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Guide to the Digby B. Butler Papers 1866-1869

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Butler, Digby B. Papers




0.25 linear ft. (1 box)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Digby Bell Butler, poet, lawyer, judge. The Digby B. Butler Papers consist of a scrapbook, a manuscript, and newspaper articles.

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Digby B. Butler. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Digby Bell Butler graduated from the Old University of Chicago in 1868 and recited an original poem at his graduation exercises. While at the University, Butler was the president of the Tri Kappa Society, the recording secretary of the Christian Association, the vice-president of the Students' Association, an editor for the school newspaper Index Universitatis, and a member of Phi Kappa Psi.

After graduating, Digby served as an alternate member of the Chicago Alumni Association. He was elected as judge of probate in Frankfort, Michigan (1866-1872). In and around 1877 Digby was a lawyer in the firm of Ramsdell & Benedict in Manistee County, Michigan. He was a Presidential Elector for Michigan in 1896.

Scope Note

The Digby B. Butler Papers consist of a scrapbook with material related to Butler's activities at the Old University of Chicago and his election as judge of probate (1868-1872), a poem written and signed by Butler (1866), and four copies of Index Universitatis (1866, 1868, and 1869).

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Box 1   Folder 1

Scrapbooks of news clippings, articles, programs and announcements related to Butler's student activities at the University of Chicago and election as judge of probate in Frankfort, Michigan,


Box 1   Folder 2

Signed manuscript of untitled poem by Butler, beginning, "Fellow Sophomores, we've now assembled here...,"


Box 1   Folder 3

Index Universitatis,

April 1866 (2 copies), April 1868, February 1869