 059 Herb Schwomeyer Collection 
MSS 060 Edward L. Shawnessey Collection 
MSS 061 Emily M. Helming Papers 
MSS 062 Bill Davis Collection
MSS 063 Lewis Vogeler Rare Book Catalog Records
MSS 064 Vivian S. Delbrook Collection
MSS 065 Delbert F. Kleis Collection 
MSS 066 Kathryn M. Brown Collection 
MSS 067 McGugin Family Papers 
MSS 068 Louise Eleanor Ross Kleinhenz Collection
MSS 069

George Cullen Thomas Papers

MSS 070 Carrie Eliza Benham Collection 
MSS 071 Opal J. Bennett Papers 
MSS 072 Ken Otterstedt Collection 
MSS 073 Universidad de Leon Collection 
MSS 074 Scrapbook and Ephemera of Butler University from 1940s to 1960s
MSS 075 Scrapbook and Ephemera of Butler University from 1947 to 1950
MSS 076 Robert D. Dunn Photobook 
MSS 077 Don Wilson Scrapbooks
MSS 078 Scrapbooks from Butler University from 1952 to 1955
MSS 079 Scrapbook of Butler University from 1922 to 1923
MSS 080 Butler University Class of 1912 Reunion Scrapbook 
MSS 081 Berneatha Irene O'Dell Scrapbook 
MSS 082 Anne Fleming & William Miner Butler Scrapbooks
MSS 083 Photo Album of 1974 Shortridge High School Senior Class 
MSS 084 Sigma Gamma Rho Centennial Collection 
MSS 085 Sigma Gamma Rho Time Capsule
MSS 086 Paul Hanson Papers 
MSS 087 Dale Beeler World War I Primary Source Papers
MSS 088 Elizabeth Meyer Papers 
MSS 089 F. Madden Brut Transcription 
MSS 090 Jordan College of the Arts Dance Alumni Collection 
MSS 091 Schwitizer Hall Scrapbooks
MSS 092 Butler University Achievements of Man Lecture Series Papers
MSS 093 Chris Theofanis Collection 
MSS 094 Richard Madden Playbills
MSS 095 Indiana and Indianapolis Research Files
MSS 096 John P. Kondelik "Butler University and the Dream of Distinction" Papes 
MSS 097 Eileen Poston Collection 
MSS 098 Sigma Gamma Rho 100th Anniversary Time Capsule
MSS 099 Sigma Gamma Rho Realia Collection 
MSS 100 Indiana: A Shared Place; Many Peoples, Many Arts
MSS 101 Butler University Air Force ROTC Papers
MSS 102 Will D. Howe "The Shoemaker's Holiday" Scrapbook
MSS 103 Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood "Harmony in Dissonance" Oral History Project 
MSS 104

Creative Options for Reaching Excellence (CORE) Oral Histories

MSS 105 Meridian String Quartet Recordings
MSS-SM 001 J. Joseph Riley Papers
MSS-SM 002 Nita P. Walker Papers
MSS-SM 003 Beulah Mae Smith Diary 
MSS-SM 004 Alexander Weinstein Cavins Papers 
MSS-SM 005 Eva Young Wiles Autobiography
MSS-SM 006 James Alexander Hanlin Civil War Letters
MSS-SM 007 Eaton Family Civil War Letters 
MSS-SM 008 Eleanor A. Taylor Scrapbook 
MSS-SM 009 William Marshall Papers
MSS-SM 010 William B. and Mary E. Johnson Diplomas
MSS-SM 011 Jack C. Miller Papers
MSS-SM 012 Elsie Felt Blue Books 
MSS-SM 013 No collection 
MSS-SM 014 Vivian S. Delbrook Collection 
MSS-SM 015 Opal J. Bennett Papers
MSS-SM 016 Butler University Army Air Force Band Photographs
MSS-SM 017 Bernetha Irene O'Dell Scrapbook
MSS-SM 018 No collection 
MSS-SM 019 Christopher Cox Papers
MSS-SM 020 Notebook from Dr. Ray C. Friesner's 1929 Plant Physiology Class 
MSS-SM 021 Barbara Fowler Papers 
MSS-SM 022 Holcomb Family 1928-1929 Vacation Notebooks
MSS-SM 023 Clarence LaRue Goodwin Autobiography
MSS-SM 024 Harold R. Swartz Papers
MSS-SM 025 Matthias Davis Papers
MSS-SM 026 William R. Mathews Autobiography
MSS-SM 027 "Queen of My Dreams" Musical Comedy Papers
MSS-SM 028 Black Family Collection 
MSS-SM 029 Mary Catherine Wild Collection 
MSS-SM 030 Charles T. Whitsett Collection 
MSS-SM 031 Margaret Habich Papers
MSS-SM 032 John Henry Oliver Smith Collection 
MSS-SM 033 Ernest Paul Fink Collection 
MSS-SM 034 Gertrude Hecker Winders Scrapbook
MSS-SM 035 Sameul K. Hoshour Lecture Notes
MSS-SM 036 Butler University Course Lectures and Lecture Notes
MSS-SM 037 Charles E. Feinberg Walt Whitman Papers
MSS-SM 038 Irving Fine and Robert W. Smith Correspondence
MSS-SM 039 Hungarian Plays
MSS-SM 040 Joanna J. Hall Transcriptions and Papers
MSS-SM 041 Richard W. Anderson Jr. Collection
MSS-SM 042

Joseph Arthur Berry Papers

MSS-SM 043 Betty Murnan-Smith Papers
MSS-SM 044 Milton Farber Papers
MSS-SM 045 Marjorie Schock Papers
MSS-SM 046 Uldene Christenberry Diploma
MSS-SM 047 DeWitt Brown Papers
MSS-SM 048 Horace Tudor's 1985 "A Book of Memories"
MSS-SM 049 Robert Mansfield's 2000 "Moon Over Maui"
MSS-SM 050 Norman Wilkens' 2020 "Treasures" 
MSS-SM 051 Leo Harper's "Leo Remembers"
MSS-SM 052 Charles Walters' 1999 "Letters from an American Soldier, 1941-1946"
MSS-SM 053 Patricia Douglass' "Variations Handbook"
MSS-SM 054 Werner Seidler Herbal (Kreuterbuch/Krauterbuch) Translation Papers
MSS-SM 055 Sally Moore-Betty Gour Course Papers
MSS-SM 056 Cassandra Crowley-Betty Gour Course Papers
MSS-SM 057 No collection
MSS-SM 058 Mary Ann Malott Drawings
MSS-SM 059 Helen A. Wesp Teachers College of Indianapolis Photo Album
MSS-SM 060 William M. French Scrapbook
MSS-SM 061 Bishir/Eberly Collection 
MSS-SM 062 Jerome L. Musher Butler University Military Training Photographs
MSS-SM 063 Nicholas M. Cripe Essays on Butler University Debate
MSS-SM 064 Edmond Hamby and Henry Bade Civil War Diary 
MSS-SM 065 Butler University WWII Army Air Force Band Photographs
MSS-SM 066

Hilton U. Brown Theatre - Starlight Musical

MSS-SM 067 Florence Smock Papers
MSS-SM 068 1940 Butler University Graduate Commencement Photographs
MSS-SM 069 Jan Schmidt-William McDermott Correspondence
MSS-SM 070 Golden Thomas Oral History on Teachers College of Indianapolis
MSS-SM 071 Butler University 2002 9/11 Memorial Book 
MSS-SM 072 Thomas A. Hendricks Newspaper Articles
MSS-SM 073 Bruce Bigelow Papers
MSS-SM 074 Thomas Carr Howe Family Letter
MSS-SM 075 "White Petals" Manuscript


PRI 001 Jeanette Siron Pelton Botanical Prints
PRI 002 Zoological Prints
PRI 003 Manuscripts
PRI 004 Jean de La Fontaine Les Fables Prints 
PRI 005 Alexander Wilson American Ornithology Prints
PRI 006 Richard A. Davis Butler University Faculty Portraits
PRI 007 Portraits of Authors Collection 
PRI 008 Tibetan Buddhist Woodblock Prints
PRI 009 Giovanni Battista Piranesi Engravings
PRI 010 15th and 16th Century English Indentures and Contracts (Vellum)
PRI 011 Antiphony Leaves (Vellum) 



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