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Butler, Howard Crosby, 1872-1922
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Howard Crosby Butler Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of correspondence of Howard Crosby Butler, Princeton professor of the history of architecture, with former students undergoing military training during World War I.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of thirty-seven letters (1917) to Butler from several former students undergoing training in the U.S. armed forces during World War I. Many of the letters are written on Army and Navy Young Men's Christian Association stationery; one bears the Princeton Flying School letterhead and is accompanied with a Princeton Aviation Corps envelope.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Butler, Howard Crosby, 1872-1922

Howard Crosby Butler was an archaeologist and professor of the history of architecture at Princeton University. In his early student days he played leading roles in the first productions of the newly founded Triangle Club and helped organize the college's third eating club, Tiger Inn, whose clubhouse he later designed. He organized and led three archaeological expeditions into the Syrian Desert and two expeditions for the excavation of ancient Sardis, discovering there long-hidden treasures that enriched modern knowledge of Lydian, Greek, Syrian, and Roman civilizations.

Collection History


AM 11877, 14688

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 25, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Howard Crosby Butler Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2