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Larry Scott Butler Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-315

Scope and Contents

Larry Scott Butler is a Quaker activist who was involved in civil rights work in Alabama in 1965 and was a leader in the gay rights movement in the 1970s and 1980s. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, and the diary he kept while participating in the SCOPE project, Barbour County, Alabama, which was sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The collection includes minutes and remarks on the early history of the Committee on Homosexuality of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and biographical material.

Dates

  • 1965 - 2015

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library 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 reader.

Biographical / Historical

Larry Scott Butler was born in 1943 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, a conservative Christian community. As a teenager, he served as an itinerant preacher in local Methodist chapels. While a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he became interested in Quakerism and joined Warrington Monthly Meeting in 1965. During his senior year, he worked as a preacher in Adams County migrant camps, developing a Pentecostal style of preaching. After graduating from College in 1965, he volunteered for the Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was sent to work in Barbour County, Alabama. In 1966, he settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he became a leading force in the gay rights movement while doing social work. In the 1970s he taught at Friends Select School and became active in Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, serving on Yearly Meeting committees on gay and lesbian concerns. In 1980 he moved to Florida and worked with developmentally disabled adults until his retirement in 20016. He was a founder and active member of Fort Myers Friends Meeting.

Extent

.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Larry Scott Butler is a Quaker activist who was involved in civil rights work in Alabama in 1965 and was a leader in the gay rights movement in the 1970s and 1980s. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, and the diary he kept while participating in the SCOPE project, Barbour County, Alabama, which was sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The collection includes minutes and remarks on the early history of the Committee on Homosexuality of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and biographical material.

Arrangement

Arranged by topic and chronologically

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Larry Scott Butler, 2018. Fort Myers Monthly Meeting arranged the deposit.

Separated Materials

“Sing for Freedom,” Smithsonian/Folkways Records, 1990 Eros; an anthology of male friendship. Edited by Alistair Sutherland and Patrick Anderson offered to McCabe Library as a duplicate in their collection.
Title
Larry Scott Butler Papers
Author
Susanna K. Morikawa
Date
August 2018
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