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Inventory of the R. Freeman Butts papers
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  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: R. Freeman Butts papers
    Date (inclusive): 1923-2004
    Collection Number: 80114
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 399 manuscript boxes, 1 envelope, 16 slide boxes, 1 sound cassette (168.2 linear feet)
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, reports, studies, conference papers and proceedings, syllabi, curricular material, clippings, and other printed matter relating to the role of education in society, civic education, education in the United States, and international education.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Butts, R. Freeman (Robert Freeman), 1910-


    Collection open for research. Boxes are stored off site; a minimum of two days notice is required for use. Boxes may be requested through Stanford's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/. 
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], R. Freeman Butts papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1980, with a substantial increment added later.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1910 May 14 Born, Springfield, Illinois
    1931 Awarded bachelor of arts degree, University of Wisconsin
    1935 Awarded doctorate, University of Wisconscin
    1948-1975 Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
    1973 Author, The Education of the West
    1978 Author, Public Education in the United States: From Revolution to Reform
    1989 Author, The Civic Mission in Educational Reform: Perspectives for the Public and the Profession
    1993 Author, In the First Person Singular: The Foundations of Education
    2010 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The R. Freeman Butts collection contains writings, research materials, correspondence, and other materials relating to a prominent American educator. A prolific author, Butts wrote a number of books and contributed numerous articles to professional journals in the field of education. Butts wrote extensively on themes of public education and citizenship; he wrote critically about efforts to privatize education and create charter schools. He also participated in numerous professional organizations, and the collection contains correspondence, minutes of meetings, and reports relating to these activities. Additionally, the collection contains biographical materials, including student papers and photographs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Civics--Study and teaching.
    Education--United States.
    International education.