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Butterworth, Edwin, Jr., 1912-2010

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1912-2010

Biographical History

Edwin Butterworth (1912-2010) was a journalist, author, teacher, and administrator in Utah.

Edwin J. Butterworth, Jr. was born on November 5, 1912 to Edwin Fielding Butterworth and Florence Boud Butterworth in Salt Lake City, Utah. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Switzerland, Germany, and France from 1933 to 1936 and in 1938 he married Dorthy Ann Leetham in the Salt Lake Temple. Following his mission, Butterworth returned to Salt Lake City where he joined the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir and became a newspaper editor. He worked for the Salt Lake Telegram and the Salt Lake Tribune from 1936 to 1947. He then transferred to the Deseret News, where he worked until 1949. In the autumn of that year, Butterworth joined the Brigham Young University journalism faculty. At BYU he taught classes in journalism, editing, and public relations. He was likewise active in promoting the university, ultimately serving as chairman of the Public Communications Department and as the head of the BYU News Bureau. While at BYU, Butterworth edited a compilation of university president Ernest Wilkinson’s speeches titled, Ernestly Yours, as well as a series of vignettes, I Remember Ernest. Butterworth also authored an official historical volume for the university’s centennial celebrations in 1975, Brigham Young University: 1000 Views of 100 Years. Butterworth retired from the university at the close of 1977. He passed away on April 5, 2010.

Citation

Salt Lake Tribune, Obituary, April 7, 2010 (author of Ernestly Yours and I Remember Ernest; passed away April 5, 2010)

Faculty Biography Files, circa 1900-2000 (b. Nov. 5, 1912 in Salt Lake City, Utah; missionary service to Switzerland, Germany, and France; married Dorthy Ann Leetham; member of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir; editor for the Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake Tribune, and Deseret News; joined BYU journalism faculty in 1949; chairman of the Public Communications Department; retired at the close of 1977)

Brigham Young University: 1000 Views of 100 Years, 1975: p. vii (author of Brigham Young University: 1000 Views of 100 Years; head of the BYU News Bureau)

Ancestry.com, Oct. 20, 2011 (Edwin Butterworth; Edwin J. Butterworth; d. in Provo, Utah)

Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:

J. LaVar Bateman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2143
Abstract Contains papers documenting BYU forum assembly speakers. Also includes outlines, correspondence, news clippings, teaching resource materials, copies of minutes, a few photographs, vita information on LaVar Bateman, and other papers. Also includes a short history of the BYU Emeritus Club, written by Ed Butterworth.

A brief history of the Brigham Young University News Bureau

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA SC 116
Scope and Contents History of the public relations arm of BYU, formerly called the New Bureau, currently named Public Communications.

Edwin Butterworth collection for the Brigham Young University centennial celebration

 Collection
Identifier: UA P 2
Scope and Contents Collection includes photographs and negatives related to the history of Brigham Young University's first one-hundred years, which were collected by Edwin Butterworth for the 1975 publication of Brigham Young University: 1000 Views of 100 Years, a commemorative photographic history of the university for the university's centenial celebration.

Edwin Butterworth scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2065
Scope and Contents Seven volumes containing articles and advertisements about BYU that appeared in "The Improvement Era" and numerous other publications. One volume contains issues of "BYU Today," 1968-1973. Collection also includes a folder of newspapers.

Edwin Butterworth negatives for the Brigham Young University centennial celebration

 Series
Identifier: UA P 2 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains the negatives for the photographs used by Edwin Butterworth for the publication of Brigham Young University: 1000 Views of 100 Years.

Edwin Butterworth photographs for the Brigham Young University centennial celebration

 Series
Identifier: UA P 2 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains the photographs used by Edwin Butterworth for the publication of Brigham Young University: 1000 Views of 100 Years.

I remember Ernest : vignettes on Dr. Ernest L. Wilkinson, president of Brigham Young University, 1951-1971

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2950
Scope and Contents Author relates some of his personal experiences with President Ernest L. Wilkinson which reflect on the latter's work ethic, personality, uses of print media to promote the university, perspectives on BYU athletics, sense of humor, and interactions with other people.

Public Communications records on comparative treatment of Brigham Young University publicity, 1973-1974

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 14
Scope and Contents note Contains newspaper clippings showing relative news treatment of Brigham Young University publicity in the Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune, and Provo Daily Herald.

Public Communications records on student protest and campus disorders, 1968-1971

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 13
Scope and Contents note Contains information about student protests and campus disorders in the United States from 1968 to 1971.

University Relations Division advertising records, 1937-1971

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 12
Scope and Contents note Contains samples of advertising materials created by Brigham Young University from 1937 to 1971.