Amistad staff are pleased to announce that the guide for the Lucile Hutton papers is now available online. Lucile Levy Hutton, a New Orleans native, was an active participant in New Orleans music circles. She was a longtime music teacher at Valena C. Jones Elementary School, a piano teacher, and a member of the B-Sharp Music Club and the Gentilly Dirt Dobblers among other musical affiliations.
Hutton began teaching in the New Orleans Public School System in 1916 and remained until her retirement in 1962. She taught at Valena C. Jones Elementary School for 12 years, and later served as consultant in vocal music for 23 years. She acted as commentator for the Booker T. Washington Series of Young People’s Concerts sponsored by the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra and as coordinator of the annual Music Festival of Negro Public Schools held in the Municipal Auditorium from 1948 to 1962. She also conducted a private piano studio at her home.
Hutton was also a long time member of Central Congregational United Church of Christ, serving as its historian from 1958 to 1983. She authored the church’s history covering 116 years in a publication entitled, “This is a Grand Work: A History of Central Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) New Orleans, Louisiana, 1871-1977.” She was a member of several professional, civic, and cultural organizations, among which were Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Dillard University Alumni Association, Friends of the Amistad Research Center, New Orleans Retired Teachers Association of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association, and the New Orleans Y.W.C.A.
This collection contains correspondence; oral history interviews with Hutton; biographies of her ancestry; commencement and class reunion programs (1936-1985) from Valena C. Jones School; programs of school musical events (1936-1962), a copy of her publication, “This Is A Grand Work: A History of Central Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) New Orleans, Louisiana, 1871-1977”; catalogs from Straight University (1902-1930); photographs (1852-1982) of her family and friends; and by-laws and constitution for Amistad Research Center, B-Sharp Music Club (1951, 1985) and the Gentilly Dirt Dobblers (1951-1959).
Access to Hutton’s full biography and guide is available here at the Center’s searchable archival database.
Posted by Amber L. Moore
(From the Lucile Hutton papers, Amistad Research Center. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)