Collection ID: C313
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Butler, Annie Louise, 1920-
Annie L. Butler taught in the Indiana University School of Education from 1960-1979. Her area of expertise was early childhood education. This collection primarily contains Butler's professional correspondence and publications, including manuscripts of Play as development and Early childhood programs, which she co-authored.
1 cubic foot
Materials are in English .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Annie L. Butler papers, Collection C313, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

Annie L. Butler was born in New Hope, Alabama, on September 21, 1920, to Mr. and Mrs. George Butler. She had one sister and one brother. She attended Alabama College and graduated in 1943 with a B.S. in Home Economics, and went on to attend State University of Iowa, where she graduated with an M.A. in 1944. Butler worked as supervisor of St. Cloud State College Nursery School and as Director of Nursery Schools at the University of Alabama. She completed an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching Young Children in 1958 at Teachers College, Columbia University. During her doctoral work at Columbia University, Butler was the supervisor of nursery school, kindergarten, and primary student teachers at Teachers College and Newark State College, Union, New Jersey. Following her doctorate, she was appointed Associate in Child Development for the New York State Education Department, Albany, New York.

Butler began teaching at Indiana University Bloomington in 1960, and remained for 19 years, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the School of Education. During this time, she conducted seminars and workshops and was a guest professor at several universities. A recognized expert in her field, she served as Professional Consultant for the President's Committee on Health Education for Early Childhood Programs, President of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, Secretary of the National Committee on Early Childhood Education, and President of the Association for Childhood Education International. Butler authored several books, including one series she co-authored for the US Commission on Education titled Literature Search and Development of an Evaluation System in Early Childhood Education. She was also a frequent speaker at professional meetings. Additionally, she pursued two sabbaticals; the result of one, on the topic of futuristic early childhood education, is included in this collection. Butler died on August 18, 1979, after a long illness at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital. She is buried in New Hope, Alabama.

Scope and Content:

The Annie L. Butler papers span 1960-1979 and are arranged into three series: Correspondence, Professional, and Publications.

The Correspondence series is arranged chronologically by the earliest date. Each folder contains professional correspondence from publishers and project associates including the Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company, the Field Foundation, the Grant Foundation, and the Foundation for Child Development. Letters are arranged chronologically within folders and span the years 1969-1979.

The Professional series is arranged chronologically and concerns the career of Butler at Indiana University. Included are reports on her two Sabbatical leaves, dated 1969-1970 and 1975-1978, a report to the University concerning Butler's accomplishments and undertakings during her tenure, dated 1976-1977, and a scholarly article that referenced Butler's research, dated 1968.

The final series of the collection, Publications, is further organized into two sub-series, Articles and presentations and Manuscripts. The Articles and presentations sub-series is arranged alphabetically and contains Butler's shorter works of research, such as the research article "Dealing with Intense Feelings: Children and Crisis," as well as conference or guest-speaker presentations drawn from her research, such as the presentation on the "Child's Bill of Rights" from 1973. Most articles and presentations are undated, but the two dated items range from 1973-1978. The Manuscripts sub-series is arranged chronologically, 1971-1973, and then alphabetically for undated materials and contains Butler's larger studies and co-authored reports. Included in this sub-series is the series Literature Search and Development of an Evaluation System in Early Childhood Education which Butler co-authored for the Commission on Education, as well as Butler's other early education books such as Play as Development and Early Childhood Programs.

Acquisition information:
Accessions 9054-9055
Appraisal information:

Duplicates of bound manuscripts were pulled from the collection.

Processing information:

Processed by Sharity Nelson.

Completed in 2006.


Collection is organized into three series: Correspondence, Professional, and Publications.



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[Item], Annie L. Butler papers, Collection C313, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

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