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Charlotte Wimp and Donald M. Butler papers

Identifier: 1990_101-UA

This collection includes World War I servicemen's letters, newspaper clippings of the U of L Women's and Men's basketball games during the years the Butlers were playing, photographs, Charlotte's high school memorabilia, and items from U of L. Included are papers containing University of Louisville memorabilia collected by the Butlers, particularly Charlotte, who attended the University of Louisville from 1912 to 1917 and played on the women's basketball team. The major topics contained in this collection are University of Louisville men's and women's basketball from 1913 to 1921. Also included is material relating to the Louisville public schools, particularly Girls High School, and letters from the Butlers' friends serving in World War I. Charlotte Wimp Butler has also contributed a taped reminiscence, circa 1985, of her days as a player on the University of Louisville women's basketball team.


  • 1905-1980


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville and there are no additional restrictions.


2.75 linear feet (1 records center box, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 flat, 1 poster and 1 composite photograph)

Biographical / Historical

Graduates of the University of Louisville, Donald M., '21 DDS and Charlotte Wimp, '17 BA were devoted fans of the University's athletic teams. Dr. Butler was known to have donned his U of L sweater and paraded around his home town of Sullivan, Illinois whenever U of L's basketball team won a game and they clipped and saved all references to the University. These papers were donated by their daughter Elizabeth Butler Halttunen.

Charlotte Wimp, a native of Louisville, attended U of L from 1912 to 1917. She was an avid outdoors woman who loved hiking, camping and basketball. She organized a girls group of the Boy Scouts of America in 1911-1912. While at U of L she played on the women's basketball team, serving as captain in her sophomore year.

After graduation, Charlotte worked for one year as a practice teacher at the Second Ward School in Louisville and the next year found her employed as a Way Bill Clerk for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.

Charlotte was a prolific letter writer. During WWI she corresponded with several young men friends who had joined the armed forces. Their answering letters reflect the hurry up and wait life in camp and the boredom of being overseas in a tent in France. Charlotte helped relieve their home sickness and boredom with her newsy letters and cartoons.

Donald Butler, a native of Sullivan, Illinois, graduated from college in Illinois, and taught for one year before entering the U of L Dental School. He was active in basketball and track in high school and college. While in Dental School he played on the men's basketball team, serving as captain one year. He was named to the All-State team his senior year. He retained his interest in track, and ran and won a race on New Years Day 1921 on Broadway. He helped organize and raise money for an indoor track meet held at the Armory that same year.

Donald Butler graduated from Dental School in 1921. He and Charlotte Wimp were married in the summer of 1921 and moved to Sullivan where he practiced dentistry for many years. They had four children and were both active community leaders.

Charlotte Wimp Butler and Donald M. Butler papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752