M88-02 - RICHARD C. BUTLER COLLECTION

Richard C. Butler was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on January 1, 1910.  He is the son of Mr. R.C. Butler, Sr. a prominent real estate agent, and Mrs. Edna Clok Butler.  He attended the public schools in Little Rock, and in 1929 graduated from Little Rock Junior College - now UALR.  In 1931, he graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School, and in 1933 was admitted to the bar.  In 1981, Hendrix College awarded an honorary doctorate to Mr. Butler, and UALR followed suit in 1986.  During World War II he served with the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India Theatre, eventually being promoted to Major.

Mr. Butler practiced law from 1933 to 1963 mainly as a partner in the House, Holmes, Butler, and Jewell law firm.  In 1957, he served as special counsel for the Little Rock School Board during the controversial Little Rock School Integration Crisis.  Upon his retirement from the law firm, he went on to a career in banking, serving as Chairman, and eventually senior chairman of Commercial National Bank until his retirement in 1981.  He then served five years as chairman of People's Savings and Loan Association.  Throughout his career, Mr. Butler has always taken a major role in church, civic, and educational affairs in his community of Little Rock.  He has helped such Little Rock organizations as the First Methodist Church, UALR, and the Boys Club.  He is also noted for his horticultural activities.

He is married to the former Miss Gertrude Remmel, who is also very active in Little Rock civic affairs.  They have one son, Richard C. Butler, Jr.

The bulk of the papers consist of printed materials and correspondence relating to the 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation.  The collection contains some personal and business papers, and a few photographs.  Only a few papers are dated prior to 1957 and after 1958.

NOTE:  When requesting material, please specify collection number [M88-02], series number, box number, and file number.

 

 

Box 1

File 1 – Biographical and General Data

File 2 – Correspondence 1958 ‑ 1969

File 3 – Correspondence 1970-1984 and undated

File 4 – Service and Religious Organizations 1957-1971

File 5 – Service and Religious Organizations 1972-1981 and undated

File 6 – Horticultural Activities

File 7 – General Business Methods

File 8 – Rock Island Railroad Board, 1966

File 9 – Turnpike Proposal

File 10- Kinark Corp. Materials

File 11- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation, 1956

File 12- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation, 1957

File 13- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation, Jan.-May 1958

File 14- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation, June-July 1958

File 15- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation, August 1958

File 16- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation, September 1958

File 17- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation, Nov.-Dec. 1958 and undated

File 18- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation - Public Comments, May-August 1958

File 19- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation - Public Comments, Sept. 1-15,1958

File 20- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation - Public Comments, Sept. 16, 1958-1959

File 21- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation - Newspaper Clippings, 1956-1958

File 22- 1957 Little Rock School Integration Crisis Litigation - Race Relations Materials

File 23- Photographs

Envelope 1 – Richard C. Butler, Jr. c.1967

Envelope 2 – Richard C. Butler, Jr. c.1967

Envelope 3 – Richard C. Butler, Jr. and Sr. c.1967

Envelope 4 – Richard C. Butler, Sr. c. 1969

Envelope 5 – Richard C. Butler, Sr. c. 1969

Envelope 6 – Unknown Person c.1970

Envelope 7 – Richard C. Butler, Sr. c. 1974

Envelope 8 – Richard C. Butler, Sr. c 1974

Envelope 9 – Richard C. Butler, Sr. c 1974

Envelope 10- Richard C. Butler, Sr. c 1974

Envelope 11- Richard C. Butler, Sr. c 1978

Envelope 12- Richard C. Butler, Sr. c 1958

Envelope 13- The Commercial National Bank c 1964

Envelope 14- The winners circle on race game, “The Little Rock Chambers of Commerce Purse”

Envelope 15- Formal Party L to R Herbert V. Peochnon, James H. Penick, Richard Butler and Bus Ottenbeciner (Names are difficult to read)

Envelope 16- Richard Butler 1970

Envelope 17- Richard Butler 1970

Envelope 18- November Board Meeting 1972

Envelope 19- Newbon and Winthrop Rockefeller

Envelope 20- Formal Party with Governor Bumper, Mr. Walter, Mr. Oliphant and Mr. Cook

Envelope 21- Publicity Photo from the group “The Bigwoods”, 1972

Envelope 22- Richard Butler Sr., Aqrian Williamson, E. Tucker, Bean Higgins, Ed Geers at the Heifer project International, 1977

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End of Collection