The Mary Emma Butler papers contain correspondence, photographs and articles by her, newspaper clippings chiefly from Midland News (1903-70, notably a regular column "The Non-White Community") on black education, sport, personalities, related documents. Correspondents include her niece Joan, Keith Cramer, lawyer in Cradock; editor of Midlands News (November 1928, on visit of black leader R.V. Selope Thema). Subjects include providing books for black schools and bursaries for black students, Oxfam, Quaker relief in Cradock (1965), "Location Sketches" (15 leaves based on Africans she knew), Easter procession by churches, 1953, "Work for racial harmony" (1954), her articles on war/military training (1954-5), some published in S.A. Quaker, "In defence of the A.N.C." on the African National Congress, clippings, documents and letters on water supply in Cradock (1903-48, including manuscript poems on water (published 1916) and other themes (one critical of General Hertzog), a large photograph of the opening of the first reservoir, and a pamphlet, Water Supply Investigation (Cradock: Cradock Municpality, 1920), correspondence with Africans, 1934-77, and Group Areas Act of apartheid.