University Archives documents and preserves the history and records of Butler University. Materials within this institutional archive were created by or for Butler University, specifically those relating to the institution's operations and history. The collection is a combination of official institutional records and correspondence, student and alumni organizational records and ephemera, institutional publications, and research collections maintained by the department. Some frequently used resources and collections include academic bulletins and catalogs, alumni directories, The Butler Alumnal Quarterly (know published as the Butler Magazine), The Butler Collegian (student-run newspaper), the Drift (yearbook), the Butler University Buildings and Grounds Collection (which includes text, visual images, and select architectural plans), and the Butler University Biographical Files Collection.
Below are the following sections of information:
NOTE: More collection guides will be made available from this page as collections continue to be processed. Some of the collection guides listed are older and outdated but have been made available in their current states to allow researchers a point of access.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.
The following are a selection of resources (some available online and others only described) that are held in University Archives. While this is not a full inventory of what University Archives holds, it is a starting place for researchers.
A Selection of Predecessor Access Lists for Butler University Board Minutes (UA01.01)
These access lists were created by the department of Special Collections sometime prior to 1995. While these access lists do not provide full word-for-word access to Butler University Board minutes online, they provide basic information that can be found in the minutes such as general subjects, meeting dates, and a chronological listing of topics covered in the meeting minutes (for only particular years); researchers may then contact Special Collections with specific questions about specific content in the minutes or may schedule a research visit to view the minutes themselves.
These predecessor access lists will be updated at a future point in time.
As of June 2021, the inventory of the University Archives at Butler University is incomplete. The department is in the process of completing the first University Archives inventory in order to provide more information about the collections to patrons, including information such as their size, contents, and provenance. In addition, most of the materials are unprocessed or have not been fully organized and reviewed.
For more information on University Archives and its holdings, please contact Special Collections.
The University Archives collection is organized using a classification system. According to the Society of American Archivists' Dictionary, a classification scheme is "A diagram or chart that describes standard categories used to organize materials with similar characteristics." The "standard categories" equate to general collection identification numbers that allow for efficient and simplistic intake of materials.
Materials are regularly accepted and added to University Archives, primarily from Butler University departments and individuals associated with the institution. Department records held by University Archives may not be processed or have a completed collection guide due to time constraints, but the classification system allows for streamlined storage and more simplistic access to unprocessed materials.
|UA00.00||Butler University Research Files|
|UA00.01||Butler University Buildings and Grounds Collection|
|UA00.02||Butler University Biographical Files|
|UA00.03||Butler University Events Collection|
|UA00.04||Butler University Publications|
|UA00.05||Butler University Ephemera|
|UA00.06||Butler University Artifacts|
|UA00.07||Butler University Audio and Audiovisual Materials|
|UA00.08||Butler University Photographs and Visual Images|
Butler University Course Materials and Class Assignments
|UA00.10||Butler University in America's Wars Collection|
|UA00.11||Butler University Newspaper Clippings|
|UA00.12||Butler University Posters and Illustrations|
|UA00.13||Butler University Selected History Publications and Speeches|
|UA01.00||Research Files, Administration and Administrative Departments|
|UA01.01||Board of Trustees (Board of Directors)|
|UA01.06||Registrar (Student Records)|
|UA02.01||Faculty Senate (Faculty Assembly)|
|UA02.03||Sabbatical Leave and Fellowship|
|UA02.04||American Association of University Women (AAUW)|
|UA02.05||American Association of University Professors (AAUP)|
|UA02.06||Butler University Women's Faculty Club|
|UA03.02||Alumni Office (Alumni Association)|
|UA03.05||Marketing and Communications|
|UA03.07||Public Affairs/Public Relations|
|UA03.08||Butler University Police Department|
|UA03.10||Center for Global Education (Study Abroad)|
|UA03.11||Office for Institutional Research|
|UA03.12||Butler Art Committee|
|UA03.13||Gender Equity Commission|
|UA03.17||Center for Faith and Vocation|
|UA03.19||Clowes Hall-Butler Arts and Events Center|
|UA04.01||College of Liberal Arts & Sciences|
|UA04.02||College of Religion (Christian Theological Seminary)|
|UA04.03||College of Education|
|UA04.04||Lacy School of Business|
|UA04.05||College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences|
|UA04.06||Jordan College of the Arts|
|UA04.07||College of Communication|
|UA04.08||Butler University Libraries|
|UA04.09||Holcomb Research Institute|
|UA04.10||Deans' Council (Administrative Council)|
|UA04.11||School of Physical Education and Athletics|
|UA05.00.01||Butler University Student and Alumni Organization Research Files|
|UA05.00.02||Butler University Greek Organization Research Files|
|UA05.00.03||Butler University Professional and Honorary Society Research Files|
|UA05.03||Athenian Literary Society|
|UA05.04||Demia Butler Society|
|UA05.06||Catharine Merrill Club|
|UA05.07||Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha (Debate Club)|
|UA05.08||Butler Alumnae Literary Club|
|UA05.09||Association of Women Students|
|UA05.12||Association of Independent Students (Butler Independent Association)|
|UA05.14||Odd Topics Society|
|UA05.17||Butler Troop of Campus Girl Scouts|
|UA05.21||Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma (Band Fraternity)|
|UA05.23||Sigma Alpha Mu|
|UA05.25||Phi Kappa Phi|
|UA05.26||Sigma Alpha Iota|
|UA05.27||Pi Epsilon Phi|
|UA05.28||Mu Phi Epsilon Honorary Music Society|
|UA05.29||Phi Mu Alpha|
|UA05.30||Phi Beta Kappa|
|UA05.31||Alpha Lambda Delta|
|UA05.32||Women in Communication (preceded by Scribblers' Club and Theta Sigma Phi)|
|UA05.33||Delta Delta Delta|
|UA05.35||Physician Assistant (PA) Student Society|
- Primarily articles and newspaper clippings; some ephemera