Records of the Office of the President, John Redd Hutcheson
Scope and Content
The Records of the Office of the President, John Redd Hutcheson consist of correspondence and records, from 1917 to 1962. This collection contains official records from Hutcheson's tenure as president of VPI and includes correspondence and reports from groups such as the State Board of Agriculture and Immigration, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of Governing Boards, the Association of Land-Grant Colleges, the Association of South Agricultural Workers, the Association of Virginia Colleges, the State Board of Education, the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the American Veteran's Committee, the Farm Bureau Federation, the State Agricultural Commission, and VPI's Committee on Post-World War II Agricultural Policy. Additional correspondence, telegrams, course outlines, and budgetary materials pertain to the American Council on Education.
This collection also comprises personal records on topics such as the management of Hutcheson's dairy farm, Edgemont; health, life, auto, and fire insurance; the deaths of Hutcheson's son and two brothers; various family members; desegregation of public schools in Virginia; Hutcheson's involvement with the Presbyterian church; and his illnesses. Also included is a bound volume of The Breeder's Gazette, containing handwritten notes on the front endpaper and on an inserted sheet.
- 1917 - 1962
- Hutcheson, John Redd, 1886-1962 (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research.
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One of seven children, John Redd Hutcheson (1886-1962) was born to Robert Francis and Mary Claiborne (née Barksdale) Hutcheson near Charlotte Courthouse, Virginia, on January 13, 1886. Dr. Jack, as he was affectionately known, married Eleanor Parrott in 1917, and the couple had three children. Hutcheson served briefly during World War I, and he operated Edgemont Farm with his brother T.B. Hutcheson.
John Hutcheson earned a B.S. degree in 1907 and M.S. in 1909 from Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (VPI) as well as honorary doctorates from Clemson College in 1937 and North Carolina State College in 1947. Following graduation from VPI, he taught and served as principal for schools in Virginia and Mississippi as well as lectured at the University of Virginia. In 1914, Hutcheson joined the Virginia Agricultural Extension Service (now the Virginia Cooperative Extension), becoming its director in 1919.
In January 1945, Hutcheson was appointed executive assistant to President Julian Burruss, but soon took on many of the president's duties when Burruss became ill.
Hutcheson was elected Virginia Tech's ninth president in August 1945. In December 1946, he became ill and was granted sick leave, at which time Walter Newman took over the duties of president. Although Hutcheson recovered from his illness, he did not return to his position as president. Instead, the Board of Visitors appointed Hutcheson as VPI's first chancellor in August 1947 and Newman became VPI's tenth president.
The following year, the Board established the VPI Educational Foundation, Inc. (known today as the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.) and named Dr. Jack its first president. He left the chancellorship in 1956, while remaining the foundation’s president until his death on January 23, 1962.
12 Cubic Feet (13 boxes)
The Records of the Office of the President, John Redd Hutcheson consist of correspondence and records, from 1917 to 1962. This collection contains official records from Hutcheson's tenure as president of VPI as well as his personal papers.
John R. Hutcheson graduated from Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (VPI) with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1907 and a M.S. in 1909. He later received a PhD from Clemson College in 1937. Hutcheson was employed as Director of Extension Service (1919-44). He served as the ninth president of VPI from 1945 to 1947 before becoming chancellor of VPI (1947-56). Hutcheson also served as president of the VPI Education Foundation from 1948 until his death in 1962.
The Records of the Office of the President, John Redd Hutcheson are arranged alphabetically by subject matter in the following series:
- Series I. Presidential Papers
- Series II. Personal Papers
Please note: This collection is in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Oversize materials are on-site. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives for more information.
Source of Acquisition
The Records of the Office of the President, John Redd Hutcheson: Series I. Presidential Papers were transferred to Special Collections and University Archives prior to 2001. Series II. Personal Papers were donated in 1994.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Records of the Office of the President, John Redd Hutcheson by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your- work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Records of the Office of the President, John Redd Hutcheson began in November 2005 and was completed in July 2006. Series II. Personal Papers were processed in 1994.
- Records of the Office of the President, John Redd Hutcheson, 1917-1962
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