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Charles Black Hutchinson Papers

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The Charles Black Hutchinson Papers primarily include Charles Hutchinson's correspondence and schoolwork from the period 1935 to 1944, when Hutchinson was a student at the Lawrenceville School (1935 to 1939), at Princeton University (1939 to 1943), and serving in the Army's 681st Glider Battalion (beginning in 1943). Hutchinson was a relatively typical student who came from a farming family in Jobstown, NJ and enjoyed a lively social network in Philadelphia and New York. His father had gone to Princeton, as did his older brother. He joined the Army for three years beginning in 1943, and returned to the family fruit farm before moving into the transportation industry in 1951. He lived in New Jersey for most of his life.

Correspondence reflects Hutchinson's early social life and friendships, undergraduate life at Princeton during World War II (many of Hutchinson's class, the class of 1943, graduated on an accelerated plan in order to enter the military), life at the Army bases of Fort Sill, OK, Fort Bragg, NC, and Camp Rucker, AL, as well as the experience of serving with the Army overseas—Hutchinson seems to have been stationed in England from the period September through December 1944.

Schoolwork, both notes and graded work, demonstrates something of the academic standards at both the Lawrenceville School and at Princeton in the 1930s and early 1940s. Coursework from Princeton is primarily in Art and Architecture courses, as well as in the Department of Military Science.

The Hutchinson Papers also include event programs, ephemera, photographs and newspaper clippings that reflect Hutchinson's social life and activities during his school and undergraduate years. The collection contains receipts and bank statements that reveal expenses at both Lawrenceville and Princeton, as well as meal tickets from the Officers' Mess at Fort Bragg, NC.

The Charles Black Hutchinson Papers were donated by Deborah Arroyo in November 2015.

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This collection was processed by Phoebe Nobles in 2016. Finding aid written by Phoebe Nobles in 2016.

Two damaged paperback books came in with the collection: How to Analyze Industrial Securities (2nd ed., 1919) by Clinton Collver, and La Veillée des Armes (1915) by Marcelle Tinayre. Both are available from RECAP.

Publisher
University Archives
Finding Aid Date
2016
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Most of the correspondence in the Charles Hutchinson Papers is personal, and reflects Hutchinson's social life and friendships during his school and undergraduate years, as well as the activities of an Army lieutenant during World War II. The series includes correspondence both received and written by Hutchinson. Correspondents include many young friends as well as Hutchinson's mother, Mrs. I. H. Hutchinson (formerly Emily Newbold Bell). Hutchinson was active in the social life and debutante circuit of Philadelphia and New York City as well as his native Jobstown, NJ. Correspondence includes two folders of printed social invitations, as well as one of table cards and calling cards.

Official correspondence from Princeton University reflects undergraduate life of the period during World War II—both before and after American entry into the War—as well as Princeton's condensed schedule, military training and emergency measures for wartime. Hutchinson was part of the class of 1943, many of whose members graduated in January 1943 in order to make them available for the war effort.

Hutchinson trained to be an officer at Fort Sill, OK, in early 1943, as did other Princeton graduates. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC from May to December 1943, and afterwards split the time until August, 1944 between Fort Sill and Camp Rucker, AL. Letters from this period shed light on the daily activities and social life of an officer at each of these bases.

Hutchinson served in the European Theater of Operations, sending letters home to his mother in Jobstown from England, September through December 1944, in the form of V-Mail. Letters Hutchinson wrote or typed on V-Mail forms abroad were transferred to microfilm, and printed for the recipient in the United States on photographic paper at a reduced size (roughly 4 x 5 inches). His letters from England do not reflect Army movements or locations, focusing instead on scenery, weather, and social life. Two V-Mail letters are addressed to Mrs. I.H. Hutchinson from Norman Russell, Jr., her nephew, also serving in England in 1944.

Grouped with the correspondence is a daybook (printed in 1903, including notes from various periods, but primarily used by Hutchinson in 1937) reflective of Hutchinson's social engagements, as well as a handwritten schedule for December, 1938 and calendar pages from 1939 and 1940. One notebook contains addresses for invitees to Hutchinson's Lawrenceville School commencement in 1939.

Much of the correspondence, particularly from the school periods, is undated. When dates and postmarks are absent, letters have been categorized as belonging to Lawrenceville or Princeton periods with more or less certainty based on stationery or content.

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Correspondence: Lawrenceville School, 1936-1939. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Lawrenceville School, undated, 1935-1939. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Lawrenceville School?, undated, 1935-1939. 1 box.
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Handwritten schedule, 1938. 1 box.
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Notebook: addresses of invitees to Lawrenceville graduation, 1939. 1 box.
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Lawrenceville School Alumni mailings, 1939-1941 and undated. 1 box.
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Invitations, 1940-1943. 1 box.
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Invitations, circa 1938-1942. 1 box.
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Invitations, circa 1938-1942. 1 box.
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Table cards and calling cards, circa 1938-1942. 1 box.
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Handwritten and typed notes: miscellaneous, undated. 1 box.
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Calendar Pages, 1939-1940. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Princeton University, official, 1939-1944. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Princeton, 1939-1941. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Princeton, 1942. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Princeton, undated, 1939-1942. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Princeton?, undated, 1939-1942. 1 box.
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Empty envelopes, 1942-1943 and undated. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Jobstown, Fort Sill, Fort Bragg, 1943. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Fort Sill, OK, 1944 January-March. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Camp Rucker, AL, 1944 April-June. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Fort Sill, Camp Rucker, New York, 1944 June-August. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Norman Russell, Jr. to Mrs. I.H. Hutchinson, 1944 June-August. 1 box.
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Correspondence: V-Mail, England to Jobstown, NJ, 1944 September-December. 1 box.
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Correspondence: Military, undated, 1943-1944. 1 box.
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Scope and Contents

Schoolwork includes notes and notebooks as well as graded papers and exams from both the Lawrenceville School and Princeton University. Lawrenceville School material includes coursework in Mathematics, American History, English, and Latin. Hutchinson's school compositions include an essay on the "Pinies," people living in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, as well as a tale about the "Jersey Devil." Other essays cover assigned topics such as the work of Shakespeare, Dickens, Browning, Shaw and Lytton Strachey, or the causes of the War of Independence.

At Princeton, Hutchinson majored in Art and Archaeology, and lecture notes from Art and Architecture courses are best represented here, as well as tests and a "terrain exercise" for courses in the Department of Military Science. Hutchinson's summer schedule for 1942 is indicative of the university's initiative for accelerated graduation.

Much of the schoolwork is undated, and has not been assigned to either the Lawrenceville or Princeton period, though it most derives from the period between 1935 and 1943.

Two math notebooks dated 1897 and 1899 may possibly have belonged to Hutchinson's father, Isaac Harrison Hutchinson, Princeton class of 1899.

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Lawrenceville: Plane Geometry, 1932-1945. 1 box.
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Lawrenceville: Math IV, 1937. 1 box.
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Lawrenceville: English IV, English V, Latin III, 1938-1939. 1 box.
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Lawrenceville: various schoolwork, undated, 1935-1939. 1 box.
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Lawrenceville: various schoolwork, undated, 1935-1939. 1 box.
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Lawrenceville: History notes and notebook, undated, 1935-1939. 1 box.
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Lawrenceville: Printed handouts, 1938. 1 box.
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Princeton: French 105 and French 106 exam books, 1939-1940. 1 box.
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Princeton: Exams and exam books (French 105, 201, 202; Math 107; Spanish 101), 1939-1941. 1 box.
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Exam books, undated, 1935-1943. 1 box.
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Princeton: History of Architecture, 1940. 1 box.
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Princeton: Notebook: Modern Painting from Watteau, circa 1940. 1 box.
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Princeton: Notebook: Modern Architecture and Modern Art, 1941-1942. 1 box.
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Princeton: Analysis of Architectural Design, 1942. 1 box.
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Princeton: Notebook: Art S410, Architectural Expression, 1942. 1 box.
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Princeton: Department of Military Science coursework and correspondence, 1939-1943. 1 box.
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Princeton: course schedule Summer 1942, 1942. 1 box.
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Index cards with notes, undated. 1 box.
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School notes, undated. 1 box.
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Notebook: American History, undated. 1 box.
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American History notes, undated. 1 box.
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Math notebooks, 1897-1899. 1 box.
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Drawing, undated. 1 box.
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Event programs point to some of Hutchinson's pursuits between 1940 and 1942—church services, theatrical productions, a debutante ball, a museum exhibit. Ephemera include items such as membership cards, game tickets, and railroad schedules from the early 1930s through 1944, as well as playing cards, a pen nib, and advertisements. Also included in Series 3 are printed programs from the Lawrenceville School (for commencement 1938 and 1939, for instance), as well as printed materials from the Army, such as the booklet "The Construction of Models for Protective Concealment" (1942) and a Field Artillery School Instruction Memorandum (1942).

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Tourist brochures, 1896-1937. 1 box.
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Printed programs and schedules: Lawrenceville School, 1935-1939. 1 box.
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Ogontz School Drill Program, 1940 June. 1 box.
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Champagne Ball and Debutante Cotillion Program, 1940 October. 1 box.
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Various Event Programs, 1940-1942. 1 box.
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Ephemera, 1931-1944. 1 box.
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Ephemera, undated. 1 box.
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Military: Printed Materials, 1938-1944. 1 box.
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Catalogue of Artists' Materials, 1951. 1 box.
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Series 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1940-1944. 1 item.
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Newspaper clippings from the period 1940-1944 cover primarily social and debutante notices. Some of these were stored inside (and have been removed from) the program for the 1940 Champagne Ball and Debutante Cotillion.

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Series 5: Visual Materials, 1933-1939 and undated. 1 item.
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Visual materials include maps—both maps reproduced for student use and military maps of the Princeton area and Fort Sill, published in the mid-1930s. Seven photographs show images of horses and horseracing, and unidentified individuals. One photo is dated 1939 and others are undated.

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Series 6 contains financial records such as cancelled checks and books of check stubs, bank statements and receipts from both Lawrenceville School and Princeton eras, as well as Hutchinson's meal tickets from the Officers' Mess at Fort Bragg (May through December 1943). A few receipts date from a later period, in 1951, showing purchases for garden and farm supplies. The series also contains a folder of cancelled checks and a bank statement belonging to Martin Franklin, who was Hutchinson's roommate in 3 Blair Tower, during 1942.

Included in this series are two items with unknown relevance to the greater collection. One is a ledger of accounts from 1885-1886 (a Hutchinson appears in the accounts list on the first page, but the ledger's purpose is not clear). The other is an abstract of title for land in Wayne County, Iowa, from 1914, which does not bear the name Hutchinson in its contents.

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Lawrenceville School receipts and cancelled checks, 1937-1939. 1 box.
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Princeton: receipts for tuition, room and board, loans, etc., 1939-1944. 1 box.
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Princeton: receipts for personal purchases, defense savings bonds, and 1099, 1939-1943. 1 box.
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Princeton: University Store account balances, 1939-1942. 1 box.
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Princeton: University Store receipts, 1939-1942. 1 box.
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Checkbooks, 1939-1942. 1 box.
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Cancelled checks and bank statement: Martin Franklin, 1942. 1 box.
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Cancelled checks and bank statements, 1942-1944. 1 box.
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New York Life Insurance certificate and reciept, 1943-1944. 1 box.
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Military receipts, 1943 May-1944 August. 1 box.
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Officers' Mess tickets and correspondence: Fort Bragg, NC, 1943 May-1943 December. 1 box.
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Later and undated receipts, 1951 and undated. 1 box.
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Abstract of Title, Wayne County, Iowa, 1914. 1 box.
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Unknown relevance to the greater collection.

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Ledger of Accounts, 1885-1886. 1 box.
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Unknown relevance to the greater collection.

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