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Francelia Butler Papers

Identifier: 1997-0056

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into eleven sections, containing personal papers and notes, manuscript materials, publications, reel to reel audio tapes, audio cassettes, and video tapes.


  • undated, 1915-1997



Due to their fragile condition, the scrapbooks are restricted from research use. Consult with the Curator for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Francelia McWilliams Butler was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 25, 1913. She met Jerome Butler, a journalist for the International Herald Tribune, while in Paris in 1937 and married him on July 4, 1939. She received a bachelor of arts degree in 1934 from Oberlin College, and following her husband's death in 1949 a master's degree from Georgetown University. In 1963 she received a Ph.D in renaissance literature from the University of Virginia, and began teaching English at the University of Connecticut in 1965.

Butler did a number of things while at the University, including the founding of Children's Literature Foundation and the Children's Literature journal, and creating the Peace Games, a conflict resolution program for children. When she was originally hired by the University, she believed that children's literature should be thought about more seriously, and she helped to do so through her teaching. Many of her students went on to teach children's literature themselves, and to contribute to the advancement of the field she loved so deeply. She retired from the University in 1992, at the age of 79, but remained a resident of Mansfield, Connecticut. She died September 17, 1998 at the age of 85.


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The manuscripts, personal papers, scrapbooks, publications, and media documentation of children's book author and scholar Francelia Butler, Professor Emerita of Children's Literature at the University of Connecticut. The collection includes copies of her own works, as well as the work of various other authors. In addition to the text materials in the collection there are numerous audio and video tapes of many well known figures discussing various topics related to children's literature, including James Marshall, Maurice Sendak, and others who presented in Butler's "kiddie lit" classes.

Acquisition Information

The bulk of the records were donated to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in 1997 by Francelia Butler. In 1999 and 2001, following Francelia Butler's death, Susan (Butler) Wandell donated additional materials to the collection.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to children's literature and associated artwork. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

Children's Literature: Loop, 1997-0056/VR1 Books in Accession 2021-0042 have been cataloged and are accessible in the Library online catalog.

Electronic Records Processing note

1997-0056 Box 21: "The Melted Refrigerator" 3 floppy diskettes. Files on 1 of 3 and 2 of 3 floppy diskettes stabilized. Floppy diskette 3 of 3 contained system file only and was not stabilized. Diskette 3 of 3 was destroyed. Diskettes 1 of 3 and 2 of 3 were also destroyed.

1997-0056_2010-12-13-14-03-15 files stabilized, 1 floppy diskette (diskette destroyed) 1997-0056_2010-12-13-14-01-00 files stabilized, 1 floppy diskette (diskette destroyed)

Francelia Butler Papers
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This finding aid was prepared with generous support from the Northeast Children's Literature Collection Endowment Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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