By Archives Staff
Primary Creator: Butz, Earl L. (Earl Lauer) (1909-2008)
Extent: 30.5 Cubic feet
The papers of Earl Laur Butz (b. July 3. 1919). Earl Butz was an alumnus and faculty member of Purdue University and served as Secretary of Agriculture under the Nixon and Ford Administrations during the 1970s. The papers include documents, photographs, letters, scrapbooks, correspondence, biographical material, speeches, and subject files. Major subjects in the papers include: Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Alaska Pipeline, the environment, international economic policy, energy, natural resources, timber, Purdue University, and the Republican Party. Files on Butz's various travels to other countries such as the Soviet Union, Europe, Mexico, and the Middle East are included.
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Earl Butz was born in Albion, Indiana. He recieved a BS in Agriculture in 1932 and his Doctorate in Agricultural Economics in 1937, both from Purdue University. Butz stayed on at Purdue after receiving his Doctorate to teach in the agriculture department. From 1946 to 1954 he was head of the agricultural economics department. Butz was Dean of Agriculture from 1957 to 1967. From 1968 to 1971 Butz was Dean of Continuing Education and President of the Purdue Research Foundation. Under President Dwight Eisenhower he was Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and from 1971 to 1976 Butz became Secretary of Agriculture. He resigned as from that post in 1976.
Access Restrictions: The majority of this collection is open for research.
Use Restrictions: Boxes marked "Closed Files" have restricted access due to donor request.
Physical Access Note: Collection is located onsite.
Preferred Citation: MSF 64, Earl L. Butz papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Perils of Prosperity, by Earl L. Butz, Reprinted from Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, October, 1945, pp. 109-114.
Dr. Earl Butz To Head Agriculture Economics, Purdue Alumnus, Vol. XXXIII, March-April, 1946.
Butz to Purdue: Thanks a million, by Muneera Naseer, Journal and Courier, Tues. May 11, 1999, p. 1.
Lafayette Leaders: Earl Butz - Educator, public servant, and the farmer's friend, by Lillian Price, The Lafayette Leader, November 14, 1997, p. 4
3 photographs of Butz:
<li>September 12, 1972 - David Treen, Alexandria, Louisiana w/ Secertary Butz.
<li>September 8, 1972 - Gardner Patterson, Asst. Dir. Gen., GATT; Secretary Butz and Oliver Long, Dir. Gen., GATT.</li>
<li>Office photo of Earl Butz (exact location and date unknown).</li>
20 years after fall, Butz at peace with past, by Will Higgins, The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, November 23, 1997, p. A1.
Former US Secretary of Agriculture shares his story, by Jessica Webster, The Purdue Exponent, Monday, May 11, 1998, p.3 (2 copies).
Sickle & Sheaf Special Issue: Brothers of the Century, 1904-2004, Alpha Gamma Rho, paragraph on p. 18.