Anne M. Butler Collection on Catholic Sisters in the American West
This collection contains research, correspondence, publications, lectures, awards, audiovisual materials, and other materials related to the work of Dr. Anne M. Butler.
The bulk of this collection is research notes on monasteries across the United States that pertain to her writings (mostly for her book Across God's Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American West, 1850-1920). The collection also includes fifteen dolls dressed in traditional nun habits.
- 1860 - 2014
- Majority of material found within 2010 - 2014
The collection is open for use.
About Anne Butler
Anne M. Butler was editor of the Western Historical Quarterly. She was also a Distinguished Trustee Professor Emerita of Utah State University.
Butler was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on December 4, 1938. As an infant she was placed in the foster care of Delbert and Charlotte Theall for fourteen years. In the 1950s she moved to Baltimore and graduated from Notre Dame of Maryland Preparatory School. She then graduated from Maryland's Towson State University and went on to recieve her doctorate in American history from the University of Maryland College Park in 1979.
She taught history at a number of universities including: Gallaudet University for the Deaf in Washington, D.C., University of Maryland, Towson State University, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and Loyola College of Maryland. Butler moved to Utah in 1989 and was an associate editor at Utah State University. She became the first woman senior editor of the Western Historical Quarterly.
Dr. Butler was known for her scholarship concerning the history of the American West, specifically criminal women, cultural issues, and Roman Catholic nuns. She was the author of various articles and book, including, Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the American West, Gendered Justice in the American West: Women Prisoners in Men's Penitnentiaries, and the multi-prize winning Across God's Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American West, 1850-1920.
Butler died on November 10, 2014.
9.1 Linear Feet (22 boxes, plus 9 oversized boxes)
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This collection contains the papers and artifacts of Dr. Anne M. Butler. Materials contain research, correspondence, publications, lectures, awards, audiovisual material, and other materials related to her work.
This collection is arranged in 5 series, some with subseries. Folders in each series are predominantly arranged alphabetically.
Series 1: Writing Projects
Series 2: Research Materials
Series 3: Professional Activities
Series 4: Audiovisual
Series 5: Artifacts
This collection is arranged in 5 series. Folders in each series are predominantly arranged alphabetically.
- Series 1: Writing Projects
- 1.1 - Across God's Frontiers
- 1.2 - Other Projects
- Series 2: Research Materials
- 2.1 - Assorted Material
- 2.2 - Pamphlets
- 2.3 - Photographs & Photocopies
- 2.4 - Printouts
- 2.5 - Research Notes
- 2.6 - Resources, Assorted
- Series 3: Professional Activities
- 3.1 - Lectures
- 3.2 - Awards
- Series 4: Audiovisual
- 4.1 - DVDs
- 4.2 - Microfilm
- 4.3 - Slides
- 4.4 - Photographs
- Series 5: Artifacts
- 5.1 - Dolls
Anne Butler donated her collection of personal and business correspondence, manuscripts, papers, photographs, slides, DVDs, dolls, and books to St. Catherine University in 2015.
The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Stephanie Ronning & Joseph Larsen, February 2016 - April 2016.
- Guide to Anne M. Butler Collection on Catholic Sisters in the American West
- Stephanie Ronning & Joseph Larsen, MLIS Graduate Students
- April 2016
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