ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0222 Arts Council of Australia ACT Division Edythe Butler Papers

Scope and contents notes

Call Number

HMSS 0222

Collection

Arts Council of Australia ACT Edythe Butler Papers

Date Range

1953-1992 

Quantity

0.9m (5 manuscript boxes)

Access Conditions

open

Copying Conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

HMSS 0334 Arts Council of Australia ACT Branch, Social Committee Papers

HMSS 0113 Community Literature Office, Arts Council of the ACT 

Bruce E Butler, a CSIRO soil scientist, and his wife, Edythe, were active in the Arts Council movement in Australia from the 1950s.

While living in Deniliquin, NSW, where Edythe was a librarian at the local public library, they were instrumental in the formation of the Arts Council Denliquin Branch in 1953. On moving to Canberra, ca 1955, they became involved in the arts and in 1962 Bruce was the first secretary of the ACT Branch of the Arts Council of Australia, a position he held until 1967 and which he later resumed.

Both Bruce and Edythe remained active in the ACT Branch all their lives, serving on boards and committees.

Edythe was the founding president of Pro Musica in Canberra and is remembered by the Edythe Butler Memorial Perpetual Trophy awarded at the National Eisteddfod.

These records were given to local historian Lyall Gillespie for safekeeping and donated by his son, Neil, to the ACT Heritage Library following Lyall's death.

Records of the Arts Council of Australia ACT Branch are also held by the National Library of Australia.

Box List

Box No. Description Quantity Date Range
1

Arts Council of Australia ACT, Incorporated, A Record of Ten Years Activity 1962-1972, 1973.

1 copy 1997
1

Opera Photographs

Colour and black and white prints of operatic performances in Canberra. Most are not identified or dated but includes Coronation of Poppea, June 1985, La Boheme, August 1986 and Acis and Galatea, October 1985.

1 envelope 1985-1986
1

Circulars

from Arts Council of Australia Federal Secretariat

1 file 1972-1973
1

Ephemera

Arts Council of Australia ACT Division programmes, invitations, newscuttings and circulars for arts events in Canberra

1 file 1969-1975, 1983
1

“Chopin: a Group Experience”

Correspondence, promotional ephemera and other administrative records concerning organising this musical recital by students of the Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music

1 file 1983-1984
1

Board Records

Arts Council of Australia ACT Division minutes, agenda, reports, submissions, ephemera and financial statements – annual accumulations, mostly arranged in reverse chronological order.

5 files

1975-1976
1978
1979
1979-1980

1

Diaries

Arts Council of Australia ACT Division summary record of events and functions, including manuscript minutes of committees and correspondence registers

2 volumes

1967-1971

1971-1977

2

Arts Council of Australia NSW Division

Papers of Bruce and Edythe Butler concerning the formation of Arts Council branches in Deliquin and Canberra.

1 file 1963-1955
2

Arts Council: Federal, ACT early days
Minutes, memberships lists and reports compiled by Edythe Butler to document formation of Arts Council of Australia ACT Division

1 file 1962-1967
2

Board Records
Arts Council of Australia ACT Division minutes, agenda, reports, submissions, ephemera and financial statements – annual accumulations, mostly arranged in reverse chronological order

1962-1968

1968-1970

2

Publicity and Membership
File maintained by Edythe Butler for Arts Council of Australia ACT Division

1 file 1962-1969
2

Minutes of Federal Executive, Arts Council of Australia

1 file

1969

1

Board Records
Arts Council of Australia ACT Division minutes, agenda, reports, submissions, ephemera and financial statements – annual accumulations, mostly arranged in reverse chronological order

7 files

1970-1973

1973-1976

1977-1978

1978-1982

1979-1980

1980-1981

1982

4

Board Records
Arts Council of Australia ACT Division minutes, agenda, reports, submissions, ephemera and financial statements – annual accumulations, mostly arranged in reverse chronological order

3 files

1982-1983
1984
1985

4

Minutes
Arts Council of Australia Dorothy Helmrich Branch

2 files

1987-1992
1988-1990

5

Federal Executive, Arts Council of Australia Reports and Ciruclars

1 file

1968-1969

5

Membership Applications
to join Arts Council of Australia ACT Division

1 file

1973-1974

5

Lunchtime and Twilight Concerts
Arts Council of Australia ACT Division programs, publicity and administrative correspondence

1 file

1977-1984

5

Annual Reports
Arts Council of Australia ACT Division, including inaugural meeting minutes of 1962

1 file

1962-1971

5

Miscellaneous documents

  • Special General Meeting Minutes 23 June 1983
  • Committee Membership lists 1975
  • Constitution 1980
  • “Thoughts on direction the Arts Council might take” in Edythe Butler’s hand, undated
1 file

1975-1983