Helen May Butler Collection, 1899-1937 (bulk ca. 1902)
Young, Helen May Butler
Musical Instruments, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Butler, Helen May 1873-19??
Helen May Butler's Ladies Military Band
United States. Senate
1.0 cu. ft.: 2 boxes
Saint Louis (Mo.)
bulk ca 1902
Helen May Butler, woman bandmaster, directed an all-women traveling military band, 1898-1913. "Music for the American people, by American composers, played by American girls" was one of the band's mottoes. Born in New Hampshire in 1873, she pursued a variety of musical studies and became an accomplished performer in both violin and cornet. She announced candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat in 1936.
The materials cover the career of a woman bandmaster with an all ladies' traveling military band, 1898-1913 , with the bulk of the material ca. 1902. Includes clippings, photographs, programs, posters, postcards, advertising fliers, letters, telegrams, biographical article announcing candidacy for U.S. Senate seat, and "The Flood of 1937" section of the Cincinnati Post, February 13, 1937.
Helen May Butler Collection, 1899-1937, Archives Center, National Museum of American History