Charles F. Hutchison Collection

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Collection Overview
Call Number: UA199
Dates: 1902-1973
Physical Description: 6 boxes and 1 folder
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
Charles Force Hutchison (May 21, 1875-Nov. 23, 1974) was born in Rochester, the son of Mary and James Hutchison, a deputy collector of customs and Civil War veteran. In 1927, he married Alice Whitney, George Eastman's personal secretary from 1890 until Eastman's death in 1932. Following Alice's death in 1937, Charles Hutchison married Marjorie E. (Smith) McDowell (1890-1978) in 1938.

After working for Ward's Natural Science Establishment, Charles Hutchison became a student at the University of Rochester and graduated in 1898 with a degree in chemistry. He joined Kodak in 1902 and began a long, distinguished career as a close associate of George Eastman and controller of film and plate emulsion for the United States and Canada. As an authority on the design of emulsion, Hutchison is recognized as the primary developer of the Kodak Park facilities for emulsion making. He retired in 1952 after over fifty years at the company.

Hutchison was also a trustee and advisor of Community Savings Bank and an honorary chairman of the Hillside Children's Center. His biggest contributions outside Kodak, however, were to his alma mater, beginning in 1932 when he was named to the University of Rochester Board of Trustees. He served as secretary of the Board from 1947 to 1961 and as a member of its executive committee from 1932 to 1938. Hutchison was made an honorary trustee in 1959 but continued to attend meetings until well into the 1970s. He was also active as a member of the Board of Managers of the Eastman School of Music from 1932 through 1971. For his contributions to the University, Hutchison was awarded the Associated Alumni Award in 1951 and was named an honorary alumnus of the Eastman School. According to a statement from President Robert Sproull and Chancellor W. Allen Wallis, Hutchison's 80 years of service to the University covers nearly two-thirds its history.

Upon his death in 1974, Charles F. Hutchison bequeathed to the University of Rochester over $25 million "for present or future construction and for the maintenance thereof." It marked the single largest bequest received by any college or university in the previous five years and was one of the three largest ever received by the University of Rochester, after George Eastman's $55 million and $25 million given by Xerox chairman Joseph C. Wilson. At his memorial service, it was further revealed that Charles Hutchison had been the anonymous donor of the Meridian Marker at the center of the Eastman Quadrangle, installed in 1954 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of George Eastman's birth.

Today Charles Hutchison is recognized at each commencement ceremony, when the Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal is awarded to a University of Rochester alumnus or alumna for "outstanding achievement and notable service to the community, state, or nation." Charles Hutchison is probably best known in the University community, however, as the namesake of Hutchison Hall, dedicated October 24, 1971. Located on the River Campus with views of the Genesee River, Hutchison Hall houses the departments of chemistry, biology, and earth science. For a time, the University also owned Charles Hutchison's former home at 930 East Avenue, which he donated in 1951. Hutchison House was used by the Eastman School of Music as a student union, recital hall, activity center, and, from 1964 to 1975, as the residence of the school director. The building was given to the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in 1976.

An infirmary at the Hillside Children's Center was also named for Charles Hutchison. For the most part, however, Hutchison preferred his donations to be anonymous.

Scope and Content
The contents of the collection relate primarily to the University of Rochester and include many photographs and clippings. There is also material relating to George Eastman and Kodak.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Charles F. Hutchison Collection was received in 1979.Access
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[Item title, item date], CHARLES F. HUTCHISON COLLECTION, UA199, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Eileen L. Fay
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055

Finding aid publication date: Spring 2012
Revision Information
2014: Revised by Emma Morgan (Class of 2016) after rehousing of materials in box 2.

Content List
Box 1Correspondence and ephemera
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence (1915-1968) - Includes signed letter from George Eastman (1915)
Box 1, Folder 2Genesee Country Scrapbook (Rochester Historical Society) George Eastman Centennial Issue, 1954
Box 1, Folder 3George Eastman House brochures, 1949-1950
Box 1, Folder 4Hillside Children's Center certificate commemorating Charles Hutchison's election to the office of Honorary Chairman of the Members of the Corporation, 1949
Box 1, Folder 5"Ode to Charles Force Hutchison on the Occasion of His 98th Birthday", 1973
Box 1, Folder 6Passport, 1928
Box 2Photographs, awards, scrapbook materials, and ephemera
Materials in box 2 were rehoused in 2014. For preservation reasons, items were removed from a scrapbook and two albums and placed into folders.

Box 2, Folder 1Delta Kappa Epsilon Citation for Service, 1955
Box 2, Folder 2Photographs, including Charles Hutchison as a young chemist in Kodak laboratory (undated) and a group at Kodak Park in 1902 (names on back)
Box 2, Folder 3-4Materials from scrapbook, 1915-1955
Items include a document by Hutchison about his memories of George Eastman, a Rochester Dental Dispensary commencement program, photographs, a Navy League of the United States certificate, a program from the inauguration of University of Rochester President Alan Valentine, bulletins published by Kodak and the Eastman School of Music, and clippings.

Box 2, Folder 5-6Photographs from album, presented to Charles and Marjorie Hutchison, showing the construction of Hutchison Hall, 1968-1972
Box 2, Folder 7-8Photographs, documents, and ephemera from album, presented to Charles and Marjorie Hutchison, showing the interior of Hutchison Hall, 1973
Box 3Framed photographs
Dedication of Meridian Marker and the Eastman Centennial on the River Campus and accompanying documents, 1955
Three signed portraits of Frank W. Lovejoy, Jr., George Eastman, and Adolph Stuber, undated
Box 4Framed photograph and silver tray
Framed color photograph: Aerial view of the River Campus, circa 1970
Silver tray given to Mr. and Mrs. Hutchison in commemoration for "your years of devotion to the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester", undated
Box 5Trophy honoring Hutchison's years as a trustee of the University of Rochester (1959) - Medal suspended in lucite
Box 6Photograph, shirt, and plaque
Group photograph of University of Rochester Board of Trustees, June 16, 1934
T-shirt (blue, gold, white) with word "Hutchison" and number 99 on front, "U of R" on back, undated
Plaque from Hutchison Hall in honor of Charles Force Hutchison, 1971
Flatfile 1Group photograph of University of Rochester Board of Trustees with President Alan Valentine, May 12, 1945

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