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Butt, A.B.
TitleButt, A.B.
Scope and Content of FondsThe papers of Albert Boyle Butt provide a picture of a man who was involved with several of the major events which shaped the political - history of Newfoundland during the Twentieth Century. Butt was a high-level civil servant with the Commission of Government which replaced - responsible government from 1934 to 1949 and an elected member of the National Convention which sat from 1946 to 1948. The Commission - of Government series encompasses an interesting variety of papers including speeches by Thomas Lodge, the Commissioner for Public Utilities - (1934-1937), and a provocative letter by Lodge to a St. John's newspaper c.1949 in which he states the Newfoundland people deserve an - apology from the British Government for the imposition of Commission of Government especially in view of the subsequent futility of that body. - - The National Convention was elected in 1946 to determine the political future of Newfoundland. Its 45 members sat for two years and debated - the options available to Newfoundlanders. These options were placed before the voters of Newfoundland in two separate referenda during 1948 - with the result that Newfoundland joined the confederation of Canada in 1949. This series contains a variety of papers relating to the - Convention including Butt's admittance card, speeches in favour of responsible government by Butt, a proposed provincial budget by J. R. - Smallwood, and a letter to Orangemen concerning the Roman Catholic Church's attempt to influence the referendum of July 16, 1948. - - After confederation, Butt was instrumental in organizing the Progressive Conservative Party in Newfoundland. This series consists of materials - relating to that organization: a draft constitution; poll booth organization; minutes of meetings; newspaper clippings; election handbills; and - correspondence. - - Butt's career also entailed work in arbitration and conciliation. This series includes research material relating to twenty-five cases he mediated - between 1959 and 1977 covering primarily labour disputes and land expropriations. - - The collection also includes personal papers pertaining to Butt's involvement with associations and interest groups such as the National Institute - for the Blind, the Playground and Recreation Association of St. John's, the Methodist College Literary Institute and the St. John's Housing - Corporation. - - This collection will be of interest to researchers in various aspects of Newfoundland political, social and labour history in the middle years of the - Twentieth Century. - - Papers related to his work with the Newfoundland Commission of Government, as a member of the Newfoundland National Convention (1946- - 1948), as an organizer and candidate for the Newfoundland Progressive Conservative Party, his work as a labour arbitrator Civil servant and - politician, born Carbonear, Nfld. - -
Extent of Fonds72 cm.
Author of Finding AidWhite, Linda, 1950-
Date of Finding Aid1991
PublisherMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries
Resource TypeFinding Aid
ProvenanceThe A.B. Butt papers were deposited in the Archives by Grace Butt on April 10, 1990 and May 8, 1991.
CollectionArchives and Special Collections - Finding Aids (EAD)
SponsorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries. Archives and Special Collections Division
RestrictionsThere are no restrictions on access to or use of the material in this collection. Copyright regulations may apply.
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