Edward and Mary Judson Hitchcock Family Papers
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Edward (AC 1849) and Mary Judson Hitchcock Family Papers document the professional activities and personal life of Edward "Doc" Hitchcock, Mary Judson Hitchcock and the Hitchcock and Judson families, spanning more than one hundred years, from 1840 to 1962. The bulk of the material falls into the period 1850-1911. The Papers occupy approximately 25 linear feet of shelf space.
The breadth of Edward Hitchcock's career, professional activities and personal life are represented in the Papers and reflect his multiple roles and interests as an educator in the field of physical education and hygiene, a faculty member, a physician and family man. Because of Hitchcock's overlapping professional and personal commitments, a researcher should check all series in the Papers for relevant material.
These papers include professional and personal correspondence; published and unpublished works by Hitchcock; tributes to, biographical material and works about Hitchcock; a collection of family diaries kept during the trips he made and letters to and from his family; and manuscript and printed music used by Hitchcock while playing his cello.
Mary Judson Hitchcock is less thoroughly represented in the Papers. The material that has survived documents her social and community activities as well as her family responsibilities. It provides a picture of her roles as wife, mother, member of the College and town community, and genealogist.
The Papers also include material relating to Edward and Mary's children, Edward (AC 1878), Caroline, Lucy, Jane Elizabeth, John (AC 1889) and his wife, Mary W. Bryan Hitchcock, and Albert and his wife, Charlotte Emerson Hitchcock. Much of this material is personal correspondence, correspondence among family members, photographs, genealogical material, and some documentation of the children's professional activities. There is a small amount of material relating to Mary Judson Hitchcock's relations, the Judson and Lewis families.
Chronologies of the lives of Edward "Doc" Hitchcock and Mary Judson Hitchcock are located on pages 4 and 7, respectively.
This collection is organized into nineteen series:
Since different parts of the Papers were received at various times, there is no evidence of original order. In about 1974, the bulk of the Papers was sorted and material in some sections was put in chronological order. Between 1996 and 1999, the Papers were reviewed and arranged and described following current archival standards. The result is more detailed access to information in all parts of the Papers. Where necessary, documentation about previous handling was maintained.
Note: Information relating to women in the family is filed under their birth names, not married names.