Robert L. and Virginia Butler papers
Scope and Contents
This collection relates to Corporal Robert L. Butler, who served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the U.S., and his wife Virginia Butler. This collection contains letters sent between Robert and Virginia while he was training at six different locations from 1944 to 1945. Also included in the collection are letters to Robert from his mother Vedale Butler (née Irwin) and letters to Robert from his brother Charles. The letters are personal but some discuss Robert’s daily routine while in training. Virginia’s letters mostly discuss her day-to-day routine at home in Michigan and the lives of their friends and family.
- Created: 1937-1945
- Other: Majority of material found within 1944-1945
- Other: Date acquired: 11/02/2017
- Butler, Robert L., 1922-2001 (Person)
- Butler, Virginia, 1923-2016 (Person)
- Butler, Charles D., 1924-1996 (Person)
- Irwin, Vedale M., 1902-1999 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to all researchers.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Biographical or Historical Information
Robert L. Butler was born on February 11, 1922. He received basic training at Sheppard Field (later renamed Sheppard Air Force Base) in Texas. After basic, Robert received training in radio mechanics and transmitting at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, a year before the field was officially shut down. He was then moved to Chanute Field in Illinois. In January 1945, Robert was stationed at Boca Raton Army Airfield for five months before moving to Yuma Army Airfield in Arizona. He obtained the rank of corporal in 1945. Robert passed away in March 2001. His brother, Charles Butler, also served during World War II.
Virginia Butler was born on October 1, 1923. While her husband trained, Virginia stayed home in Michigan and cared for their daughter Linda. For a time, she worked assembling B-29 bombers, but she eventually quit and began working at a department store. She also spent time on the family farm. Virginia passed away on October 25, 2016.
FamilySearch, “Mr. Robert Lee Butler.” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKKV-1D3D (accessed January 31, 2018).
Kalamazoo Gazette Obituaries, “Virginia May Butler.” Legacy.com. http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/kalamazoo/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=182287723 (accessed January 31, 2018).
Language of Materials
Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
Source of Acquisition
Method of Acquisition
- B-29 (Bomber) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Boca Raton Army Air Field (Fla.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Bushnell Army Airfield (Fla.) Subject Source: Local sources
- Chanute Field (Ill.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Fort Sheridan (Ill.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Kalamazoo (Mich.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- March Air Force Base (Calif.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
- Sheppard Field (Tex.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- United States. Army--Military life Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women--Employment--United States--History--20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Women Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Yuma Army Airfield (Ariz.) Subject Source: Local sources
- Robert L. and Virginia Butler papers
- Zoe Hume
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