University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Woodfin L. Butte Papers at the Tarlton Law Library



Collection Summary

Creator Butte, Woodfin Lee, 1908-1981.
Title Woodfin L. Butte Papers
Dates 1957, 1977-1978
Abstract Personal files of Woodfin L. Butte, former University of Texas law professor and a specialist in international law, particularly Mexican and civil law.
Size 5 in. (1 box).
Repository Rare Books & Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin  727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7263

Historical Background

A professor of law at the University of Texas from 1964 until his death on 19 Sept. 1981, Woodfin L. Butte was a specialist in international law, particularly Mexican and civil law, and published several law review articles and a casebook on Mexican civil law. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1931, and later practiced law in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Caracas, Venezuela. From 1939 until 1964, he worked as an attorney and executive for Standard Oil of New Jersey and its subsidiaries, and traveled and worked throughout Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. Butte came to The University of Texas as a Visiting Professor of Law and Research Associate in the Center for Latin American Studies in 1964, was appointed Professor of Law in 1965, and took emeritus status in 1975. Born on 1 Nov. 1908, Butte was the son of George C. Butte, dean of the UT School of Law 1923-1924.


Contents of the Collection

Several files of clippings and unpublished writings deal with the Arab-Israeli conflict. Also present is an edited, unpublished typescript entitled "A Civil Law Reader: being code extracts and cases from France and Mexico and other Civil-Law countries, selected, translated and edited for a first-year course-book in Comparative Law, or for the General Reader; with text and notes," which includes annotations apparently by a publisher's reviewer. In addition, there is a large folded color map of the Middle East, Butte's curriculum vitae, and several figurines and other curios from Latin America.


Index Terms

Major Subjects
Butte, Woodfin Lee -- Archives.
Law teachers -- Texas -- Austin -- Archives.
Civil law -- History.
Arab-Israeli conflict -- History.
University of Texas at Austin. School of Law -- History.

Administrative Information

Cite As

Woodfin L. Butte Papers, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Typescript of "A Civil Law Reader" transferred by Professor Hans W. Baade, 2/6/95. Other materials apparently gathered from Butte's Law School office following his death.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Personal files of Woodfin L. Butte, 1957, 1977-1978, undated

box folder
- - Latin American curios and nameplate (7 items), undated
NOTE: shelved in 6.219A, range labeled ARTIFACTS
box folder
I211 1 Curriculum vitae & correspondence (3 items), 1978
2 Arab-Israeli conflict, news clippings & publications, 1977-1978
3 Arab-Israeli conflict, typescript (12 p.), undated
4 Arab-Israeli conflict, "The Middle East: An 'Imposed' Peace By Us - Or An 'Imposed' Peace On Us", typescript (9 p.), with clippings, undated
5 Arab-Israeli conflict, handwritten notes (9 p.), undated
6 Arab-Israeli conflict, handwritten notes (7 p.), undated
7 Middle East and Near East : Persia, Arabia Turkey, Egypt : with boundaries, roads and railways [color map] / John Bartholomew & Son Ltd., 1957
8 "A Civil Law Reader": title page, table of contents, and introductory material, 1977
9 "A Civil Law Reader": Chapter I, Protection of Individual Rights, 1977
10 "A Civil Law Reader": Chapter II, Courts, Jurisdiction, Procedure, 1977
11 "A Civil Law Reader": Chapter III, Civil Law. Subchapter 1, Persons; family law, 1977
12 "A Civil Law Reader": Chapter III, Civil Law. Subchapter 2, Things, 1977
13 "A Civil Law Reader": Chapter III, Civil Law. Subchapter 3, Successions, 1977
14 "A Civil Law Reader": Chapter III, Civil Law. Subchapter 4, Obligations arising from contract, 1977
15 "A Civil Law Reader": Chapter III, Civil Law. Subchapter 5, Obligations arising from wrongful conduct; objective responsibility, 1977
16 "A Civil Law Reader": Chapter IV, Civil Law. Subchapter 1, Negotiable instruments, 1977
17 "A Civil Law Reader": Chapter IV, Civil Law. Subchapter 2, Company law, 1977
18 "A Civil Law Reader": Chapter V, Tax Law, 1977