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Kenyon L. Butterfield Papers, 1889-1945
26 boxes (12 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 3/1

President of both the Massachusetts Agricultural College and Michigan Agricultural College, writer, lecturer, editor, and member, organizer, and chairman of many commissions and councils such as the Rural Life Movement. Contains biographical materials, administrative and official papers of both of his presidencies, typescripts of his talks, and copies of his published writings. Includes correspondence and memoranda (with students, officials, legislators, officers of organizations, and private individuals), reports, outlines, minutes, surveys, and internal memoranda.

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The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Biographical Note
1868 Born 11 June at Lapeer, MI, to Ira H. and Olive F. (Davison) Butterfield.
1891 B.S., Michigan Agricultural College; head of class.
1892-1896 Editor, Michigan Grange Visitor.
1895 Married Harriet E. Millard of Lapeer, MI.
1895-1899 Superintendent, Michigan Farmers' Institute, and field agent, Michigan Agricultural College.
1902 A.M., University of Michigan; Instructor in Rural Sociology.
1903-1906 President, Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.
1906-1924 President, Massachusetts Agricultural College.
1908 Appointed to Country Life Commission by President Theodore Roosevelt; Chapters in Rural Progress published.
1909 Carew Lecturer, Hartford Theological Seminary.
1910 Honorary LL.D., Amherst College; The Country Church and the Rural Problem published.
1913 Appointed to Commission for the Study of Agricultural Credits and
1917 Chairman, Massachusetts Food Supply Commission.
1918-1919 Member, U.S. Army Educational Commission; Educational Director, American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.).
1919 Organized World Agricultural Council and American Country Life Association; The Farmer and the New Day published.
1921 Honorary LL.D., Rhode Island State College.
1921-1922 Member, Burton Commission on Christian Education in China.
1922 Education and Chinese Agriculture published
1923 A Christian Program for the Rural Community published
1924-1928 President, Michigan Agricultural College.
1929 Report on Rural Conditions and Sociological Problems in South Africa published for Carnegie Foundation.
1930 The Christian Mission in Rural India published for International Missionary Council.
1931 The Christian Mission of the Church in Rural Asia published for International Missionary Council.
1933 The Christian Enterprise Among Rural People published.
1935 Moved to Amherst from New Jersey; died 26 November, leaving widow and two sons.
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Kenyon L. Butterfield Papers, 1889 (1906-1924) 1945, include biographical materials, administrative and official papers of his presidencies at the Massachusetts Agricultural College (1906-1924), now the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and at the Michigan Agricultural College (1924-1928), now Michigan State University, typescripts of his talks and copies of his published writings. By far the largest part of the papers was generated during Butterfield's presidency at the University of Massachusetts, but both the earliest item, a copy of his 1889 yearbook at the Michigan Agricultural College, and the latest, a 1945 appreciation by Professor Winthrop S. Welles, are among the biographical materials.

The papers consist of correspondence and memoranda exchanged with faculty and staff, with state and federal officials and legislators, with officers of a variety of agricultural, educational and religious organizations, with students and alumni, and, now and then, with private individuals. There are, too, reports and outlines from faculty members and others; minutes of college administrative committees and of local, state, regional, and national councils and committees on which Butterfield served; surveys and working papers on problems and conditions at the campus, in Massachusetts agriculture, and in the rural sector of the nation; as well as internal memoranda of the President's office and newspaper clippings and magazine extracts regarding the development of the College and the evolution of agriculture and education in the nation.

It is not clear how many of the administrative papers generated at the College during the Butterfield era may have been lost, but those that survive have the appearance of being representative of the administrative concerns of the time. There are no materials in the collection that deal with Butterfield's activities as a teacher and nor are there family papers in this collection.

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Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Kenyon L. Butterfield Papers (RG 3/1). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by W.B. Cook, Jr., 1982.

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Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

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