William Robert Hutcherson, born in Glassgow, Kentucky, on December 20, 1898, received his A.B. (1922) and A.M. (1924) from the University of Kentucky. Hutcherson continued with his graduate work during the summers at Chicago (1925-1927, 1929) while on the faculty at Berea College. Hutcherson first served as head of the department of the junior high school at Berea from 1924 to 1926. From 1926 to 1928, Hutcherson served as associate professor of physics, astronomy and mathematics and from 1928 to 1948 he taught in the mathematics department, serving as Professor and Head of this department from 1929 to1948. During this time period, Hutcherson was able to study as a fellow at Cornell University (1930-1931) and receive his Ph.D. in 1931. Hutcherson also served as a lay Methodist minister.
Scope and Contents: This collection contains transcribed diary entries (1936-1940 and 1946-1950) of William R. Hutcherson. Many of the entries speak to Hutcherson's personal life and his work at Berea College.