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Guide to the Robert Watts Hudgens Papers, 1925-1973

Abstract

Robert Watts "Pete" Hudgens (1896-1973), an investment banker, government official, corporation executive and amateur printer, was born in Laurens County, South Carolina.

Personal and professional correspondence, writings, speeches, topical publications and notes, and other papers, relating to rural development programs in the U.S. and other countries, especially Latin America, U.S. Farmers Home Administration, Chapel Hill, N.C., The Citadel, Cosmos Club, Faith at Work, International Development Services, Society for International Development, Southeast Public Health Foundation, National Sharecroppers Fund, National Advisory Committee on Farm Labor, and Latin America.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Robert Watts Hudgens papers 1925-1973
Creator
Hudgens, Robert Watts, 1896-1973
Extent
6,400 Items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The collection primarily concerns Hudgens' activities after 1949, and consists of correspondence, printed materials, personal and organizational papers, many of Hudgens' writings, topical publications and notes, and other miscellaneous papers. Excellent coverage of the pre-l950 period is found in The Reminiscences of Robert W. Hudgens, microfiche no. 95 of Part II of the Columbia Oral History Collection, available in the Newspapers and Microforms Department.

Hudgens' continuing interest and involvement in the field of economic development at home and abroad is reflected in the files for the Farmers Home Administration (1938-1972), International Development Services (1956-1971), the American International Association (1948-1972), Agricultural Workers (1952-1971), the Society for International Development (1959-1972), the International Study and Research Institute (1963-1970), the National Advisory Committee on Farm Labor (1958-1968), the National Sharecroppers Fund (1962-1972), the National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor (1951-1967), and in files for individuals that shared his concerns and interest in the subject, such as Will Winton Alexander, Paul Henson Appleby, Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Luigi Gino Ligutti, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, Paul Schuster Taylor, and James Gray Maddox. There are files for the Delmo Housing Corporation and Gee's Bend, Alabama, which were cooperative projects that confronted Depression-era problems.

Hudgens was actively involved in religious organizations and in churches. He was president of the board of directors of Faith At Work, and the file for this organization covers the years 1951-1972. There are also files for the Riverside Church, New York (1956-1971) and the United Church of Christ in Chapel Hill, N.C. (1958-1973).

Hudgens' involvement in a number of state and local groups after his retirement to Chapel Hill is shown in such files as those for the Chapel Hill Historical Society (1967-1972), the Men's Garden Club of Chapel Hill (1963-1970), Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library (1967-1972), and the North Carolina Council on World Affairs.

Hudgens was an active, and often welcome, speaker and writer on current events and on the lessons he learned in dealing with economic development and rural problems, and several files contain examples of his notes, speeches and writings. For example, he was Regents Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley (1955), and was a guest lecturer at The Citadel (1963-1967), Syracuse University (Paul H. Appleby File, 1949-1954) and Columbia University (1954-1955). He was a participant in the Ray Kaighn Conversation Group in Chapel Hill. He was also proprietor of the Rooster Press of Chapel Hill whose publications were Hudgens' essays and editorials on current events and Southern culture, many of which were reprinted in several North Carolina newspapers, as well as miscellaneous cards, calendars, announcements, etc.

Other significant files include the Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C. (1946-1972); the Southeast Public Health Foundation (1965-1972), which he helped to found; and those of many acquaintances of note. There are several files dealing directly with Hudgens and his works (Biographical, Financial, Miscellaneous Writings and Rooster Press), as well as correspondence with numerous of his relatives.

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Contents of the Collection

Adams, Judith: 1963
Box 1
Agricultural Development Council: 1963-1972
Box 1
Agricultural Workers: 1952-1960
Box 1
Agricultural Workers: 1962-1971
Box 1
Aguirre Tupper, Fernando: 1963-1971
Box 1
Alexander, Will Winton: 1948-1972
Box 1
Alliance for Progress: 1961-1970
Box 1
American Cancer Society: 1947-1958
Box 1
American International Association: 1948-1972
Box 2
American Legion: 1946-1951
Box 2
American Red Cross: 1952-1957
Box 2
Americans for Democratic Action: 1946-1948
Box 2
Ames, Jessie (Daniel): 1965-1966
Box 3
Anderson, James: 1964
Box 3
Andrews, Stanley: 1952
Box 3
Anonymous (A poem, possibly by Robert W. Hudgens):1925
Box 3
Appleby, Paul Henson: 1947-1951
Box 3
Appleby, Paul Henson: 1952-1964
Box 3
Arnold, Edwin Gustaf: 1952-1954
Box 3
Arnold Family (Family of Walter Harold Arnold, brother-in-law of Eleanor Furman Hudgens): 1948-1971
Box 3
Ascoli, Max: 1968-1969
Box 3
Atcon, Rudolf P.: 1961
Box 3
Atwater, Reginald Meyers: 1955
Box 3
Avery, Virginia: 1970
Box 3
Bagley, Henry W.: 1958-1961
Box 3
Bailey, Charles P.: 1959
Box 3
Bailey Family (Family of Broadus Bailey, brother-in-law of Eleanor Furman Hudgens): 1953-1972
Box 3
Baldwin, Calvin B.: 1953
Box 3
Baldwin, Sidney: 1961-1968
Box 3
Barnes, George Anthony: 1958
Box 3
Barr, Stringfellow: 1953-1972
Box 3
Beach, Robert Fullerton: 1958
Box 3
Beecher, John: 1948-1972
Box 3
Beecher, John and Barbara: Works: 1940-1964
Box 3
Benedict, Murray Reed: 1947
Box 3
Bertsch, Howard: 1958-1967
Box 3
Bissell, Titus C.: 1959-1960
Box 3
Blackwell, Gordon Williams: 1960-1972
Box 3
Though, Ray: 1958-1961
Box 3
Boek, Walter Erwin: 1962-1972
Box 3
Bondy, Robert Earl: 1964
Box 3
Borella, Victor: 1954
Box 3
Brandenburg, Earl W.: 1961
Box 3
Brannan, Charles Franklin: 1960-1965
Box 4
Bristol, Lee Hastings: 1959-1962
Box 4
Brooks, Lee Marshall: 1966-1972
Box 4
Brown, Philip Marshall: 1947-1960
Box 4
Buchanan, Archibald C.: 1960
Box 4
Buckner, George Walker: 1964-1970
Box 4
Byrnes, James Francis: 1953
Box 4
Cabaniss, Edward M.: 1960
Box 4
Cardon, Philip Vincent: 1949
Box 4
Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions: 1970-1972
Box 4
Chapel Hill Gravel: 1965-1970
Box 4
Chapel Hill Historical Society: 1967-1972
Box 4
Chavez, Dennis: 1954
Box 4
Childs, Marquis William: 1954-1964
Box 4
The Citadel: 1942-1953
Box 4
The Citadel: 1954-1961
Box 4
The Citadel: Commencement:1967
Box 4
The Citadel: Summer Institute: 1963-1967
Box 4
The Citadel Development Foundation: 1963-1969
Box 4
Clark, Pearl F.: 1955
Box 4
Clawson, Marion: 1964-1967
Box 4
Cleveland, James Harlan: 1954-1970
Box 4
Cole, Lawrence Edward: 1967-1968
Box 4
Coleman, Henry Crim: 1963
Box 5
Columbia University Oral History Project: 1972
Box 5
Columbia University Seminar: 1954-1955
Box 5
Columbia University Seminar: 1956-1962
Box 5
Common Cause: 1955-1972
Box 5
Conway Family (John and Francis Conway, possible relatives of Robert W. Hudgens): 1953-1970
Box 5
Copeland, James Issac: 1969
Box 5
Cart, William Walter: 1967
Box 5
Cory, William Johnson: undated
Box 5
Cosmos Club: 1946-1962
Box 6
Cosmos Club: 1963-1965
Box 6
Cosmos Club: 1966-1968
Box 6
Cosmos Club: 1969-1970
Box 6
Cosmos Club: 1971-1973
Box 6
Cosmos Club Bulletin: 1953-1973
Box 6
Couch, Virgil Lee: 1961
Box 6
Cousins, Norman: 1953-1972
Box 6
Cowen, Wilson: 1964-1967
Box 6
Cruishank, Nelson Hale: 1967-1969
Box 6
Curran Family (Frank J. and Charlotte Curran): 1967
Box 6
Daniel, Charles Ezra: 1954
Box 6
Davis, Ray E.: 1950
Box 6
Deane, Charles Bennett: 1952
Box 6
Delmo Homes: 1965-1968
Box 6
Democratic Party: 1960-1972
Box 6
Derieux, James Clarkson: 1959-1960
Box 6
Development and Resources Corporation: 1965
Box 6
Dickinson, Raymond L.: 1958
Box 6
Disabled Officers Association: 1958-1971
Box 6
Dobyns, Henry Farmer: 1963-1966
Box 6
Dolan, Margaret Baggett: 1968-1972
Box 6
Douglas, Helen Gahagan: 1945-1965
Box 6
Duncan, John C.: 1966
Box 6
Dunlap, Annie (Hudgens) (Aunt of Robert W. Hudgens): 1944-1948
Box 6
Dykes, Jefferson Chenowth: 1958
Box 6
Edgell, Alvin G.: 1963-1971
Box 6
Eisenhower, Milton Stover: July 20
Box 6
Ethridge Family (Mark Foster and Willie Snow Ethridge): 1966-1968
Box 6
Evans Family (William Ney and May Thompson Evans): 1950-1972
Box 6
Ewing, Oscar Ross: 1972
Box 6
Faith at Work: 1951-May, 1960
Box 7
Faith at Work: June, 1960-1961
Box 7
Faith at Work: 1962
Box 7
Faith at Work: 1963-1964
Box 7
Faith at Work: 1965-1967
Box 7
Faith at Work: 1968-1972
Box 7
Fink, Arthur Emil: Jan. 20
Box 8
Fischer. John: 1946-1973
Box 8
Fischer, Joseph Lyman: 1962-1963
Box 8
Fletcher Family (Arthur and Vivian Fletcher): 1966-1967
Box 8
Fountain, Lawrence H.: 1971
Box 8
Frank, Jerome David: 1964
Box 8
Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library: 1967-1972
Box 8
Fryer Family (E. Reeseman, lone and Sue Elleanore Fryer): 1957-1969
Box 8
Fuller (Benjamin) Family (Family of Benjamin Rutledge Fuller, stepfather of Robert W. Hudgens): 1947-1971
Box 8
Fuller (John) Family (Family of John D. Fuller, possibly related to Robert W. Hudgens): 1954-1972
Box 8
Fullilove, Sam: 1962-1963
Box 8
Furman Family (Families of Alester Garden Furman, Jr., brother of Eleanor Furman Hudgens, and of his son, Alester Garden Furman III): 1946-1955
Box 8
Furman Family: 1956-1972
Box 8
Gaer, Joseph: 1949-1959
Box 8
Gardening: 1964-1972
Box 8
Garst, Robert: 1966
Box 8
Gates, Thomas Sovereign: 1958
Box 8
Gee's Bend: 1947-1969
Box 8
Giesecke, Albert Anthony: 1952
Box 8
Gil, Frederico Guillermo: 1966-1970
Box 8
Glick, Philip Milton: 1955-1972
Box 8
Gobbel, James Thomas: 1947
Box 8
Goldschmidt, Arthur Edward: 1949-1972
Box 8
Goldsmith, Margaret: 1960
Box 8
Gomez Garcia, Anibal: 1967-1972
Box 9
Goncalves de Souza, Joso: 1958
Box 9
Graham, Frank Porter: 1963-1972
Box 9
Graves, Louis: 1963-1968
Box 9
Griffing, John B. 1958-1962
Box 9
Grisham Family (Glen and Olga Grisham): 1956-1968
Box 9
Grubbs, Donald Hughes: 1963
Box 9
Guess, Joe: 1949-1970
Box 9
Guess, Joe: 1971-1972
Box 9
Hall, Wilton Earle: 1947
Box 9
Hambidge, Gove: 1959
Box 9
Hammond, Edward Cuyler: 1968
Box 9
Hampden-Sydney College: 1960-1961
Box 9
Hanson, Haldore: 1963-1964
Box 9
Harkness, John C.: 1965-1972
Box 9
Harrison, James Leftwich: 1949
Box 9
Hawthorne, Hugh Robert: 1961
Box 9
Haynsworth, Clement Furman: 1964-1969
Box 9
Hays, Brooks: 1958-1972
Box 9
Heald, Kenneth Conrad: 1968
Box 9
Heilman, John: 1953-1962
Box 9
Helmreich, Ralph Louis: 1958
Box 9
Help for a Hungry World: 1968-1969
Box 9
Herz, Michael M.: 1964
Box 9
Hewes, Laurence Isley: 1946-1972
Box 9
Hickey, Vivian: 1965-1972
Box 9
Hicks, Frank Dewitt: 1967-1972
Box 9
Hill, Lister: 1946-1968
Box 9
Himebaugh, Keith: 1960-1971
Box 10
Himstead, Ralph Ebner: 1951-1956
Box 10
Hobbs, Samuel Huntington: 1969
Box 10
Hobby, William Pettus: 1959
Box 10
Hobson, Jessie Edward: 1964
Box 10
Hoffman, Anna M. (Rosenburg): 1949-1962
Box 10
Hoge, James Fulton: 1959-1963
Box 10
Hollings, Ernest Frank: 1969
Box 10
Howell, Almonte Charles: 1969-1971
Box 10
Hoyt, James Alfred: 1949-1965
Box 10
Hoyt, Winthrop: 1951-1972
Box 10
Hudgens, Eugene S. (Cousin of Robert W. Hudgens):1960
Box 10
Hudgens, Lucia Taylor, Sr. (Relative of Robert W. Hudgens):1965
Box 10
Hudgens, Lucia Taylor, Jr. (Relative of Robert W. Hudgens): 1949-1958
Box 10
Hudgens, Richard Watts (Son of Robert W. Hudgens): 1962-1968
Box 10
Hudgens' Addresses (Drafts and printed and typewritten copies of addresses made by Robert W. Hudgens): 1946-1961
Box 10
Hudgens' Addresses: 1963-1967
Box 10
Hudgens' Biographical (Includes various sketches, documents, records, clippings, pictures and other biographical papers concerning Robert W. Hudgens, and, to a limited degree, his wife, Eleanor Furman Hudgens): 1946-1952
Box 10
Hudgens' Biographical: 1963-1972
Box 10
Hudgens' Financial (Miscellaneous Financial papers of Robert W. Hudgens): 1953-1963
Box 10
Hudgens' Misc. Writings (Drafts, letters, articles, pamphlets, reports, etc. by Robert W. Hudgens): 1941-1964
Box 10
Hudgens' Misc. Writings: 1965-1972
Box 10
Hudgins Family: undated
Box 11
Humphrey, Hubert Horatio: 1952
Box 11
Inman, Samuel Guy: 1958-1962
Box 11
Institute for Religious and Social Studies: 1957-1960
Box 11
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development: 1961
Box 11
International Development Conference: 1966
Box 11
International Development Services: 1956-July, 1962
Box 11
International Development Services: 1962, Aug.-Dec.
Box 11
International Development Services: 1963, Jan.-May
Box 11
International Development Services: 1963, June-Sept.
Box 11
International Development Services: 1963, Oct.-Dec.
Box 11
International Development Services: 1964-1967
Box 11
International Development Services: 1968-1971
Box 11
International Study and Research Institute: 1963-1970
Box 11
Jackson, N. Baxter: 1958
Box 12
Jackson Family (Gardner and Pat Jackson): 1952-1969
Box 12
Jamieson, William D.: 1948
Box 12
Jeffries, Elizabeth (Townsend) (Relative of Robert W. Hudgens):1969
Box 12
Jervey Family (Family of James Wilkerson Jervey, whose daughter Alletta Wood Jervey, married Robert W. Hudgens' son, Richard Watts Hudgens): 1951-1968
Box 12
Johnson, Guy Benton: 1969
Box 12
Johnson, Shelby: 1971
Box 12
Johnson, Vernon Webster: 1967-1970
Box 12
Jones, Peter Smith: 1960-1961
Box 12
Kendall, Henry Plimpton: 1947-1948
Box 12
Kerr, Clark: 1957
Box 12
Keys, J.C.: 1947-1970
Box 12
Kilpatrick, Carroll: 1965
Box 12
Knapp, Joseph Grant: 1967-1971
Box 12
Kraft, John H.: 1958
Box 12
Land Reform, Peru: 1948-Sept., 1963
Box 12
Land Reform, Peru: 1963, Oct.-1969
Box 12
Land Tenure Center: 1963-1969
Box 12
Latin America: 1950-1961
Box 13
Latin America: 1962-1969
Box 13
Lawrence, David: 1965-1969
Box 13
Leagans, John Paul: 1967
Box 13
League for the American Home: 1948-1951
Box 13
LeCron, James D.: 1947-1949
Box 13
Lee, John F.: 1961-1965
Box 13
Legg, James: 1961
Box 13
LeTellier, Louis Shepherd: 1953
Box 13
Levin Family (Nathan and Pam Levin): 1962-1963
Box 13
Lewis Family (Family of Nellie Hoyt Lewis, daughter of Robert W. Hudgens, and her husband, Walter E. Lewis): 1965-1972
Box 13
Lewis, Burdette Gibson: 1952-1958
Box 13
Lewis, Henry Wilkins: 1963-1965
Box 13
Liebenow, Robert C.: 1961
Box 13
Lieberman, Jay Benjamin: 1960-1971
Box 13
Ligutti, Luigi Gino: 1952-1967
Box 13
Liss, Samuel: 1948-1953
Box 13
Lodwick, B.W.: 1958
Box 13
Loomis, Milton Early: 1968-1972
Box 13
McCall, Arthur Crosswell: 1951
Box 14
McCallister, Ralph: 1966-1972
Box 14
McCamy, James Lucian: 1948
Box 14
McCracken, Robert James: 1952-1962
Box 14
McDavid, Raven Ivor: 1951- 1964
Box 14
McGrail, Richard P.: 1948
Box 14
MacNeil, Robert B.: 1967
Box 14
Maddox, James Gray: 1955-1972
Box 14
Mahon, Gabriel Heywood: 1950-1964
Box 14
Malik, Charles Habib: 1954-1965
Box 14
Malone, Dumas: 1955-1972
Box 14
Manning, Wyndham Meredith: 1957-1958
Box 14
Maris Family (Family of Paul V. Marls): 1945-1972
Box 14
Marshall, Ralph Tannahill: 1963-1971
Box 14
Mayo Clinic: undated
Box 14
Meares, Robert L.: 1964-1970
Box 14
Men's Garden Club of Chapel Hill: 1963-1970
Box 14
Merritt, Lewie Griffith: 1966-1967
Box 14
Minor, William Arthur: 1949
Box 14
Mitchell, George Sinclair: 1952-1958
Box 15
Mitchell, Harry Leland: 1957-1972
Box 15
Moore, John W.: 1958-1965
Box 15
Moore, Robert Murray: 1947
Box 15
Morgan, Arthur Ernest: 1964
Box 15
Mott, Frederick Dodge: 1947-1972
Box 15
Myers Family (Dewitt L. and Alic Myers): 1964-1972
Box 15
National Advisory Committee on Farm Labor: 1958-1963
Box 15
National Advisory Committee on Farm Labor: 1964-1968
Box 15
National Committee for Christian Leadership: 1947-1948
Box 15
National Consumers League: 1960-1971
Box 15
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America: 1951-1970
Box 15
National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor: 1951-1967
Box 15
National Sharecroppers Fund: 1962-1965
Box 16
National Sharecroppers Fund: 1966-1968
Box 16
National Sharecroppers Fund: 1969-1972
Box 16
Neale, John R.: 1957-1958
Box 16
New York City Housing Authority: 1958
Box 16
New York Southern Society: 1949-1959
Box 16
Nicholson, Donald Lon: 1947
Box 16
North Carolina Council on World Affairs: 1963-1968
Box 16
North Carolina Fund: 1965-1967
Box 16
North Carolina State Beekeepers Association: 1963
Box 16
Parisius, Herbert W.: 1969-1970
Box 16
Patton, Ernest: 1960-1961
Box 16
Patton, James George: 1948-1971
Box 16
Peace, Roger Craft: 1948
Box 16
Pearson, Drew Andrew Russell: 1953-1967
Box 16
Peet, Herbert M.: 1950-1959
Box 16
Perkins, Milo Randolph: 1948-1968
Box 16
Peterson, Lyall Ellis: 1958-1969
Box 16
Picard, Ralph Alan: 1952
Box 16
Pierce, John H.: 1947-1948
Box 17
Pohlmann, Kenneth E.: 1966-1969
Box 17
Pope, Thomas Harrington: 1952
Box 17
Poteat, Edwin McNeill: 1948-1950
Box 17
Powell, Oscar Morgan: 1956-1964
Box 17
Pratt, Henry Nickerson: 1947
Box 17
Radio Station WCFM: 1947
Box 17
Raper, Arthur Franklin: 1963-1964
Box 17
Ray Kaighn Conversation Group: 1962-1972
Box 17
Reed, Vergil D,: 1956-1966
Box 17
Reid, T. Roy: 1954-1968
Box 17
Reierson, Roy Lester: 1958
Box 17
Research Triangle: 1961-1971
Box 17
Retirement: 1966-1972
Box 17
Reuter, Richard Ward: 1962
Box 17
Rhoads, Cornelius Packard: 1953-1959
Box 17
Richards, James Prioleau: 1954-1957
Box 17
Richardson, Eudora Ramsay: 1963-1966
Box 17
Richmond Public Forum: 1965
Box 17
Riverside Church: 1956-1971
Box 17
Robert, Joseph Clark: 1937-1956
Box 17
Robert, Joseph Clark: 1957-1963
Box 17
Robert, Joseph Clark: 1964-1972
Box 17
Robertson Family (Family of Katherine Gary Robertson, half-sister of Robert W. Hudgens, and her husband, Alexander H. Robertson): 1950-1965
Box 17
Rockefeller, John Davison: 1960
Box 18
Rockefeller, Nelson Aldrich: 1948-1962
Box 18
Rockefeller Center Luncheon Club: 1947-1963
Box 18
Rogers, Gifford Eugene: 1963-1964
Box 18
Rohrbaugh, Lewis Henry: 1949-1973
Box 18
Rooster Press (Drafts and copies of Rooster Press publications, and miscellaneous papers): 1964-1966
Box 18
Rooster Press: 1967-1973
Box 18
Rooster Press Handouts: undated
Box 18
Rosenthal Family (Family of Morris Rosenthal): 1954-1961
Box 18
Ross, Emory: 1956-1963
Box 18
Roth, Irving: 1968
Box 18
Rural Development Associates: 1964
Box 18
Rural Housing Alliance: 1970-1973
Box 18
Rushton, Marion: 1949-1959
Box 18
Russell, John MacFarlane: 1954-1964
Box 18
Russell, Richard Brevard: 1955
Box 18
Ryerson, Knowles Augustus: 1958
Box 18
Santiago College: 1958-1960
Box 18
Sarah Lawrence College: 1952
Box 18
Scarlett, William: 1944-1957
Box 18
Senior, Clarence: 1961
Box 18
Shepherd, George William: Sept. [?]
Box 18
Shuff, Charles Henry: 1964
Box 18
Shultz, Sonia: 1963-1964
Box 18
Slade, Charles: 1947-1949
Box 18
Smith, Raymond Charles: 1952-1971
Box 18
Smith, Russell: 1951
Box 18
Snyder Family (Raub and Florence Snyder): 1963-1972
Box 18
Society for International Development: 1959-1962
Box 19
Society for International Development: 1963-1965
Box 19
Society for International Development: 1966-1972
Box 19
Southeast Public Health Foundation: 1965-May, 1966
Box 19
Southeast Public Health Foundation: 1966, June-Dec.
Box 19
Southeast Public Health Foundation: 1967-1969
Box 19
Southeast Public Health Foundation: 1970-1972
Box 19
Spetland, Olaf H.: 1963
Box 19
Stevenson, Adlai Ewing: 1958
Box 19
Stimson Family (Philip Moen and Elizabeth B. Stimson): 1956-1970
Box 19
Strand Family (Walter and Betty Strand): 1963-1970
Box 19
Stryker, Roy E.: 1960-1970
Box 19
Stubbs Family (Thomas M, and Bee Stubbs): 1970-1972
Box 19
Survey of International Development: 1966-1972
Box 20
Tamayo Pacheco, Francisco: 1957
Box 20
Taylor, Paul Schuster: 1944-1947
Box 20
Taylor, Paul Schuster: 1948-1955
Box 20
Taylor, Paul Schuster: 1957-1960
Box 20
Taylor, Paul Schuster: 1961-1967
Box 20
Taylor, Thomas H.: 1961
Box 20
Terrell Family (Edgar Allen Terrell, Sr., and Edgar Allen Terrell, Jr.): 1947-1967
Box 20
Thomas, Norman Mattoon: 1962-1963
Box 20
Thornburg, David R.: 1964-1965
Box 20
Thornton Family (Family of Robert B. and Jayne B. Thornton): 1948-1968
Box 20
Thorp, Josephine Rice: undated
Box 20
Thurmond, Strom: 1967
Box 20
Time Magazine:1960
Box 20
Towle Family (Warren Wilder and Gene Towle):1968
Box 20
Townes, Charles Hard: 1958-1966
Box 20
Townsend, Carrie F. (Hudgens) (Sister of Robert W. Hudgens): 1950-1968
Box 20
Tugwell, Rexford Guy: 1962
Box 20
Tunnell, Spencer: 1949-1963
Box 20
United Church of Christ of Chapel Hill: 1960-1966
Box 21
United Church of Christ of Chapel Hill: 1967-1968
Box 21
United Church of Christ of Chapel Hill: 1969
Box 21
United Church of Christ of Chapel Hill: 1970
Box 21
United Church of Christ of Chapel Hill: 1971-1972
Box 21
United Lutheran Church in America: 1961
Box 21
United Nations: 1962-1972
Box 21
United Nations Association of the United States of America: 1959-1968
Box 21
U.S. Farmers Home Administration: 1938-1962
Box 22
U.S. Farmers Home Administration: 1963-1972
Box 22
U.S. Farmers Home Administration: Newsletters: 1957-1971
Box 22
U.S. Farmers Home Administration: Newsletters:1972
Box 22
University Club: 1948-1963
Box 22
University of California, Berkeley: 1955-1960
Box 22
Vaugh, Jack Hood: 1964-1966
Box 23
Vinson, Fred: 1961
Box 23
Vogel, Emma E.: 1948
Box 23
Vogt, William: 1952-1967
Box 23
Voorhis, Horace Jerry: 1947
Box 23
Vorse, Mary Heaton: 1954-1960
Box 23
Vrooman, Carl Schurz: 1958
Box 23
Walker, John A.: 1947-1948
Box 23
Wallace, Henry Agard: 1952-1968
Box 23
Watts Family (Family of J. Washington Watts, a relative of Robert W. Hudgens): 1949-1972
Box 23
Webb, James Edwin: Sunday
Box 23
Webb, Robert William: 1961-1962
Box 23
Westbrook Family (Family of Constance Furman Westbrook, sister of Eleanor Furman Hudgens, and her husband, Joseph J. Westbrook): 1947-1970
Box 23
Wharburton, Clyde Williams: 1948
Box 23
Wharton, Clifton Reginald: 1963-1972
Box 23
Will Family (Ralph Reeves and Gladys Will): 1956-1969
Box 23
Williams, James Thomas: 1935-1969
Box 23
Willis, Henry Stuart Kendall: 1972
Box 23
Wilson, Horace: 1949-1963
Box 23
Wilson Family (John E. and Phyllis Stryker Wilson): 1964-1972
Box 23
Wiltbank, Milford J.: 1963-1964
Box 23
Woofter, Thomas Jackson: 1952-1956
Box 23
Workman, William Douglas: 1964-1969
Box 23
World Health Organization: 1965
Box 23
World Neighbors: 1964- 1972
Box 23
Yoe, Harry Warner: 1954
Box 23
Realia, undated
Box 24
Poor Rooster's Scrapbook 1954
Box 25

Historical Note

Robert Watts "Pete" Hudgens (1896-1973), an investment banker, government official, corporation executive and amateur printer, was born in Laurens County, South Carolina. He graduated from the Citadel in 1915. He served to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army in World War I, was severely wounded in 1918, and spent three years in hospitals before being discharged in 1921. He then became an investment banker, a partner in the firm of Alester G. Furman, his father-in-law, in Greenville, S.C. During his years with the firm (1921-1934) he was also an official of the Greenville Chapter of the American Red Cross and the South Carolina Red Cross, and in these capacities he became involved with the relief of farmers who were suffering economic hardship in the state. To help them he developed a program known as supervised credit, which combined credit with technical assistance. Supervised credit was first used, successfully, in Abbeville County, S.C. (1932-1933), with the assistance of a grant from the American Red Cross, and eventually became the basis of programs used by the Resettlement Administration and the Farm Security Administration. Hudgens' success in rural development led to his 14 years of service in government organizations: the Subsistence Homestead program (1934-1935); the Resettlement Administration, as Louisiana State Director (1935-1936) and as regional director for the Southeast (1936-1937); and the Farm Security Administration, as regional director for the Southeast, and as assistant and then associate, director of the administration (1937-1946).

Hudgens left government service in 1946 and worked a year as director of field organizations for the American Red Cross (1946-1947). He then became executive director of Nelson Rockefeller's American International Association for Economic and Social Development (1948-1953), where he was able to work with rural development programs in other countries, especially in Latin America.

These same concepts were carried over to International Development Services, Inc., which Hudgens formed in 1953. He served as its president until his retirement to Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1963.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Papers of Robert Watts Hudgens, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Papers of Robert Watts Hudgens were acquired by Duke University in 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by: Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Staff

Completed ca. 1978

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller

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