Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Hutchinson, Charles Black
Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Charles Black Hutchinson Papers
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
1885-1951 (mostly 1935-1944)
3 boxes and 4 items
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-3


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).

Collection Description & Creator Information


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.

Collection Creator Biography:

Charles Black Hutchinson was a student in Princeton's class of 1943, many of whom participated in the "acceleration plan" to graduate in January 1943 rather than the following summer, in light of wartime concerns. Hutchinson joined the Army in February, 1943, and served for three years as a second Lieutenant in the 681st Field Artillery Glider Battalion. He spent the early months of 1943 training in Officers' Candidate School at Fort Sill, was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC from May to December 1943, then split his time between Fort Sill and Camp Rucker, AL until August 1944. He served in the European Theater of Operations, sending letters home from England from September through December 1944. Hutchinson was born in Mount Holly, NJ on March 5, 1920, the third child of Isaac Harrison Hutchinson (Princeton class of 1899) and Emily Newbold Bell. His siblings were Anna Bell Hutchinson, born in 1907, and Richard Bell Hutchinson, born in 1908 (Princeton class of 1931). The Hutchinson family maintained a family orchard at "Oakwood" in Jobstown, NJ, and after World War II, Hutchinson returned to Jobstown to farm. In 1947 he married Pauline Forbes—they eventually had six children. In 1951, he joined a local trucking company as general manager. Before retiring, he also worked for a time as a croupier in Atlantic City. Hutchinson attended the Lawrenceville School from 1935 to 1939. He attended Princeton from 1939 to 1943, beginning his senior year in the summer semester of 1942 in order to graduate in January 1943. At Princeton, Charles Hutchinson majored in Art and Archaeology and was a member of Terrace Club. He roomed at 702 Pyne, 141 Witherspoon, 3 Blair Tower, and 9 Blair Tower, in that order.

Collection History


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

Archival Appraisal Information:

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.

Processing Information:

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

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

Charles Black Hutchinson Papers; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345