The Joseph S. Butts Papers consist of research data, laboratory notebooks, and reprints of scientific publications documenting Butts' research activities while a graduate student and faculty member at the University of Southern California and as faculty member in agricultural chemistry at Oregon State College.
The research data and laboratory notebooks document experiments conducted in the laboratory at the Cardiff City Mental Hospital in 1938, work at the University of Southern California in the 1930s, work on radio isotopes in 1949-1952, Vitamin E analyses in 1955, research on spring wheat (project 315) in 1956-1957, and research data for crop and feed analyses in 1945-1955.
The collection includes a bound volume of reprints and typed manuscripts of papers written by Butts, his doctoral advisor Harry J. Deuel, Jr., and others during his graduate studies and faculty years at the University of Southern California in the 1930s.
The collection also includes several laboratory notebooks documenting work in 1965-1971 on project 201. These may reflect continuation of Butts' work by other researchers.
The three photographs are portrait prints of Butts' colleagues or collaborators. One is of a colleague at the University of Leipzig; the second is of of a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps; and the third is unidentified.