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Jessie Haver Butler papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SSC-MS-00027

Scope and Contents

The Jessie Haver Butler Papers (1920-78) consist of 1 linear foot of material. They contain biographical information; photographs, including photos of Carrie Chapman Catt and Queen Mary; personal correspondence; a scrapbook on daycare centers; a tape and video; a book inscribed by George Bernard Shaw; and Butler's book Time to Speak Up, a Speaker's Handbook for Women.

NOTE: The container list for this collection is available in the Sophia Smith Collection. Please contact us to request a copy.

Dates of Materials

  • 1920-1978


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Jessie Haver Butler was born on Pueblo, Colorado cattle ranch in 1886. She received an A.B. from Smith College in 1909. She was secretary and assistant Director of New York City's Pulitzer School of Journalism, and from 1917-18, she was secretary and lobbyist for the National Consumers League. Butler lobbied for minimum wage for women in industry. She was a legislative advocate for the League of Women Voters in 1919, and in 1918 and 1919, she accompanied Carrie Chapman Catt on a cross-country lecture trip for suffrage. In 1920, she married Hugh Butler. In the 1920s, she lived in London, where she studied public speaking and lectured to women's groups. She also underwent psychoanalysis with the first Jungian Clinic Psychoanalyst in Europe, James Hadfield. In the 1930s and 40s, she taught public speaking to wives of congressmen and diplomats in Washington, D.C., and she wrote 3 books on public speaking. In the 1950s, she organized a League of Women Voters chapter in Pomona, California. She was active in the National Organization for Women, and she helped to establish daycare centers in Pomona in the 1970s. She was interested in religion and the "Community Church." Butler died in 1985.


1 boxes (1 linear feet)


Teacher of public speaking for women; Lobbyist; Suffragist. This small collection of Jessie Haver Butler's papers consist of biographical information, photographs, personal correspondence, a scrapbook on daycare centers, and Butler's book "Time to Speak Up, a Speaker's Handbook for Women."
Jessie Haver Butler papers
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  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
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Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063