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Guide to the Thomas A. Butler Collection, circa 1930-2001
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Description
Thomas (Tom) A. Butler was an editor for the English-language North China Daily News in Shanghai from the early 1930s until 1948, when he and his family fled from Communist forces to Hong Kong. The collection consists of a selection of editorials written by Butler while at the North China Daily News on a variety of current issues, two news articles written about Butler upon his retirement and passing, and eleven silver trophies won by Butler as a member of the Shanghai Bowling Club.
Background
Thomas A. (Tom) Butler was born in Clonmell, Ireland in 1910. He immigrated to the United States in 1923, where he attended high school in Pittsburgh and then joined the United States Marines. Butler was stationed in China, and he stayed there after his time in the Marine Corps, becoming a radio announcer, a foreign war correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, and an editor for the English-language newspaper North China Daily News. While living in Shanghai, Butler married Ceciia dos Remedios, and they had two daughters, Cathy and Patricia. In 1948, upon hearing that Chinese Communist forces were incarcerating journalists, Butler fled with his family to Hong Kong, where he became the night editor of the South China Morning Post until 1955, when the family moved to Vancouver, Canada. Butler then worked as the news editor of The Vancouver Sun for 20 years until his retirement in 1975. He passed away at the age of 91 in 2001.
Extent
1.21 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
The collection is open for research use.