The Thomas A. Butler Collection mostly consists of news articles and memorabilia related to Butler's life and career in Shanghai during the 1930s and 1940s. The collection is arranged into two series: Editorials and News Articles (circa 1930-2001), and Shanghai Bowling Club Trophies (1934-1947).
Series I, Editorials and News Articles, consists mostly of editorials written by Butler during his tenure as editor of the North China Daily News on international current events, including commentaries on World War II diplomacy efforts, major events in Southeast Asia, local Shanghai concerns, and elections in the United States. Also included in the series are two newspaper articles written about Butler upon his retirement and passing.
Series II, Shanghai Bowling Club Trophies, consists of eleven silver trophies won by Butler as a member of the Shanghai Bowling Club.