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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 115

Papers of Priscilla Drury Butler, 1922-1978


Photographs, course notes, exams, papers, clippings, etc., of Priscilla Drury Butler, Radcliffe College Class of 1926.


  • Creation: 1922-1978


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Priscilla Drury Butler as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

This collection consists of Radcliffe College course notes, papers, examinations, autobiographical writings, and lectures on religious topics.


Priscilla Drury Butler was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, on June 6, 1902 and was graduated from Colt High School (Bristol) in June 1919. She completed her senior year at Bancroft School (Worcester) in 1920. At Radcliffe, she concentrated in Art and Religion receiving her B.A. in 1926. After graduation, she took non-credit courses in Bible study and Biblical Art at the Episcopal Theological School (Cambridge). She first worked at Ginn and Co. and then with the Massachusetts Department of Education, Division of University Extension.

Butler married Manley Butler, a painter, and they traveled extensively on painting trips. She had an active life of her own lecturing on religion and the Bible to adults and young adults in the Episcopal Church sponsored by the Department of Education of the Diocese of Massachusetts. She also was a member of the executive board of the Episcopal Church Service League and for four years Chairman of the North Shore District.

She died on April 6, 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R89-23

This collection was given to the Archives in November, 1989 by Priscilla Drury Butler's cousin, Roger W. Drury.

Processing Information

Processed: September 1990

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Butler, Priscilla Drury, 1902-1978. Papers of Priscilla Drury Butler, 1922-1978: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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