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Guide to the Hudson (Luther M.) Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Luther M. Hudson papers
    Dates: 1900-1986
    Collection number: MS 57
    Creator: Hudson, Luther M.
    Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box + 1 oversized box)
    Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Abstract: The Luther M. Hudson Papers include photographs, postcards, certificate of marriage, correspondence, funeral service program and guestbook, and newspaper clippings documenting the life and career of funeral home director Luther Hudson.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.

    Access Restrictions

    Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish from the Luther M. Hudson Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

    Preferred Citation

    Luther M. Hudson papers, MS 57, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Sean Heyliger, 09/11/2013.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Funeral director Luther M. Hudson (1882-1972) was born on November 9, 1882 in Henry County, Missouri the youngest of seven children to Coleman C. and Martha Hudson. After graduating from Clinton High School, Hudson studied mortuary science at Worsham School in Chicago, Illinois and opened the Hudson Funeral Home at 853 8th Street in Oakland, California in 1915. He was one of the original founders of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, the largest black-owned insurance company in the western United States, contributing $15,000 to help it secure an insurance license in 1925 and served on the company’s board of directors until his death in 1972. Hudson owned and operated the Hudson Funeral Home for 29 years until the failing health of his wife forced him to sell the funeral home to Aramis Fouche in 1943 and move to Los Angeles, California. Hudson married charm school and etiquette instructor, Annette Starr Bruce, in Los Angeles in 1970.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Luther M. Hudson Papers include photographs, postcards, certificate of marriage, correspondence, funeral service program and guestbook, and newspaper clippings documenting the life and career of funeral home director Luther Hudson. The papers include 27 photographs of Hudson’s family and friends and the funeral service program and guestbook for Luther Hudson’s funeral service in 1972. The papers also include a folder of newspaper clippings, correspondence, and a short biographical note collected by the Eastbay Negro Historical Society related to the Hudson Funeral Home.

    Arrangement

    Series I. Luther M. Hudson Series II. Hudson Funeral Home

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Hudson, Luther M.
    Hudson Funeral Home (Oakland, Calif.).
    Undertakers and undertaking—California.
    Oakland (Calif.)--Social life and customs.
    African Americans--California--Oakland--Biography.

    Related Material

    Annette Starr Bruce Hudson Papers, MS 47, African American Museum & Library at Oakland.