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Susan Davis Nye Hutchison papers

 Collection — Box: SFC1 [F09.090.02.01], Folder: 74
Identifier: MS0074

Scope and Contents

Journal, volume 1, is an abridged transcription of a diary of a native of Amenia, N.Y., who moved to Raleigh in 1815 to teach school. Also includes a biographical sketch by Robert S. Hutchison, her grandson, and clippings relating to him. Includes 55-page typescript of portions of the "Journal of Susan D. Nye," which is comprised of a biographical sketch and two journals. The first journal (1815; pages 8-25) describes her journey by sea and stage to Raleigh, N.C., via New York and Wilmington, N.C.; social events during her first weeks in charge of the Female Department of Raleigh Academy; and encounters with enslaved persons and the poor. The second journal (1826-41; pages 26-55) describes her teaching in Augusta, Ga., Raleigh, Salisbury, and Charlotte, and Amenia; fears of an insurrection by enslaved persons; death of her husband, Adam Hutchison; journeys to Amenia, to Salisbury, and to Charlotte; church services; Davidson College; her visits to the poor and prisoners; her children and their education; and celebrations in Charlotte on the anniversary (May 20) of the alleged Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Also includes two newspaper clippings (1973, 1975) about Robert S. Hutchison, descendant of Susan and the transcriber of these journals.


  • 1815 - 1975
  • 1826 - 1841


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Susan Davis Nye Hutchison was born in Amenia, N.Y., on August 13, 1790. In 1815, she moved to Raleigh, N.C., to teach and direct the Female Department of the Raleigh Academy. Hutchison moved to Augusta, Ga., in 1823, where she also taught in a female school. There she met her husband, Adam Hutchison (1781 1834), a native of Ayr, Scotland, whom she married in 1825. They had four sons. She returned to Amenia in 1833, where she taught in the District School. Following her husband's death, Hutchison returned to Raleigh in 1835, where she remained for a year until moving on to Salisbury, N.C. to open a female academy. In 1839, she was invited to open a school in Charlotte, which was located at the present day intersection of Tryon and First streets. Hutchison eventually returned to New York, where she died on March 29, 1867.


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Language of Materials



Abridged transcription of a diary of a native of Amenia, N.Y., who moved to Raleigh in 1815 to teach school. Describes her journey to Raleigh by sea and stagecoach, social events in Raleigh, and subsequent travels and teaching (1822-41) in Augusta, Ga., Amenia, Salisbury, N.C., and Charlotte. Also includes a biographical sketch by Robert S. Hutchison, her grandson, and clippings relating to him.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from Mecklenburg Historical Association Records, 1989 (copy of typescript of portions of original diary in possession of Betty Hutchison).

Related Materials

Susan Davis Nye Hutchison Papers, North Carolina State Archives. Susan Davis (Nye) Hutchison Diary, UNC-Chapel Hill, SHC #3635.

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Processed by Randy Penninger, 1990.

Susan Davis Nye Hutchison papers
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Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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