Butler, Marguerite Lucy

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence, dated c. 1922-24, chiefly with JN Farquhar and others, concerning Marguerite Butler’s translations of Kanarese religious verses. Also, drafts of the poems themselves.

Corr c. 1854 to 1865 re the Porter School at Madras, named after her grandmother Mrs Ann Porter. Marguerite Butler’s letter about these items dated 1949.

Address presented to Miss Butler on her retirement in 1940.

Administrative / Biographical History

Marguerite Lucy Butler was born in January 1879 in Hastings, England. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and then trained as a teacher at Cambridge. After further training at the Women’s Missionary College in Edinburgh she was appointed by the London Missionary Society to Bangalore, India where as Principal she developed the Girls' High School and 'made it renowned throughout Mysore State and beyond', N. Goodall, A history of the London Missionary Society, 1895-1945, p. 65. She also carried out work with Zenana women and in vernacular schools and served as a member of Senate of the University of Mysore. She wrote a number of books including Hindu women at home published in 1921 by the London Missionary Society. She retired in 1921 but lived on in India until 1944. She died in 1951.

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Acquisition Information

Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the London Missionary Society by the Congregational Council for World Mission (later Council for World Mission) in 1973

Other Finding Aids

This description constitutes the only finding aid at present.

Archivist's Note

This description compiled by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS with reference to the LMS Register of Missionaries

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without prior permission. Apply to SOAS Archives in first instance.

Custodial History

The papers were deposited with the London Missionary Society and form part of the special series of personal papers of individual LMS missionaries and officers.

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including letters and reports from individual missionaries and their application papers. Alos held are photographs of the Girls' High School, Bangalore and a pamphlet written by Miss Butler (Ref. CWM/LMS/09/10/6/076).

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