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Frederic Marsena Butts (AC 1909) Papers

Identifier: MA.00242

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of writings and photographs documenting Butts' trip to the Mediterranean, Asia and North Africa, July 1909-January 1910. Destinations included Malta, the Suez Canal, Egypt (Cairo), Singapore, the Philippines, Japan (Kobe, Kyoto), India (Calcutta), Algeria and Morocco. Butts kept a travel diary, in two copies: one to send to his family and a second carbon copy which he kept. Also included are a typescript of a speech which Butts apparently gave before an Amherst College alumni group and copies of correspondence about a scholarship Butts established at Amherst in honor of his late son.


  • Creation: 1909-1949
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1909-1910


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Frederic Marsena Butts was born in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, in 1887. He graduated from Amherst College in 1909. He traveled widely from July 1909 to January 1910. Butts entered the manufacturing business, first in sales of heavy hardware (1910-1917), and after 1919 in management of the Butts and Ordway Company, Boston. In 1946 he became a member of the Amherst College Alumni Council and served as its chairman in 1949-1950. In 1917 he married Lydia Louise Mirrick, with whom he had four children. He died on January 1, 1960.


0.5 Linear feet (1 archives box)

Language of Materials



Mostly writings and photographs documenting Butts' trip to the Mediterranean, Asia and North Africa, 1909-1910. Also included are a speech before an Amherst College alumni group and correspondence about a scholarship he established there.

Related Materials

Objects Collection -- Swimming medal, Pratt Natatorium, 1909 (OB2006-227)

Processing Information

Proessed 2006 November by Peter A. Nelson

Peter A. Nelson
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Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
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Amherst MA 01002-5000
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