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Richard Marsh Butler WWII papers, 1927-1955

Identifier: MSS 8849 Series 1

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Consists of Richard Marsh Butler's personal scrapbook (including military papers, foreign cartoons and maps, photographs, letters, notes and other small personal memorabilia, a patriarchal blessing, a lock of hair, cloth swatches, pieces of Nazi stationary, postcards, foreign currency, etc.); POW items (clippings, letters, ID cards, etc.); family history papers (a historical guardianship transfer document, Butler's flight log and war diary; assorted ephemera, including U.S. and foreign newspapers and magazines, wartime maps, and other memorabilia; and various items of clothing, including trousers, a cap, and overcoat. Materials are dated 1888 to 1997 (bulk dates 1933-1953).


  • 1927-1955


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research; except for restricted items in folder 6 of Box 4 -- contains sensitive identification information.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

Richard Marsh Butler was born August 10, 1919 in Garland, Utah, the seventh of nine children of Heber Close Butler and Rose Zipporah Marsh. He graduated from Bear River High School. Richard married Geneil Miller in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on September 4, 1942. He served in World War II as a pilot on the U.S. Air Force. In August 1943, he was captured after his plane went down over Naples, Italy, and spent at least 18 months in Italian and German prison camps. He was an active member of the LDS Church, serving as a group leader in Chatoreau, France, a stake missionary in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in the Riverside California Stake, bishopric member (Riverside Ward), stake clerk, high councilman, stake executive secretary, and patriarch. He died in the Riverside Community Hospital on December 15, 1984, at the age of 65.


2 boxes

4 oversize folders

2 folders

Language of Materials