Larry Scott Butler Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Larry Scott Butler was born in 1943 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, a conservative Christian community. As a teenager, he served as an itinerant preacher in local Methodist chapels. While a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he became interested in Quakerism and joined Warrington Monthly Meeting in 1965. During his senior year, he worked as a preacher in Adams County migrant camps, developing a Pentecostal style of preaching. After graduating from College in 1965, he volunteered for the Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was sent to work in Barbour County, Alabama. In 1966, he settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he became a leading force in the gay rights movement while doing social work. In the 1970s he taught at Friends Select School and became active in Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, serving on Yearly Meeting committees on gay and lesbian concerns. In 1980 he moved to Florida and worked with developmentally disabled adults until his retirement in 20016. He was a founder and active member of Fort Myers Friends Meeting.
Larry Scott Butler is a Quaker activist who was involved in civil rights work in Alabama in 1965 and was a leader in the gay rights movement in the 1970s and 1980s. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, and the diary he kept while participating in the SCOPE project, Barbour County, Alabama, which was sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The collection includes minutes and remarks on the early history of the Committee on Homosexuality of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and biographical material.
Arranged by topic and chronologically
Gift of Larry Scott Butler, 2018. Fort Myers Monthly Meeting arranged the deposit.
"Sing for Freedom," Smithsonian/Folkways Records, 1990 Eros; an anthology of male friendship. Edited by Alistair Sutherland and Patrick Anderson offered to McCabe Library as a duplicate in their collection.
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- Susanna K. Morikawa
- Finding Aid Date
- August 2018
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
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Civil rights work, Barbour County, Alabama
Mimeographed typed manuscript. Also a photocopy.
Includes a concerned letter from his father to Hosea Williams, Southern Christian Leadership, Director, Voter Registration Political Education, SCOPE project, and correspondence from Hosea L. Williams.
Letters from people he met in Alabama, received upon returning to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Letters describe his decision to stay in Alabama after the summer project, his arrest. Upon returning to Philadelphia, his plan to apply for a job with the ASFC.
Material he contributed to the Civil Rights Movement Veterans website
Memorial service in Atlanta, Georgia. Note from Butler that he attended but not within the Church
Admittance receipt for plenary session, clippings concerning Convention in Philadelphia
Butler was one of the founders and first clerk of the Committee on Homosexuality of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
Written by Butler to provide context to the minutes
Annotated photocopy of a draft manuscript on history of the Society of Friends
Includes an article on Larry Butler in Dickinson College Alumni Magazine, Spring 2011, and biography based on an interview with Butler for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives.