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Pierce Butler

Clergyman , educator

Pierce Butler, American educator, clergyman. Mason.


Butler, Pierce was born on December 19, 1886 in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, United States. Son of John Pierce and Eva Content (Whipple) Butler.


Bachelor of Arts, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1906, A.M., 1910. Doctor of Letters, 1944. Graduate study Columbia and Union Theological Seminary.

Bachelor of Divinity, Hartford (Connecticut) Theological Seminary, 1910, research fellow, 1910-1912, Doctor of Philosophy., 1912.


Priest, Protestant Episcopal Church, 1940. Reference assistant Newberry Library, 1916, head of book selection, 1917-1919, custodian Wing Foundation in Typographical History, 1919-1931. Lecturer on history of printing and biblog. method.

University of Chicago, 1928-1931, professor library history since 1931. Assistant St. Paul’s Church, Chicago, 1938-1944.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Check List of Fifteenth Century Books, 1933. The Will of Nicolas Jensen, 1928. Introduction to Library Science, 1933.The Origin of Printing in Europe, 1940. The Reference Function of the Library, 1943. Books and Libraries in Wartime, 1944.


Mason.; Clubs: University, Caxton, Cliff Dwellers, Quadrangle.; Member editorial board The Library Quarterly.


Married Ruth Lapham, June 29, 1926.

John Pierce Butler

Eva Content (Whipple) Butler

Ruth Lapham