A Guide to the Miriam Butterworth Papers, 1935-2011

A Guide to the Miriam Butterworth Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Miriam Butterworth Papers
Creator
Miriam Butterworth
Inclusive Dates
1935-2011
Extent
5.0 Linear feet
Abstract
The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, artifacts, and memoirs regarding Miriam Butterworth's life and activism, as well as her participation in local, state, and national politics.
Call Number
2008.0060
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Daniel Wildes. (September 2010, July 2014)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Miriam Butterworth Papers. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The Miriam Butterworth Papers were donated to Archives & Special Collections in 2008 by Miriam Butterworth.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Miriam Butterworth Papers. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Caucus of Connecticut Democrats
  • Sane/Freeze
  • West Hartford Town Council
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (information artifacts).
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Maps (documents)
  • Notebooks
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire--Squam Lakes
  • United States
  • West Hartford (Conn.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Butterworth, Miriam
  • Butterworth, Oliver

Subject(s)

  • City Councils
  • Peace
  • Political participation
  • Women

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Biography

Miriam Brooks Butterworth, educator and political activist, was born on April 14, 1918. She graduated from Chaffee School in 1936 and received a Bachelors Degree from  Connecticut College for Women in 1940 and a Masters Degree in 1959 from  Wesleyan University in 1959. She married  Oliver Butterworth in 1940; they raised four children together. Her experience studying in Nazi  Germany in 1938 inspired  Mrs. Butterworth to live a life of public service and political activism. She began her professional career as a teacher and later became active in many different political movements, including presidential campaigns, senatorial campaigns, the Freeze campaign to stop the production of nuclear arms, and various movements to increase the general public's voice in politics. She has served as a  Eugene McCarthy delegate at the 1968  Democratic National Convention,  PUCA commissioner,  the West Hartford Town Council member, temporary president of  Hartford College for Women, and  West Hartford, Connecticut town historian.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, clippings, notes, photographs, artifacts, and memoirs regarding Miriam Butterworth's life and activism in local, state, and national campaigns from 1935-2008. Topics include Mrs. Butterworth's life, her career in education,  Squam Lake, New Hampshire, and her political activism in presidential and senatorial campaigns, anti-war movements,  the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats (CCD), the Sane/Freeze campaign against nuclear proliferation,  West Hartford Town Council, and the  Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Personal Papers, 1935-2008 

BoxFolder

Awards and Honors, 1959-2005 

1:1

Biographical Documents, n.d. 

1:2

Biographical Documents, 1968-2011 

862

Certificates and Diplomas, 1940-2005 

1:3

Correspondence, 1975-2005 

1:4

Letters to the Editor, 1968-2004 

1:5

Memoir: "Don't Just Stand There, or Living in Interesting Times, Part I", n.d. 

1:6

Memoir: "Don't Just Stand There Part II: Family Matters", n.d. 

1:7

Memoir: "Don't Just Stand There Part III: What on Earth Did You Do? Careers and Causes", n.d. 

1:8

Memoir: "Don't Just Stand There Part IV: The Past is Prologue", n.d. 

1:9

Memoir: "Don't Just Stand There Part V: Epilogue", n.d. 

1:10

Memoir: "Squam: A Sense of Place", n.d. 

1:11

Newspaper Clippings, Personal, 1938-2008 

1:12

Newspaper Clippings, Butterworth vs. Dempsey Court Case, 1963-1966 

2:13

Newspaper Clippings, Oliver Butterworth, 1963-1994 

2:14

Newspaper Clippings, Latin America, 1984-2003 

2:15

Notes, People's Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks, 1971 

2:16

Notes, People's Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks, 1971 

2:17

Notebooks, Nicaragua Elections, 1984 

2:18

Notebooks, Latin America Trip, 1988 

2:19

Notebooks, El Salvador and Nicaragua, 1991 

2:20

Notebook, Liberation Theology, 1991 

2:21

Notebook, Honduras, 1998 

2:22

Notes, Peace Appeal Congress, 1999 

2:23

Notebook, The Hague, 1999 

3:24

Notes, Miscellaneous 1969-1999 

3:25

Participant Booklet, Connecticut College Archeological Seminar in Israel and Jordan, 2000 

3:26

Programs, 1935-2004 

3:27

Speeches, n.d. 

3:28

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Series II: Subject Files, 1963-2005 

BoxFolder

Activism Files, 1962-2003 

3:29

Caucus of Connecticut Democrats, 1969-2000 

3:30

Caucus of Connecticut Democrats 10th Anniversary Celebration 1979 

3:31

Caucus of Connecticut Democrats 20th Anniversary Celebration 1989 

3:32

Caucus of Connecticut Democrats, A Celebration of Mims n.d. 

4:33

Caucus of Connecticut Democrats, CCD Reports 1981-1988 

4:34

Connecticut District Maps, 1966 

4:35

Correspondence, 1962-1976 

4:36

Correspondence, 1981-2002 

4:37

Democratic National Committee, 1970-2000 

4:38

Democratic Political Campaigns, 1968-1970 

4:39

Latin America, 1984-1989 

4:40

Legal Documents, 1962-1969 

4:41

Legal Documents, 1970-1980 

4:42

Newspaper Clippings, Caucus of Connecticut Democrats, 1968-1970 

4:43

Newspaper Clippings, Connecticut Politics, 1969-1987 

5:44

Newspaper Clippings, Eugene McCarthy Presidential Campaign, 1968 

5:45

Newspaper Clippings, Democratic National Convention, 1968 

5:46

Newspaper Clippings, Vietnam War, 1968-1971 

5:47

Newspaper Clippings, West Harford Town Council Elections, 1981-1990 

5:48

Newspaper Clippings, World Conference on Women, 1995 

5:49

Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1995-2005 

5:50

Nuclear Non-Proliferation (SANE, Freeze, Peace Action), 1982-2005 

5:51

Tax Reform, 1969 

6:52

Vietnam War, 1960-1971 

6:53

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1995 

6:54

West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice, 1988-2010 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Florence Woodiel, 02/17/1937-10/06/2010
859

West Hartford Town Council Resolutions, 1981-1983 

6:55

West Hartford Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, 1998 

6:56

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Series III: Photographs, 1962-2000 

BoxFolder

Photographs, 1962-2000   Photographs from political campaigns and visit to Central American with SANE Freeze and Peace Action.

6:57

Photograph Album, 2000 

6:58
Item

Posterboard Photographs   1.0 Item Photographs of Miriam with Walter Mondale, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd and other prominant politicians. Photographs assembled on a poster board.

1

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Series IV: Oversized, 1936-2005 

BoxFolder

Caucus of Connecticut Democrats Bumper Stickers, n.d. 

7

The Chaffee School Diploma, 1936 

7

Connecticut College Commencement Program, 1980 

7

Connecticut College Archeological Seminar Nametag, 2000 

7

National Peace Action Coalition March on Washington Poster, n.d. 

7

Public Utilities Control Authority Commissioner Plaque, n.d. 

7

Public Utilities Control Authority Certificate, 1978 

7
Box

Families in Crisis, Inc. Certificate of Appreciation, 04/13/1989 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Butterworth, Miriam
7

Bring Our War $$$ Home!, Bumper Sticker, 

7

Ned Lamont for Governor, Bumper Sticker, 

7

State of Connecticut, General Assembly Official Citation, 04/13/2008 

7

The Town of West Hartford, Proclamation 04/10/2002 

7

West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, 14th Annual Noah Webster Award, 04/10/2002 

7

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