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Guide to the Charles L. Hutchinson Postcards 1905

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Hutchinson, Charles L. Postcards




0.1 linear feet (1 folder)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Charles L. Hutchinson, trustee, banker, philanthropist. The Charles L. Hutchinson Papers consist of a postcard from R. H. (1905) and a postcard showing Hutchinson's house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (undated).

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The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Hutchinson, Charles L. Postcards, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Charles Lawrence Hutchinson was born on March 7, 1854 in Lynn, Massachusetts to Benjamin P. and Sarah M. Ingalls Hutchinson. In 1856, the family moved to Chicago, where Hutchinson attended Chicago High School. He received an honorary A.M. from Tufts College in 1901 and from Harvard University in 1915.

Hutchinson began his career as a grain merchant. He later became a banker and then the vice president (and later president) of the Corn Exchange National Bank. His other appointments include director of Northern Trust Company, president of the Chicago Board of Trade, director and chairman of the Fine Arts Committee of the World’s Columbian Exposition, president of the Art Institute of Chicago (from its beginning), trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, president of the Chicago Orphan Asylum, president of St. Paul’s Universalist Church, vice president of the Egypt Exploration Fund, and treasurer of Rush Medical College.

Hutchinson is perhaps best known as one of the original twenty-one Trustees of the University of Chicago, elected in 1890 after being selected by the American Baptist Education Society. He served in this capacity until his death. He was also treasurer for the University for the same time period.

Hutchinson married Frances Kinsley, the daughter of H.M. Kinsley, on May 26, 1881. The couple had two primary residences—a house at 232 E. Walton Place in Chicago, and another in Lake Geneva Wisconsin named “Wychwood.” Frances died in 1936 and this property was donated to the University.

Charles Lawrence Hutchinson died on October 7, 1924.

Scope Note

The Charles L. Hutchinson Papers consist of a postcard from R. H. (1905) and a postcard showing Hutchinson's house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (undated).

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Box 1   Folder 1


  • Postcard from R.H., showing the environs of Beg-Meil; the ruins of the Chauteau Lespont, 1905
  • Postcard showing Hutchinson's Lake Geneva home, undated