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Butterfield, Sir Herbert, 1900-1979 (Knight and historian)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1900-1979

Herbert Butterfield was born in Oxenhope, near Keighley in Yorkshire, in 1900. In 1919 he entered Peterhouse, Cambridge, as a scholar in history, and in 1923 was elected a fellow of that college. In 1944 he took up the university chair of modern history, and in 1963 was appointed Regius Professor of modern history. He had been elected Master of Peterhouse in 1955, and served as Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1959 to 1961. He was editor of the Cambridge historical journal from 1938 to 1952, and was President of the Historical Association from 1955 to 1958. He retired from the mastership and his chair in 1968, the year he was knighted. Butterfield published widely throughout his working life. His most influential books were The Whig interpretation of history (1931), The Englishman and his history (1944), Christianity and history (1949), The origins of modern science (1949) and Man on his past (1955). He maintained an interest in orthodox diplomatic and political history of the eighteenth century alongside investigations into historiography and the nature of Christianity. Typical of his concern for historiographical questions was his long interest in the work of Lord Acton. He produced a number of publications on this subject, but his support for propositions to initiate a comprehensive publication of Acton's correspondence and working papers proved fruitless. In his later years, Butterfield was involved in the British Committee on the Theory of International Politics, which met under his aegis in Peterhouse. Sir Herbert Butterfield died in July 1979.

Found in 26 Collections and/or Records:

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Correspondence from Sir Herbert Butterfield, 3 June 1948-12 Apr. 1974

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9314/15-31
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Correspondence from Cambridge historians and political scientists. The correspondents are Sir Ernest Barker, Sir Denis W. Brogan, Sir Herbert Butterfield, Denis Mack Smith, and George M. Trevelyan.
Dates: 3 June 1948-12 Apr. 1974
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence with J. M. Todd and others, and copies of letters from Knowles to Todd, 1974-1977

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9429/6B/1-12
Dates: 1974-1977
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Other level

General research correspondence, 1955-1962

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9429/1B/564-1133
Scope and Contents Correspondents include R. J. F. Barton (589-598), E. A. Beck (606-622), A. G. Bond (636-647), C. G. Evans (731-742), Sir B. D. Fisher (750-764), Lord Hankey (794-803), Sir E. R. Ludlow-Hewitt (872-910), T. B. Marson (923-933), Sir J. M. Salmond (980-998), J. R. W. Smyth-Pigott (1022-1032), R. Trenchard (1062-1078), Viscount Weir (1101-1119) and R. Wright (1123-1133).
Dates: 1955-1962
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

John, 1st Baron Acton: Letters to him concerning the Cambridge Modern History

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6443
Scope and Contents A collection of letters to Lord Acton, nearly all relating to the Cambridge Modern History. The principal correspondent is his co-editor W.A.J. Archbold; the remainder are for the most part potential or actual contributors to the History, replying to Acton's invitations to take part or writing about their contributions. Appended are a further letter of A.W. Ward, 1914, and one of Herbert Butterfield, 1964, relating to the collection, and a few miscellaneous papers. 291 items.
Dates: 1896-1899
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter from Herbert Butterfield; Cambridge, 3 Feb. 1965 (address and note undated)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9846/28-30
Scope and Contents With a corrected typescript of an address by Butterfield delivered in Great St Mary's Church on 31 January 1965, afterwards published with the title 'In Memoriam Winston Churchill', and a note regarding the printing of the address.
Dates: 3 Feb. 1965 (address and note undated)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series

Letter from Sir Herbert Butterfield (1900-79) to Happold, 3 May 1935

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8781/94
Scope and Contents Books which Norman Miller should read before coming to Peterhouse to read history
Dates: 3 May 1935
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter of Sir Herbert Butterfield to Owen Chadwick, 8 Sept. 1976

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9750/68
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Comprises single items or small collections, chiefly correspondence, donated to or purchased by Cambridge University Library. Together with a number of items and fragments found in Cambridge University Library books and bindings.
Dates: 8 Sept. 1976
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Notes of interviews with Sir J. Balfour, Sir I. Berlin, Sir R. Birley, Sir H. Butterfield, M. C. N. Gillie, J. W. Grigg, Lord and Lady Hartwell, T. E. B. Howarth, C. P. Mayhew, J. E. Powell and others, 1976-1978

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9429/1G/406-436
Dates: 1976-1978
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Research correspondence, 1976-1979

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9429/1G/1-220
Scope and Contents Correspondents include Sir H. Butterfield (21-30), Lord Hartwell (107-117), T. E. B. Howarth (119-136) and Lord Rothschild (189-197).
Dates: 1976-1979
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Cambridge, 22 Aug. 1952

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/3
Scope and Contents Butterfield's position concerning the High Commissioner's request.
Dates: 22 Aug. 1952
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Cambridge, 29 Dec. 1958

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/4
Scope and Contents Christmas wishes; administrative work; Butterfield's family and activities at Christmas; perturbation at the policies of the Western powers.
Dates: 29 Dec. 1958
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Cambridge, 26 May 1960

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/5
Scope and Contents Aerogramme. Toynbee and his system; a critical period in diplomacy; the failure of the Summit Conference; Datta's publications.
Dates: 26 May 1960
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Cambridge, 29 Dec. 1960

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/6
Scope and Contents Aerogramme. Best wishes for 1961; Datta's publications; administrative duties as Vice-Chancellor; forthcoming visit to Hong Kong; Christmas in Canterbury.
Dates: 29 Dec. 1960
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Cambridge, 19 Jan. 1961

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/7
Scope and Contents Aerogramme. Travel arrangements; Datta's invitation to Butterfield to visit Delhi.
Dates: 19 Jan. 1961
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Cambridge, 15 Jan. 1965

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/8
Scope and Contents Aerogramme. Datta's publications and intended work on historiography of India; Butterfield's work on historiography for the Gifford Lectures; events in India; Sarvepalli Gopal; importance of the teaching function.
Dates: 15 Jan. 1965
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Cambridge, 15 July 1965

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/9
Scope and Contents Aerogramme. Datta's present to Butterfield's wife; Sarvepalli Gopal; Higher Education in Britain now a matter of political controversy; busy with administration; the cause of history flourishing; work on the Gifford Lectures.
Dates: 15 July 1965
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Cambridge, 6 Jan. 1966

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/10
Scope and Contents Aerogramme. Christmas in Dublin; Gifford Lectures; flexibility of the historical process; Butterfield's current historical interests; death of Datta's sister.
Dates: 6 Jan. 1966
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Butterfield
Scope and Contents The papers described in this catalogue date chiefly from the end of the Second World War to the 1970s; from the beginning of this period Butterfield was assisted in his University and college duties by a secretary. The collection documents almost all aspects of his academic life and writings, and provides a record of the wider development of historical studies over the course of his career.
Dates: 1786-1979 (Much of the material is undated, so approximate dates have been given.)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Sawston, 8 Jan. 1971

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/11
Scope and Contents Aerogramme. Enjoying retirement; Sawston; the age of his house; occupied with work on the history of historiography and on Charles James Fox.
Dates: 8 Jan. 1971
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Sawston, 31 Dec. 1971

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/12
Scope and Contents Aerogramme. Recovering from poor health, but still easily tired; almost ten years since he saw Datta in Delhi.
Dates: 31 Dec. 1971
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Sawston, 11 Nov. 1972

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/13
Scope and Contents Working desperately on a job against time; apologies and excuses for having neglected a request from Datta concerning the Conference of the Institute of Historical Studies in Kurukshetra.
Dates: 11 Nov. 1972
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Sawston, 14 Dec. 1972

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/14
Scope and Contents New Year wishes; improving health; plans to spend Christmas in Canterbury; the weather during 1972; studying the history of historiography.
Dates: 14 Dec. 1972
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Sawston, 12 Dec. 1973

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/15
Scope and Contents Remembers an evening spent with Datta and his wife; his sudden recovery after a long period of poor health; writing on the history of history; occasional trouble in Cambridge University in recent years from undergraduate revolutionaries.
Dates: 12 Dec. 1973
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Sawston, 11 May 1976

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/16
Scope and Contents Aerogramme. Recovering from a stroke; Datta's father's illness and death; Sarvepalli Gopal; congratulations on Datta's work on the Punjab disturbances; remembers an evening spent with Datta and his wife.
Dates: 11 May 1976
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Herbert Butterfield; Sawston, 14 July 1976

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9578/17
Scope and Contents Aerogramme. Continues to recover from the stroke; approves of Datta's interest in historiography; Soviet Russia; Sarvepalli Gopal.
Dates: 14 July 1976
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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