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Special Collection Treasures feature different materials housed in the Special Collection, Samford University Library.

The William E. Butterworth Collection

William Butterworth

William E. Butterworth III grew up around New York City and Philadelphia. After serving in the Korean War, he became the Chief of the Publications Division of the U.S. Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

In a span of time covering 5 decades, Butterworth has written 150 books and short stories. Although he has taken many pen names, he is best known as W. E. B. Griffin.

In 1981 and 1982, Butterworth gave many of his manuscripts to the Special Collection department at Samford University. His collection at Samford covers 13 linear feet and over 50 manuscripts.

Below are 2 pages from the submitted manuscript for Book 2 of Griffin's The Brotherhood of War series. When the manuscript was first submitted for publishing, Butterworth had not yet decided to use the pen name W. E. B. Griffin for the series. Before publishing, Book 2 also became "The Captains."

The Captains

Below is the first page of the Richard Hooker and William E. Butterworth manuscript, M*A*S*H Goes to New Orleans.


Alabama Academy of Distinguished Authors SCAV 1530 VM 38997

Butterworth Collection, SC 2775 and SC 2928

W. E. B. Griffin, Official Site

W. E. B. Griffin, Wikipedia Article

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