Berea College - President William J. Hutchins Papers,1850-1977 (bulk 1900-1958)

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Berea College - President William J. Hutchins Papers,1850-1977 (bulk 1900-1958)
Hutchins, President William J.
70 lin. ft.
Travel, foreign -- Missionaries
Clergy, Presbyterian
Education, higher -- Administration
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Berea College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Hutchins, a native of Brooklyn, New York, attended Oberlin College, Yale University, and Oberlin Theological Seminary. In 1896 he graduated from Union Theological Seminary and was ordained a Presbyterian minister, receiving his first pastorate at Bedford Church in Brooklyn. Having served there until 1907, he was then appointed professor of homiletics in the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology. In 1920 he became president of Berea College, succeeding William G. Frost.
During the nineteen year tenure of his presidency, Hutchins expanded the college physical plant, increased the endowment fund, and strengthened academic programs at Berea. Hutchins also served as an advisor to the Danforth Foundation during this period. He is the second of three generations of the Hutchins family associated with Berea: his father, Robert G. Hutchins, was pastor of Union Church from 1919 to 1921; and his son, Francis S. Hutchins, became Berea's fifth president, serving from 1939 to 1967. Hutchins's eldest son, Robert Maynard Hutchins, was president of the University of Chicago from 1929 to 1945.
Scope and Content
These official and personal papers document Hutchins's early career as a pastor and educator, his years at Berea, tours of the Middle and Far East he made in connection with Young Men's Christian Association missions there, and work for the Danforth Foundation. In addition, papers relevant to other Hutchins family members, including Isaac T. Hutchins, Robert G. Hutchins, Anna M. Hutchins, Robert Maynard Hutchins, and Francis S. Hutchins, are present.
Folder list; unpublished guide.