By Beatrice Rodriguez Owsley and Mark Phillips
Creator: Hutton, Lucile Levy (1897-1988)
Extent: 7.8 Linear Feet
Arrangement: The collection has been organized into ten series: Biographical Information and Family History; Career in Education; Central Congregational United Church of Christ and Other Church Affliations; Educational Affliations; Organizational Affliations; Social Club Affliations; Miscellaneous; Photographs; Writings; and Oversize Material.
Date Acquired: 01/01/1989
The papers of Lucile Levy Hutton occupy 7.8 linear feet of shelf space and cover not only her career in public education; but also chronicle her vigorous participation in civic, religious, and cultural activities. Correspondence (1890-1988) has been kept with related material where it was generated and therefore may be found in six of the ten series. The papers are arranged chronologically within each category.
Lucile Levy Hutton, educator, author, and music lover was an active participant in New Orleans music circles. She was a longtime music teacher at Valena C. Jones Elementary School, a piano teacher, and a member of the B-Sharp Music Club among other musical affiliations. She was also a member of Central Congregational United Church of Christ and the author of "This is a Grand Work: A History of Central Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) New Orleans, Louisiana, 1871-1977," a publication chronicling the church's history.
Lucile Levy Hutton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 9, 1897. She graduated from the Normal Department of Straight College (now Dillard University) in 1916. She received a B.A. degree in Music Education from Oberlin College (Ohio) in 1933, and an M.A. degree in Music Education from Northwestern University (Illinois) in 1948. Additionally, she studied music at Millis College in Oakland, California, the University of California at Berkeley, and Columbia University in New York.
In 1916, she received a teaching position with the New Orleans Public School System and remained until her retirement in 1962. She taught at Valena C. Jones Elementary School for 12 years, and later served as consultant in vocal music for 23 years. She acted as commentator for the Booker T. Washington Series of Young People's Concerts sponsored by the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra and as coordinator of the annual Music Festival of Negro Public Schools held in the Municipal Auditorium from 1948 to 1962. She also conducted a private piano studio at her home.
Hutton was a long time member of Central Congregational United Church of Christ, serving as its historian from 1958 to 1983. She authored the church's history covering 116 years in a publication entitled, "This is a Grand Work: A History of Central Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) New Orleans, Louisiana, 1871-1977." She was a member of several professional, civic, and cultural organizations, among which were Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., B-Sharp Music Club, Dillard University Alumni Association, Friends of the Amistad Research Center, New Orleans Retired Teachers Association of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association, and the New Orleans Y.W.C.A.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Use Restrictions: Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.
Central Congregational United Church of Christ records
Valena C. Jones Class Reunion collection
B-Sharp Music Club records
Fannie C. Williams papers
Processing Information: This collection was processed in 1997 and reboxed in July 2010.