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Fannie Hutchison transcript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 1999 Box 13 (99.0280-99.0299), Folder: 99.0290 - Folder 1
Identifier: 99.0290

Content Description

This collection relates to Fannie Hutchison, a Wainwright shipyard employee during World War II. This collection contains an oral history transcript of an interview with Hutchison. She tells her experience as an electric welder on the night shift from 1942-1945. Hutchison shares that she had six sons in service, including one step-son that was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese. She describes her typical workday, as well as an incident where a man was injured on the job. Hutchison also comments on the diversity of workers at the shipyard and recounts preaching the Bible to shipyard workers. She discusses the pay difference between welders and tackers.


  • June 24, 1992
  • Event: Majority of material found within 1942-1945


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical / Historical

Fannie Hutchison was born on October 5, 1908 in Hathaway Mill, Florida. She worked as an electric welder on the night shift from 1942 to 1945, in Wainwright shipyard during World War II, after two weeks of training. During this time, she began to preach the Bible to shipyard workers and continued as an evangelist after the war. Hutchison sponsored one ship, the SS Stephen Mallory. Her husband also worked at Wainright as a machinist. One of Hutchison’s step-sons was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese in World War II. Hutchison passed away on August 9, 1997 and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Panama City, Florida.


1 folders

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Conducted as part of research for Pelt's doctoral dissertation, "Wainwright Shipyard: The Impact of a World War II War Industry on Panama City, Florida."

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Fannie Hutchison transcript
Sara Canon
February 5, 2021
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Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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