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St John’s College Library holds an extensive collection of material produced by and relating to the Victorian polymath Samuel Butler (1835-1902), which includes:
The Samuel Butler Project ran from July 2011 to June 2013, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and St John’s College. Its aim was to catalogue the collection fully, and to make it accessible to researchers, schools and the public through exhibitions and events.
Rebecca Watts was employed as the Butler Project Associate, responsible for most of the cataloguing and for planning and hosting exhibitions, events and school visits. Rebecca had previously worked as a postgraduate researcher on the papers of the poet Louis MacNeice and as an intern with the collections at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere.
Rebecca kept a monthly diary of her work, which you can read on the Butler Project Diary pages.
If you have an enquiry about the Samuel Butler Collection, please contact the Special Collections Librarian, Kathryn McKee, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01223 339393.