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MC 00112 Guide to the Josephine Scott Hudson Papers, 1897 - 1978

This collection is organized into six series; Cassius Rex Hudson Papers, Liberty Ship Cassius Hudson Papers, Scott Family Papers, Photographs, Newspaper Clippings, and Ephemera.
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This series contains research papers, correspondence, journals, photographs, postcards, and newspaper clippings belonging to North Carolina State Agricultural Extension agent, Cassius Rex Hudson.
[Box 1, Folder 1] ERA Dose Book and Reference Tables, 1897
[Box 1, Folder 2] Record of Classes - List of Text Books, 1901 - 1906
[Box 1, Folder 3] Harvesting Machinery, 1904
[Box 1, Folder 4] Cotton Seed Germination - Thesis, 1905
Master's Thesis Written by C. R. Hudson
[Box 1, Folder 5] Correspondence Received by C. R. Hudson, 1906 - 1924
[Box 1, Folder 6] Home and Farm Monthly, 1906
[Box 1, Folder 7] Postcard and Calling Cards, 1909
[Box 1, Folder 8] North Carolina Department of Agriculture - Seed Test Bulletin, 1913
[Box 1, Folder 9] The Country Gentleman, 1918
Publication with a brief biography and photo of C. R. Hudson.
[Box 1, Folder 10] Cooperative Extension Papers - Cotton Culture and Farm Plans, 1918 - 1924
[Box 1, Folder 11] Cooperative Extension Pamphlets - "The Cotton Boll Weevil,", 1920 - 1924
[Box 1, Folder 12] Negro Farmers Cooperative Extension, 1921 - 1922
[Box 1, Folder 13] Schedule of Events - Tuskeegee Negro Conference, 1923
[Box 1, Folder 14] North Carolina State Fair Premium List, 1925
[Box 1, Folder 15] North Carolina Extension News, 1977
C. R. Hudson Article
[Box 1, Folder 16] Receipts, Notes, and Prescriptions, undated
[Box 1, Folder 17] Insect and Crop Statistics - Alabama, undated
[Box 1, Folder 18] Seaman Knapp Pamphlets, undated
[Box 1, Folder 19] Farmer's Alliance - Farm Union Literature, undated
[Box 1, Folder 20] C. R. Hudson - Songwriter, undated
[Box 1, Folder 21] Recipe and Formula Notebooks, undated
[Box 1, Folder 22] Biography, Obituary, and Bronze Tablet Text, undated
Correspondence and newspaper clippings documenting the dedication ceremony for the Liberty Ship Cassius Hudson, launched in 1944. Liberty Ships were cargo ships that were easily and quickly constructed. Almost three thousand of the vessels were built during World War II. The standard Liberty Ship was 442 feet long, and could carry 10,000 tons. It is estimated that the ships transported nearly seventy-five percent of the cargo that went to support the American war effort.
[Box 1, Folder 23] Correspondence, 1944
[Box 1, Folder 24] Newspaper clippings, 1944
Series contains a biography, correspondence and press clippings related to the Scott family of North Carolina.
[Box 1, Folder 25] Scott Family History, 1958 - 1976
[Box 1, Folder 26] Governor Bob Scott - Inauguration Issue - Raleigh - News and Observer, 1969
[Box 1, Folder 27] Governor Bob Scott - Inauguration - General Newspaper Coverage, 1969
[Box 1, Folder 28] Governor Bob Scott - North Carolina Leader, 1973 - 1974
[Box 1, Folder 29] Governor Bob Scott - Book Debut, 1978
Series contains photographs of the dedication ceremony for the Liberty Ship Cassius Hudson, Scott family photographs, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension photos.
[Album 2] Photographs, 1938 - 1944
Series contains newspaper clippings collected by Josephine Scott Hudson over a period of five decades.
[Half Box 3, Folder 1] Newspaper Clippings, 1924 - 1972
Folder contains a button card and a prefabricated replacement shoe sole that belonged to C. R. Hudson.
[Half Box 3, Folder 2] Ephemera, undated


1.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

1 archival box, 1 archival half box, and 1 album


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Acquisitions Information

Material donated by Frances Griffin, 1978 (Accession no. 1978-0014) and 1986 (Accession no. 1986-0006) and by Francis McVay, 1976 (Accession no. 1976-0017).


Processed by: Michael Watts, Maurice Toler;machine-readable finding aid created by: Micheal Watts

Scope and Content Note

The Josephine Scott Hudson Papers include research papers, correspondence, photographs, information on the Cassius Hudson Liberty Ship, professional papers, publications, and news clippings relating to Cassius Rex Hudson's career with the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service. There is also material related to Josephine Hudson, her brother, W. Kerr Scott, who was governor of North Carolina from 1949 to 1953 and United States Senator from 1954 to 1958, and her nephew, Robert W. Scott, governor of North Carolina from 1969 to 1973. Papers contained in this collection highlight the contributions made by her husband, Cassius Rex Hudson, and her father, Robert W. Scott, to North Carolina State University and to the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service.

Biographical Note

Josephine Scott Hudson was born on October 23, 1883 in Alamance County, North Carolina. Daughter of Robert W. Scott, and sister of United States Senator and governor of North Carolina W. Kerr Scott, Josephine Scott married North Carolina's first Cooperative Extension agent, Cassius Rex Hudson, in 1911. The couple had four children, C. R. Jr., Robert, Seaman, and Frances.

Josephine Scott Hudson's father, Robert Scott, was a state legislator and trustee for thirty-five years at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University). He was instrumental in securing state funding for some of the original structures used to house the Agricultural Extension Service on the North Carolina State University campus.

Both Josephine and her sister Margaret worked as agricultural extension home demonstration agents in Alamance County. Josephine met her husband while speaking on a farmer's institute train tour. The train tours were an early teaching device used by the Extension Service to reach farmers living in remote rural areas.

Josephine Scott married Cassius Rex Hudson in 1911. Hudson, a graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute, had been hired by Seaman Knapp in 1907 to serve as the Farmer's Cooperative Demonstration Work agent for the state of North Carolina. In the fall of 1904, Seaman Knapp had established the Farmer's Cooperative Demonstration Work, headquartered in Houston, Texas. Farmer's Cooperative Demonstration Work (later to become the Cooperative Extension Service) was organized to educate farmers, and to aid cotton growers in eradicating the boll weevil. The program evolved into a comprehensive educational and demonstration system that was implemented in cooperation with land grant universities and regional governments across the United States. The movement revolutionized American agriculture.

Cassius Rex Hudson traveled extensively throughout North Carolina, instructing farmers in modern agricultural techniques. By 1914, he was conducting farm demonstration work in thirty counties. He continued working in that capacity until 1922. In 1922, he was placed in charge of "Negro Demonstration Work" for the state of North Carolina and worked as the director of that program until his death in 1940. In 1944 the Liberty Ship Cassius Hudson was named in his honor.

Josephine Scott Hudson's brother, W. Kerr Scott, was Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of North Carolina, 1937-1948, and served a term as the state's governor, 1949-1953, He was then elected to the United States Senate and served from 1954 until he died in 1958. His son Robert Scott was elected governor in 1968 and served from 1969 to 1973.

Known affectionately as Miss Josie, Josephine Scott Hudson actively promoted the Scott family tradition, and was cited frequently in the regional press as a resource for information on North Carolina's rich agricultural history. She died in 1978, at the age of ninety-four.

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