MS–194: Richard Hutch ‘67 Papers
(2 boxes, 1.5 cubic feet)
Inclusive Dates: 1963-2015
Bulk Dates: 1965; 1963-1967; 2015
Processed by: Melanie Fernandes ‘16, Holley Intern
This collection was donated by Dr. Richard Hutch class of 1967 in 2016.
Richard Hutch, Ph.D. attended Gettysburg College from 1963-7. While at Gettysburg, Hutch was Chairman of the Student Union, President of the Student Senate, a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and wrote for the school newspaper The Gettysburgian. Hutch was a strong supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, and during the summer of 1965 he participated in the SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Education) Project. SCOPE was a volunteer organization focused on assisting voter registration in the south. Hutch joined a team of students from Gettysburg and Dickinson Colleges and worked with a voter registration campaign primarily in Barbour County, Alabama. Hutch returned to Gettysburg College in April 2015 to give a presentation on his summer experience with SCOPE. Hutch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College, a PhD from University of Chicago, a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale University, and is a professor of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at University of Queensland in Australia.
The Civil Rights Movement is generally defined by the years 1954-1968. The goal of this movement was to secure political, social, and economic equality for African Americans. The Civil Rights Movement was sparked by the continued disparity faced by African Americans in the years after World War II. Many African Americans had hoped that their participation in the war effort would earn them equal status at home. However, conditions for African Americans changed very little during the war period. As a result, numerous civil rights organizations were formed during the 1950s and 60s. Major Civil Rights organizations included CORE (Congress on Racial Equality), NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordination Committee), and SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference). One of the most prominent methods used by civil rights organizations to improve conditions for African Americans was voter registration campaigns. These campaigns worked to help African Americans, particularly in the southern United States, register to vote. The SCOPE Project was spawned from SCLC in an effort to assist in these voter registration campaigns.
Scope and Content Notes
This collection consists primarily of materials produced by SCOPE for SCOPE participants, correspondence between Richard Hutch and various companions, and publications regarding civil rights. Though aspects of the collection extend beyond 1965, it focuses most heavily on Hutch’s SCOPE experience during the summer of 1965 and does not provide great detail on other civil rights organizations. The collection provides an overview of the role that SCOPE played in the larger Civil Rights Movement, as well as valuable insight to the individual experience of a participant in the Civil Rights Movement. While the collection includes materials from Hutch’s time at Gettysburg College, it does not provide strong representation of the attitude among the larger student body regarding civil rights. Most of the materials from Hutch’s undergraduate experience were written by him and reflect his own personal perspective on the Civil Rights Movement.
This collection is divided into five Series. Series 1: Gettysburg College—School Days, Series 2: SCOPE, Series 3: Newspapers and Publications, Series 4: Correspondence, Series 5: Retrospective Materials