William H. Butler papers,

Title
William H. Butler papers, 1917-1982.
Author
Butler, William H. (William Henson), 1903-1981.
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Box 1Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 225 Box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 2Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 225 Box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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Butler, William H. (William Henson), 1903-1981.
Description
.8 lin. ft. (2 boxes)
Genre/Form
  • Musical scores.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Scripts.
Source (note)
  • Lenszler, Bill
Biography (note)
  • "Billy" Butler was a musical arranger, conductor, violinist and travel editor of the "Pittsburgh Courier." A graduate of Chicago Musical College, Butler worked with J. Rosamond Johnson, Eubie Blake and other prominent African-American musicians of the period. He also conducted several musical revues including Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds of 1939," "Rhapsody in Black" and Sissle and Blake's "Shuffle Along." In 1947 Butler started "Travelguide," a directory of public accommodations in the United States which catered to people of African descent. The list was later expanded to include foreign countries. Butler was also co-owner of King Travel Organization, Inc., a New York City agency which specifically catered to travelers of African descent.
Call Number
Sc MG 225
Author
Butler, William H. (William Henson), 1903-1981.
Title
William H. Butler papers, 1917-1982.
Summary
Papers include correspondence and printed material relating to Butler's musical career, articles by Butler on African-American music and musicians, a scrapbook containing reviews of the Lew Leslie musicals in which he appeared, orchestral parts for "Blackbirds of 1939" and "Rhapsody in Black," holograph scores by Butler, a folder of lyrics and a playscript by Butler entitled "Let's Forget Papa."
Biography
"Billy" Butler was a musical arranger, conductor, violinist and travel editor of the "Pittsburgh Courier." A graduate of Chicago Musical College, Butler worked with J. Rosamond Johnson, Eubie Blake and other prominent African-American musicians of the period. He also conducted several musical revues including Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds of 1939," "Rhapsody in Black" and Sissle and Blake's "Shuffle Along." In 1947 Butler started "Travelguide," a directory of public accommodations in the United States which catered to people of African descent. The list was later expanded to include foreign countries. Butler was also co-owner of King Travel Organization, Inc., a New York City agency which specifically catered to travelers of African descent.
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Butler, William H. (William Henson), 1903-1981. Let's forget papa.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 225
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