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Collection Number: 05439-z

Collection Title: James A. Hutchins Scrapbook and Other Papers, 1927-1987 (bulk 1930s-1940s)

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Size About 200 items
Abstract James A. Hutchins Jr., an alumnus of the University of North Carolina, grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C. He came to Chapel Hill on a scholarship to play tennis, but wound up playing football instead, becoming a star fullback for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. In 1939, he accepted his first job with the United States Department of Agriculture. Hutchins served in the United States Navy during World War II, after which he returned to the Department of Agriculture. At the Department of Agriculture, Hutchins worked against rural and urban hunger and helped create one of the nation's first school lunch programs. He also served as the chief of the Department of Agriculture's Direct Distribution Branch, where he coordinated programs in 84 countries, and as the head of the federal government's Commodity Credit Corporation, where he helped stabilize and protect domestic prices and farm income. Hutchins married Marguerite Hutchins in 1940; the couple had three children: Julia, Alex, and Glenn. The collection contains a scrapbook and other materials chiefly chronicling the college football and United States Navy career of James A. Hutchins. Included are photographs, letters, ticket stubs, game programs, and clippings relating to the University of North Carolina football seasons, 1934-1936; photographs and other materials from Hutchins's time in the United States Navy; and other items, some of which relate to pre-flight schools established in the 1940s, including the one at the University of North Carolina.
Creator Hutchins, James A., 1917-2002.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James A. Hutchins Scrapbook #5439-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Deposited by Glenn Hutchins in September 2009 (Acc. 101170).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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James A. Hutchins Jr. (1917-2002), an alumnus of the University of North Carolina, grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C. He came to Chapel Hill on a scholarship to play tennis, but wound up playing football instead. As a star fullback for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, Hutchins was chosen for All-Southern three years in a row, made the All-Southern Conference first team in 1936, and earned an Honorable Mention by the All-American Board in 1934. In 1939, he accepted his first job with the United States Department of Agriculture. Hutchins served in the United States Navy during World War II, after which he returned to the Department of Agriculture. At the Department of Agriculture, Hutchins worked against rural and urban hunger and helped create one of the nation's first school lunch programs. He also served as the chief of the Department of Agriculture's Direct Distribution Branch, where he coordinated programs in 84 countries, and as the head of the federal government's Commodity Credit Corporation, where he helped stabilize and protect domestic prices and farm income.

Hutchins married Marguerite Hutchins in 1940; the couple had three children: Julia, Alex, and Glenn. The Hutchins Forum and the Center for the Study of the American South's public lecture series at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are named in his honor.

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The collection contains a scrapbook and other materials chiefly chronicling the college football and United States Navy career of James A. Hutchins. Included are photographs, letters, ticket stubs, game programs, and clippings relating to the University of North Carolina football seasons, 1934-1936; photographs and other materials from Hutchins's time in the United States Navy; and other items, some of which relate to pre-flight schools established in the 1940s, including the one at the University of North Carolina.

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About 200 items.
Oversize Volume SV-5439/1

James A. Hutchins scrapbook #05439-z, Series: " James A. Hutchins Scrapbook and Other Papers, 1927-1987." SV-5439/1

The scrapbook, compiled by Hutchins's sister Alice Hutchins, contains photographs, football game programs, clippings, and other items highlighting James A. Hutchin's college football career at the University of North Carolina, 1934-1936, and his career in the United States Navy in the 1940s. Included are photographs of the University of North Carolina football team; photographs of the Carolina Monogram Club, which honored players on Tar Heel teams who demonstrated sportsmanship and academic excellence; telegrams from Alice Hutchins and family friends; football programs for games against North Carolina State University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Wake Forest University, Davidson College, the University of Maryland, and other universities; ticket stubs for some of the football games; issues of the Alumni Review Football Edition; clippings containing information about football games, individual players, teams, and coaches at various universities; and other items. There are several clippings about a game during the 1936 season between the University of North Carolina and New York University that created controversy because New York University had an African American student in its starting line-up. Items documenting Hutchins's naval career include photographs of United States Navy officers and cadets during ceremonies and photographs of Ensign Hutchins with his platoon. There are also clippings about the pre-flight school established at the Univerisity of North Carolina in the early 1940s and about other pre-flight schools around the country.

Folder 1

Scrapbook enclosures #05439-z, Series: " James A. Hutchins Scrapbook and Other Papers, 1927-1987." Folder 1

Included are letters addressed to James A. Hutchins from staff at the University of North Carolina, the superintendent of public schools in Winston-Salem, N.C., and a representative from the Pittsburgh Pirates Football Club inquiring about Hutchins's desire to play pro-football; a photograph showing Hutchins in his United States Navy uniform; a photograph of Hutchins with Harry Montgomery during their time on the University of North Carolina football team; materials relating to sports at the United States Navy Pre-flight School at Saint Mary's College in California, where Hutchins played while in the Navy; and other items.

Folder 2

Other papers #05439-z, Series: " James A. Hutchins Scrapbook and Other Papers, 1927-1987." Folder 2

Included are photocopied issues of the University of North Carolina Alumni Review Football Edition, 1933-1936; a letter addressed to Hutchins from the All America Board of Football regarding his performance during the 1934 season; drafts of articles by Hutchins about memories of high school and of football at the University of North Carolina; a football program for the 1927 University of North Carolina game against the University of Maryland; and other items.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Thompson, November 2009

Encoded by: Jennifer Thompson, December 2009

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