Helen May Butler, woman bandmaster, directed an all-women traveling military band from 1898 to 1913. "Music for the American people, by American composers, played by American girls" was one of the band's mottoes. Born in New Hamphire 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.
Processing Information note
Collection processed by Erma Jean Loveland and Robert S. Harding, May 26, 1987
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Collections donated by Helen May Butler Young, June 1962.
Preferred Citation note
Helen May Butler Collection, 1899-1937, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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