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Guide to the William H. Hutchinson Papers, 1951-1990
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William H. Hutchinson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1951-1990
    Box Number: 1683-1732
    Creator: Hutchinson, W. H. (William Henry), 1910-1990
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William H. Hutchinson Papers, California State Library.

    Access Points

    California--History--20th century.
    Donner Lake (Calif.)
    Family (Club)
    Hutchinson, W. H. (William Henry), 1910-1990.
    Inland navigation--History.
    Radio scripts.
    Yuba River (Calif.)


    William Henry ("Old Hutch") Hutchinson was born on August 13, 1911, in Denver, Colorado. He attended school in Oxford, Mississippi; Newark, New Jersey; Denver and Redondo Beach. He earned his master's degree from Chico State College in 1961.
    He worked at various times as a horse wrangler, a cowboy, a boiler fireman, and a mucker in mines. During the Depression, Hutchinson worked as Chief Purser on passenger vessels.
    During World War II he served as lieutenant commander in the U.S. Maritime Service where he saw duty in the South Pacific, North Atlantic, and Mediterranean.
    After the war, Hutchinson moved to Butte County, where he became a freelance writer. He has sold more than 150 fact and fiction articles to a variety of popular magazines. He also wrote, narrated, and produced several historical pageants of California and had his own weekly radio and television programs. "Hutch" was the author of 15 books, one of which, Oil, Land and Politics: The California Career of Thomas R. Bard,was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He also worked as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and frequently contributed to the Chico Enterprise-Record and taught at California State University at Chico until his retirement in 1978. He died of a heart attack in Chico on March 11, 1990.


    Correspondence, background materials, notes and drafts for books on California history, vitae and career related materials at CSU, Chico and aboard ship, reprints of articles and short stories, books, photographs, periodicals, royalty statements, copyright clearances, speeches, microfilm copy of manuscript for California book, membership lists and various announcement and correspondence for "The Family," a San Francisco-based club, research material for various books and articles, radio and TV scripts.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • Benefield, Barry. A Soldier of Time. (FIC B4635s).
    • Chopin, Kate O'Flaherty. The Return of Alcibiade. (FIC C545r).
    • Clar, C. Raymond. Out of the River Mist. (c*F 869 G84 C55).
    • Hagen, E. John. Traveling with a Loose Bit. (c*CT 275 H15 A3 1984).
    • Hargrave, Arthur. The Family Story, 1902-1977. (CALIF *HS 2725 S4 F32 1978).
    • Haslam, Gerald. Hawk Flights. (c*PS 3558 A724 H38 1983).
    • _____. Home Valley.
    • _____. Jack Schaefer.
    • _____. Masks.
    • _____. Okies. 2nd edition. (c*PS 3558 A724 O45 1974).
    • _____. Okies. 3rd edition. (c*PS 3558 A724 O45 1975).
    • _____. Snapshots. (c*PS 3558 A724 S6 1985).
    • _____. Voices of a Place. (c*PS 3558 A724 Z475 1987).
    • _____. Wages of Sin. (c*PS 3558 A724 W34 1980).
    • Henry, O. Christmas by Injunction. (PS 2649 P5 A6 1989).
    • Ho for California. edited by Charles F. Outland. (cF 593 F32).
    • Hutchinson, W.H. California: The Golden Shore by the Sundown Sea. (c*F 861 H8 c.2).
    • _____. California, the Golden Shore by the Sundown Sea. 2nd ed., 1988. (CALIF *F861 H8 1988).
    • _____. Gene Autry and the Golden Ladder Gang. (CALIF *FIC H973gg).
    • _____. Thomas Robert Bard. (c*F 866 B26 H86 1962).
    • _____. When Chico Stole the College. (cF 869 C35 H6 1983).
    • Lee, Hector. The Bodega War and Other Tales from Western Lore.
    • Lee, Hector and Donald Roberson. Love of Our Land. (CALIF *PE 1121 L47)
    • Meyer, Larry L. The Complete Works of Marcus Uteris. (CALIF *FIC M615co)
    • Oscar Lawler, 1875-1966. (CALIF *KF 373 L38 A36 1983).
    • Owen, Wister. Santa-Claus Lin. (FIC W817s).
    • Pacific Legal Foundation. Meeting the Challenges of the 1990s. 1988-1989 16th annual report.
    • Rhodes, Eugene Manlove. The Bar Cross Liar. (FIC R476b).
    • Rogers, John G. Origins of Sea Terms. (CALIF *V21 R64 1984).
    • Shumate, Albert. The California of George Gordon and the 1849 Sea Voyages of his California Association. (c*HC 102.5 G67 S48).
    • _____. The Notorious J.C. Woods of theAdams Express. (c*HC 102.5 W65 S58 1986).
    • Smith, Earl R. The Days of my Years. (c*CT 275 S5267 A3).
    • Stuhl, Edward. Mount Shasta Journal, 1917-1923 (cF 868 S6 S78 1989).
    • Talbitzer, Bill. Echoes of the Gold Rush: Tales of the Northern Mines. (c*TN 423 C2 T35 1985).
    • W. H. D. Koerner, Illustrator of the West. (c*NC 975.5 K63 W53 1918).
    • Wilkins, Mary E. Christmas Jenny. (FIC W686c).


    • "Bright Lights, Big City." May 6, [1987].
    • "Children at Play." May 15, 1982.
    • "Concert in the Park." March 18, 1980.
    • "Dedication of Remodelled Dining Room." Sept. 15, 1989.
    • "The Family's 1979 Baby Class Show." Jan. 29,1979.
    • "The 1st Family."
    • "The Flight of the Stork." Sept. 2-6, 1976; Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 1979; Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 1980; Sept. 2-5, 1982; Sept. 1-4, 1983; Aug. 23-26, 1984; Aug. 22-25, 1985; Aug. 21-24, 1986; Aug. 27-30, 1987; Aug. 25-28, 1988; Aug. 24-27, 1989.
    • "Johnny at the Farm." May 16, 1987.
    • "Ladies Day at the Farm." June 4, 1989.
    • "Midsummer Dream Night." June 27, 1981.
    • "Midsummer Dream Weekend." June 20-23, 1985; June 19-22, 1986; June 18-21, 1987; June 22-25, 1989.
    • "My Fair Lady." April 21, 1987.
    • "Rhapsody in Blue." March 15, 1983.
    • "Songbird Everfaithful Row." April 25, 1989.
    • "Spring Festival." March 21, 1989.


    • Hunting.
    • Hutchinson, William H.
    • McManus, John A.
    • Water: Power Plants.

    Charts, diagrams, tables, etc.:

    • "Diagram of modern hydro-electric development..."


    • MAP c912 C15: California. Northern. 1983. Inter-County Title Co. map of Nevada and Sierra Counties and their 1983 communities.
    • MAP c912 C15e 1955: California. Northern. 1955. Emigrant Gap, Calif.
    • MAP c912 C15 1907: California. Northern. Operations map of the Sierra Flume and Lumber Company and the others who 1907 first put Sierra Pine on the world market...
    • MAP c912 C15r: California. Northern. n.d. Right of way and track map main line Southern Pacific Company, Sacramento n.d. Division...
    • MAP c912 C15g: California. Northern. n.d. Southern Pacific Transportation Company right of way and track map main n.d. line....
    • MAP-S c912 C15 1978: California. Southern. 1978. Pacific Lighting Utility System.
    • MAP c912 N49 1867: California. Nevada County. 1867. [Map of Township 17 North, Range 15 East Mount Diablo Meridian].
    • MAP c912 N49 1865: California. Nevada County. 1865. [Map of Township 17 North, Range 16 East Mount Diablo Meridian].
    • MAP c912 N49 n.d.: California. Nevada County. n.d. Right of way and track map main line Southern Pacific Company operated by Southern Pacific Company Sacramento Division...
    • MAP c912 P69 n.d.: California. Placer County. n.d. Right of way and track map main line Southern Pacific Company operated by Southern Pacific Company Sacramento Division...
    • MAP c912 S19 1978: California. San Francisco. 1978. San Francisco water and power systems general map.

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