John B. Hutson Papers

Manuscript Collection #220
Hutson, John B., 1890-1964
Physical description
0.43 Cubic Feet, 131 items , consisting of correspondence, speeches, articles, talks, photographs, clippings, and printed material.
Preferred Citation
John B. Hutson Papers (#220), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Papers (1937-1964) consisting of correspondence, speeches, articles, talks, photographs, clippings and printed material.

Biographical/historical information

John B. Hutson (1891-1964) was a native of Murray, Kentucky. He received a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1917, a M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1930. He joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1921 and became an authority on agricultural marketing with a specialty in tobacco. From 1930-1933 Hutson was marketing specialist for the Foreign Agricultural Service, from 1936-1940 chief of the Tobacco Branch of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, and from 1941-1944 president of the Commodity Credit Corporation. Hutson was appointed undersecretary of agriculture in 1945 and then became assistant secretary general of the United Nations, with responsibility for financial services, a position he held through 1947. In 1947 he became president of Tobacco Associates, representing tobacco growers in Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Hutson held that position until his death.

Scope and arrangement

The bulk of the collection consists of articles and talks on tobacco (1947-1964) in his capacity as president of Tobacco Associates.

Topics include the Tobacco Associates program (1947, 1953, 1960, 1962), the effects of World War II on trade relations, export markets for fluecured tobacco, tobacco consumption, the Marshall Plan and the European tobacco tax problems, price stabilization, the World Tobacco Organization (1953), acreage and price prospects, growth of tobacco in Asia, and competition from the Common Market countries (1961, 1962).

Correspondence mainly consists of congratulatory letters on Hutson's appointment as president of the Commodity Credit Corporation, although a 1956 letter to the News and Observer farm editor is in response to an article of flue-cured tobacco and concerns the decline in quality and export sales.

Printed material includes the May 14, 1964, Congressional Record which concerns an amendment of the Act Relating to Associations of Producers of Agricultural Products and a clipping on the goals of the farm program for 1937.

Administrative information
Custodial History

December 20, 1972, 3 volumes; Speeches and articles (1947-1964). Gift of Joseph R. Williams, Tobacco Associates, Inc., Washington, D.C.

December 20, 1972, (addition), 15 items; Clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mrs. John B. Hutson, Washington, D.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Joseph R. Williams

Gift of Mrs. John B. Hutson

Processing information

Processed by M. Boccaccio, July 1987

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Personal Names
Hutson, John B., 1890-1964
Corporate Names
Commodity Credit Corporation
Tobacco Associates
World Tobacco Organization
International economic integration
Tobacco industry--Asia
Tobacco industry--Europe
Tobacco industry--United States
Tobacco--United States--History--20th century
World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects

Container list
Box 1 Folder b-g Articles and talks, 1947-1958
Box 2 Folder a-b Articles and talks, 1959-1964
Box 2 Folder c Obituaries
Box 2 Folder d Photographs
Box 2 Folder e Printed material