Butler, Michael (1926- )
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The Michael Butler collection is consists of correspondence, photographs, professional material, printed items, and various other items.  

The material in the collection has been grouped into topics by Butler.  The collection is extensive, including material on Butler’s inventories of personal accessories, his family business interests (Butler Aviation and Butler Paper Company), his 1966 political campaign for the State Senate in Illinois, various private clubs (including yacht clubs, equestrian clubs, golf clubs, and polo clubs), and several other wide-ranging topics.  These subject files vary in content. Overall, they include correspondence, photographs, professional material, printed material, and other items.  Notable correspondents include Daniel Inouye, Birch Bayh, Edward Brooke, Jacob Javitz, Henry Cabot Lodge, theater director Joshua Logan, columnist Walter Winchell, Charles, Prince of Wales, and King Hussein of Jordan.

Several of the files pertain to the rock musical Hair.  Holdings connected to Hair include correspondence, fliers, posters, press releases, photographs, opening night guest lists, scrapbooks, programs and press clippings from numerous international productions, a copy of a Hair newsletter, and even a sermon on Hair preached in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City by the Reverend Richard R. Kirk.  There are musical scores for a number of songs from Hair, as well as a piano conductor’s score and a prompt book.  Also present are correspondence files from Gifford-Wallace, Inc., the public relations firm which promoted Hair.  (The Gifford-Wallace papers are also part of the holdings at the Gotlieb Center, as are the Tom O'Horgan papers.)

Butler is represented in the book collection with the following titles: Letting Down My Hair: Two Years with the Love-Rock Tribe from Dawning to Drowning of Aquarius by Lorrie Davis with Rachel Gallagher (1973); Good Hair Days: A Personal Journey with the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical Hair by Jonathan Johnson (2004); Let the Sun Shine In: the Genius of Hair by Scott Miller (2003); and Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, music by Galt MacDermot (1969).
Notable Figures
1. Butler, Michael, 1926-
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. Theater – United States
4. Theater – Production and direction – United States
5. Videotapes
6. Capitalists and financiers -- United States.
7. Audiotapes
8. Photographs