Guide to the Hudson (Luther M.) Papers

Sean Heyliger
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
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African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Luther M. Hudson Papers

Collection number: MS 57

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
09/11/2013
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

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.

Collection Contents

 

Luther M. Hudson

Physical Description: 5 folders + 1 oversized box

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Luther M. Hudson's marriage certificate to Ida Mosley, family photographs of Luther Hudson and Annette Starr Bruce Hudson, programs and guestbook at Luther Hudson's funeral service, and a vertical file containing correspondence and newspaper clippings on Luther Hudson.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
 

Photographs

Box 1:1

Luther Hudson dancing with wife, Annette Starr Bruce Hudson [001] circa 1960s

Box 1:1

Exterior of Luther Hudson's house at 1141 S. Burnside Ave. Los Angeles, California [002] circa 1960s

Box 1:1

Luther and Annette Starr Bruce Hudson with friends [003] circa 1960s

Box 1:1

Luther Hudson standing on front steps of house holding a dog leash [004] 1971

Box 1:1

Luther Hudson and dog, Fritz, on front steps of house [005] 1971

Box 1:1

Luther Hudson, Annette Starr Bruce, and dog, Fritz, on front lawn [006] 1971

Box 1:1

Robert Gilmore and Luther Hudson outside of house at 1141 S. Burnside Ave. Los Angeles, California [007] 1971

Box 1:1

Luther Hudson sitting in chair reading a newspaper [008] 1972

Box 1:1

Luther Hudson standing outside in suit and hat [009] circa 1970s

Box 1:1

Luther Hudson sitting in chair [010] circa 1970s

Box 1:1

Annette Starr Bruce Hudson and mourners at Luther Hudson's funeral service [011] 1972

Box 1:1

Luther Hudson and Mrs. Luther Hudson standing next to table [012] circa 1950s

Box 1:1

Luther Hudson and Mrs. Luther Hudson standing next to Chinese lantern [013] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Luther and Jane Hudson sitting at banquet table [colorized] [014] 1943

Box 1:2

Luther Hudson's hand in casket [015] 1972

Box 1:2

Luther Hudson's hand in casket [016] 1972

Box 1:2

Mourners at Luther Hudson's funeral service [017] 1972

Box 1:2

Luther Hudson in casket at funeral service [018] 1972

Box 1:2

Luther Hudson in casket at funeral service [019] 1972

Box 1:2

Luther Hudson's gravesite [020] 1972

Box 1:2

Luther Hudson's gravesite [021] 1972

Box 1:2

Casket at gravesite at Luther Hudson's funeral service [022] 1972

Box 1:2

Mourners standing beside casket at gravesite at Luther Hudson's funeral service [023] 1972

Box 1:2

Mourners standing beside casket at gravesite at Luther Hudson's funeral service [024] 1972

Box 1:2

Luther Hudson and man standing next to car [025] circa 1940s

Box 1:2

Cabinet card portrait of brother of Luther Hudson [026] 1900

Box 1:2

Luther Hudson sitting in chair next to woman [color negative][027] circa 1970s

 

Funeral service

Box OM5

Certificate of marriage, Luther M. Hudson and Ida Mosley 1908

Box 1:5

Eastbay Negro Historical Society vertical file 1955-1970

 

Hudson Funeral Home

Physical Description: 1 folder + 1 oversized box

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes newspaper clippings, mailing advertisements, a calendar, and postcards of Hudson's Funeral Home.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box OM5

Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home calendar 1986

Box 1:6

Eastbay Negro Historical Society vertical file 1965 and undated