By Archives Staff
Primary Creator: Butz, Earl L. (Earl Lauer) (1909-2008)
Extent: 28.81 Cubic feet
1. Correspondence, c. 1971-1976 (8.6 cf)
This series includes a range of both personal and professional correspondence materials from 1971-1976 including thank-you letters, letters of congratulations, topical correspondence with colleagues, and memos. Also included is one box of letters sent to Earl Butz in response to his resignation as Secretary of Agriculture in 1976.
2. Subject Files and Miscellaneous Papers, ca. 1966-1976 (7.4 cf)
This series is primarily comprised of subject files related to Butz’s work as Secretary of Agriculture, political activities and the Republican Party, and some family or personal materials. Types of materials in these files include brochures, clippings, correspondence, reports, and photographs. A number of materials formally document Butz’s daily activities as secretary, including appointment books and telephone logs. Two boxes contain materials related to Butz’s travels as Secretary, including itineraries, background materials on various countries, and correspondence pertaining to a visit.
3. Statements and Speeches, c. 1971-1976 (4 cf)
This series includes collections of Butz’s public speeches made as Secretary of Agriculture. The speeches are organized chronologically in binders, and each binder includes an index of speeches by date. Copies of the speeches sometimes include handwritten revisions, annotations, and marginalia.
4. Albums and Scrapbooks, c. 1960s-1976 (8.16 cf)
This series includes a number of scrapbooks and photo albums pertaining to Butz’s career. Types of materials represented are news clippings reporting on Butz’s professional activities, photographs from his travels as Secretary, and clippings on general political events and issues throughout the 1960s and ‘70s.
5. Artifacts, c. 1965-1996 (.65 cf)
Items in this series include several objects from Butz’s life and work including a jacket from time spent at Camp David.
Date Acquired: 06/01/1978. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Butz, Earl L. (Earl Lauer), 1909-2008., Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006., Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994, Purdue University, Racism in language., Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), Resignation from office, United States. Dept. of Agriculture
Earl Lauer Butz was born in Albion, Indiana. He received a BS in Agriculture in 1932 and his Doctorate in Agricultural Economics in 1937, both from Purdue University. After receiving his PhD, Butz taught in Purdue’s Department of Agriculture. From 1946 to 1954 he was head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. He later served as Dean of Agriculture from 1957 to 1967, and as Dean of Continuing Education and President of the Purdue Research Foundation from 1968 to 1971.
Butz held two cabinet-level positions in the federal government. In 1954, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of Agriculture in the administration of President Eisenhower, a position he gave up while serving as Dean at Purdue. In 1971, he was appointed Secretary of Agriculture by President Nixon. He continued in that post following Nixon’s resignation from office, serving under President Ford until 1976. Butz resigned from his position that year due to controversial remarks made to Rolling Stone magazine. Butz died in his sleep at the age of 98 years on February 2, 2008.
Conn, S. 2008, February. Obituary: Earl Butz, 1909-2008. Exponent.
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.
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity
Butz, Earl L. (Earl Lauer), 1909-2008.
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Racism in language.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Resignation from office
United States. Dept. of Agriculture
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.
Acquisition Source: Earl L. Butz
Oral history collections featuring interviews with Earl Butz include: Marshall A. Martin agricultural oral history interviews, 1993
A 2007 oral history interview with Earl Butz has been digitized and is available through Purdue's e-Archives.
Preferred Citation: MSF 64, Earl L. Butz papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Processing Information: All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. All newsprint has been photocopied and in most cases original newspaper clippings have been discarded.
Finding Aid Revision History: An earlier box-numbering system was replaced and the collection consolidated and organized into series in August 2016. An index of old and new box numbers is available for reference. Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained.