The Samuel Butler Project

The Samuel Butler Project

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 Samuel Butler Collection and make it accessible to researchers, schools and the public. A wealth of resources can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Enquiries relating to the Samuel Butler Collection can be addressed to the Special Collections by email at or by phone on 01223 339393.

Portrait of Samuel Butler
About Samuel Butler

Find out more about the man behind the collection

Boxes on shelf

Search and browse the Samuel Butler Collection

School visit in the Rare Books Room

Access resources for schools, teachers and community groups

Books on display
Exhibitions and Recordings

Explore online exhibitions and access recordings of talks from our events

Watercolour of Cambridge
Project Diary

Read a month-by-month account of a Special Collections project

Iliad translation manuscript
Research Community

Meet the researchers working on Samuel Butler and his contexts