SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Kate Butler (Wallis Wickham)


Interview with Kate Butler (Wallis Wickham)


Kate Butler


Sister Martin Joseph Jones

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Kate Butler (Wallis Wickham), daughter of Edward H. Butler, Junior, retired as Chairman of the local College Council in 1980. She served 26 years starting in 1954 and was appointed as Chairman in 1959. She held the post until her retirement. She served on the College Council during the tenure of Presidents Rockwell, Rice, and Bulger. The interview contains her memories of childhood, education, travel, and development of SUNY Buffalo State College from a small school to a large institution.

Mrs. Butler donated her mother's personal correspondence to the E. H. Butler Library, Archives & Special Collections Department in 1977. In 1976, she donated all correspondence of her grandfather and father covering the period 1880-1956. In 1985, the Buffalo News donated all business correspondence of Edward Butler Senior and Junior connected to the Buffalo Evening News. In 1987, The Buffalo News donated the "Kirchhofer Papers". Kirchhofer, editor of the News, was in the process of writing a history of the paper when he died suddenly. More information on the Edward H. Butler Family Papers Collection can be found here:


SUNY Buffalo State Oral History Project, 1975-1995

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Archives & Special Collections Department, E. H. Butler Library

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Interview with Kate Butler (Wallis Wickham)

Interview with Kate Butler (Wallis Wickham)