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Charles T. Butler letters

Identifier: AC-540

Scope and Contents

The Charles T. Butler Letters is a collection of about 300 letters from Butler's friends and family. The bulk of these letters date from 1937 to 1956. There are a couple letters from 1962 and 1965, as well as many undated letters. Pieces of ephemera and a few photographs are also included in the collection. Many of these letters were written and sent to Butler during World War II when he was serving as a pilot instructor. Over twenty different friends and family members wrote to him from all over the United States; from California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and others.


  • Majority of material found in 1937-1981


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Conditions Governing Use

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Appalachian State University assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

Lieutenant Charles T. Butler was a chemical engineer from Hazelton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Princeton in 1935 and started working in his family's business, Central Penn Quarry Stripping and Construction Company, as a manager for surface mining operations. In 1943, during World War II, Butler became a glider test pilot and instructor at Wrigth Field in Dayton, Ohio. Butler was stationed at several other training camps in the United State but also travelled to Vienna, Austria, and Paris, France. After World War II, he went to work as a secretary at an iron and steel company. After retiring, Butler taught math at a preparatory school in Pennsylvania. He never married and passed away in 1999.


1.88 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Between the Covers, 2020.

Processing Information

Anna Smith, 2022.

Charles T. Butler letters
Anna Smith
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository