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Mary E. Hutchinson and Dorothy King papers, 1900-1988

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8zgpd

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hutchinson, Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1906-1970.
Title: Mary E. Hutchinson and Dorothy King papers, 1900-1988
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1096
Extent: 22 linear feet (22 boxes) and 1 oversized papers box (OP)
Abstract:Papers of Atlanta artist and teacher Mary E. Hutchinson and her long time partner Dorothy King, including correspondence, writings, artwork, scrapbooks, photographs, and printed material. The collection also includes the papers of Mary E. Hutchinson mother, Minne Belle Hutchinson, artist and poet.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Gift, 2008.


[after identification of item(s)], Mary E. Hutchinson and Dorothy King papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Unprocessed collection.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Mary Elizabeth Hutchinson (1906-1970), artist and teacher, and her partner of 25 years, Dorothy King (1908-1988), lived in Atlanta, Georgia. Mary was the only daughter of Minnie Belle and Merrell W. Hutchinson, Christian Science practitioners. Hutchinson's mother, Minnie Belle took up art and poetry later in life, exhibiting her work at galleries and museums in Atlanta. In the early 1930s, Hutchinson moved to New York City and from 1934 to 1943 was a teacher in the New York Federal Art Project under the Works Project Administration (WPA). Exhibits of her work have been held in numerous galleries and museums, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and Midtown Galleries in New York. After returning to Atlanta in 1945, Hutchinson taught art at several Catholic high schools until her death in 1970. Dorothy King was the daughter of Ralph C. and Evea (Sewell) King of Newnan, Georgia. For a brief time before he died of tuberculosis in 1940, Dorothy King was engaged to William Ferguson.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Mary E. Hutchinson and Dorothy King, including correspondence, writings, artwork, scrapbooks, photographs, and printed material from 1900-1988. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, including letters from to and from Hutchinson throughout her lifetime, relating to her personal life as well as her professional career as an artist. In addition, there is a large amount of correspondence between Dorothy King, her mother, and fiancé, Will Ferguson. The collection also includes the writings and correspondence of Minne Belle Hutchinson as well as a small amount of material relating to Dorothy King's mother's family, the Sewells.

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Unprocessed collection.

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Container List

Mary E. Hutchinson
Box Folder Content
1 Correspondence, clippings
2 Correspondence, writings, WPA material
3 Correspondence
4 Correspondence (includes letters to Dorothy King)
5 Correspondence
6 Correspondence
7 Exhibit publicity, writings, MEH artwork (reproductions)
8 Art organizations
9 Scrapbooks, clippings
10 Yearbooks, general art reproductions
11 Scrapbooks: MEH artwork (reproductions)
OP1 1 Printed material, diplomas
Minnie Belle Hutchinson
12 Writings, artwork, exhibit publicity
13 Writings, artwork, exhibit publicity
14 Writings, artwork, exhibit publicity
Hutchinson family
15 Printed material, books
16 Printed material, photographs
17 Photographs
Dorothy King
18 Correspondence
19 Correspondence
20 Correspondence
21 Correspondence, Sewell family material
22 Correspondence, Sewell family photographs