Guide to the Thomas A. Butler Collection, circa 1930-2001
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Thomas A. Butler Collection
Dates: circa 1930-2001
Bulk Dates: ca. 1930s-1948
Butler, Thomas A., 1910-2001
Physical Description: 1.21
Language of Materials:
Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: Thomas (Tom) A. Butler was an editor for
North China Daily News in Shanghai
from the early 1930s until 1948, when he and his family fled from Communist forces to
Hong Kong. The collection consists of a selection of editorials written by Butler while
North China Daily News on a variety of current
issues, two news articles written about Butler upon his retirement and passing, and
eleven silver trophies won by Butler as a member of the Shanghai Bowling
Thomas A. (Tom) Butler was born in Clonmell, Ireland in 1910. He immigrated to the
United States in 1923, where he attended high school in Pittsburgh and then joined the
United States Marines. Butler was stationed in China, and he stayed there after his time
in the Marine Corps, becoming a radio announcer, a foreign war correspondent for the
London Daily Telegraph, and an editor for the
North China Daily News. While
living in Shanghai, Butler married Ceciia dos Remedios, and they had two daughters,
Cathy and Patricia. In 1948, upon hearing that Chinese Communist forces were
incarcerating journalists, Butler fled with his family to Hong Kong, where he became the
night editor of the
South China Morning Post until 1955,
when the family moved to Vancouver, Canada. Butler then worked as the news editor of
The Vancouver Sun for 20 years until his retirement in
1975. He passed away at the age of 91 in 2001.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Jessica Geiser, 2013
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The collection is open for research use.
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Arrangement of Materials:
Series I: Editorials and News Articles, ca. 1930-2001
Series II: Shanghai Bowling Club Trophies, 1934-1947
Scope and Contents
The Thomas A. Butler Collection mostly consists of news articles and memorabilia related
to Butler's life and career in Shanghai during the 1930s and 1940s. The collection
is arranged into two series: Editorials and News Articles (ca. 1930s-2001), and Shanghai
Bowling Club Trophies (1934-1947).
Series I, Editorials and News Articles, consists mostly of editorials written by Butler
during his tenure as editor of the
North China Daily News
on international current events, including commentaries on World War II diplomacy
efforts, major events in Southeast Asia, local Shanghai concerns, and elections in the
United States. Also included in the series are two newspaper articles written about
Butler upon his retirement and passing.
Series II, Shanghai Bowling Club Trophies, consists of eleven silver trophies won by
Butler as a member of the Shanghai Bowling Club.
Series I: Editorials and News Articles, ca.
Box 1, Folder 1
North China Daily News
ca. 1930-ca. 1949
Box 1, Folder 2
Vancouver Sun Articles on Tom
Series II: Shanghai Bowling Club Trophies,
Box 2, Item 1
Mens Singles - Duck Pin Championship,
Box 2, Item 2
Ten Pin - Runner Up,
Box 2, Item 3
Ten Pin - High Triple,
Box 2, Item 4
Ten Pin - High Single,
Box 2, Item 5
Ten Pin - Mixed Doubles Championship,
Box 2, Item 10
Box 2, Item 11
Duck Pin - Mens Doubles,