Guide to the Hutchinson Family Singers Collection, 1840 - 1988Manuscript MS-1241

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Title:

Guide to the Hutchinson Family Singers Collection, 1840 - 1988

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1241

Collection Dates:

1840 - 1988

Size of Collection:

1 box (.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:

The Hutchinson Family Singers Collection. Contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, flyers, programs and advertisements related to their performances. Civil war documents of Merrill Nathaniel Hutchinson and material on the genealogy of the Hutchinson family are also included.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Hutchinson Family Singers collection contain newspaper clippings, correspondence, flyers, concert programs and advertisements related to their performances. Civil war documents of Merrill Nathaniel Hutchinson and material on the genealogy of the Hutchinson family are also included. In addition, the papers contain some material related to the "New" Hutchinson Family Singers who toured during the 1980s.

History

The Hutchinson Family Singers were a family singing group who became popular American entertainers of the 1840s. The group sang in four-part harmony a repertoire of political, social, comic, sentimental and dramatic works. Formed by brothers Judson, John and Asa in 1840, they began touring New England with their younger sister Abby in 1842. Their repertoire included controversial material promoting abolitionism, workers' rights, temperance, and women's rights. In 1845, they traveled with Frederick Douglas in England and were house guests of Charles Dickens. During succeeding years the demand for their concert appearances was high; they performed in small towns, at large political rallies, for General McClellan's troops, and for presidents. In 1855, John, Asa and Judson Hutchinson set out to establish an ideal community in the West, eventually founding the town in Minnesota that bears their name.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1840-1888

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Programs and advertisements, 1844-1859
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1859-1947
  • Folder: 3, Clippings , 1853-1917
  • Folder: 4, Clippings, 1946-1985
  • Folder: 5, Clippings, undated
  • Folder: 6, "Granite Monthly", 1893
  • Folder: 7, List of songs introduced or sung by the Hutchinson Family Singers, 1947
  • Folder: 8, Photographs, 1986-1988
  • Folder: 9, Performance material: Flyers, clippings, programs, newsletters, 1988
  • Folder: 10, Genealogy of the Hutchinson Family, circa 1847-1920
  • Folder: 11, Merrill Nathaniel Hutchinson: Vouchers, ordinances, military pass, monthly return of closing, camp and garrison equipage, 1863
  • Folder: 12, Merrill Nathaniel Hutchinson: Correspondence and certificates related to his military service, promotion and discharge, 1863-1906
  • Folder: 13, Merrill Nathaniel Hutchinson: Certificates and awards including IRS License to work as a lawyer, 1864-1865
  • Folder: 14, Merrill Nathaniel Hutchinson: Writings, hymnal and photograph, circa 1877
  • Folder: 15, Spencer Trask, obituary and memorial, 1910
  • Folder: 16, Kadrina of Yaddo, obituary and clippings, 1905-1922
  • Folder: 17, Writings: "Discussion of Mary Queen of Scots: The Defenders of Mary," by Hetty C. Marquand, 1840
  • Folder: 18, Miscellaneous, undated

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