Interior of the Sandor Teszler Library

The Walter E. Hudgins Papers

Hudgins, Walter E. 1929-1986

Papers, 1954-1986
MSS Hudgins
4 cubic feet, in 4 boxes

Biographical note: Walter Edward Hudgins was a professor of philosophy at Wofford College from 1972 to 1986.  A native of Danville, Virginia, he earned undergraduate (1951), seminary (1954), and doctoral (1957) degrees at Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He was an ordained minister in the Methodist Church and served a local church in North Carolina in the 1950s.  He was assistant professor of religion and philosophy at High Point College from 1958-64, associate professor of religion at Greensboro College from 1964-72, and professor of philosophy at Wofford after that.  A provocative thinker, Dr. Hudgins wrote a number of plays, was a sought-after speaker, and much-loved professor on the campus when he died on May 30, 1986.

Organization note: Arranged into 2 series: Personal Papers; and Plays. 

Access note: Unrestricted

Summary note: The personal papers series includes biographical materials, materials relating to events Dr. Hudgins participated in at High Point, Greensboro, and Wofford colleges, some lectures, addresses, and correspondence.  The records contain a collection of sermons he delivered in North Carolina and some speeches he gave while a member of the Wofford faculty.  The plays series includes scripts and scores for some sixteen plays written by Dr. Hudgins, as well as clippings, working drafts, and occasionally, programs from some of these plays. 

Citation: Cite as: Papers of Walter E. Hudgins, Archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College

Location: Archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC 29303

Administrative notes: Donated by Mrs. Linda Hudgins and accessioned July 2013.  Processed July 2013 by Phillip Stone.

Finding Aid: Folder Listing

Box 1 


Hudgins–Personal-Eulogies and Memoirs

Hudgins-Personal-High Point Events

Hudgins-Personal-Greensboro Events

Hudgins-Personal-Wofford Events

Hudgins-Personal-Benjamin Wofford

Hudgins-Personal-Clipping File



Hudgins-Correspondence-High Point College

Hudgins-Correspondence-Greensboro College

Hudgins-Correspondence-Phillippe Sande

Hudgins-Correspondence-Wofford College





Hudgins-Speeches-High Point College


Hudgins-Speeches-1986 faculty retreat

Hudgins-Speeches-Wofford Scholars Day

Hudgins-Speeches-On Being an Intellectual



Hudgins-Teaching-Interim 1985

Hudgins-Writing-College Papers, 1954

Hudgins-Writing-Greensboro Religious Emphasis Week, 1966


Hudgins-Writing-Wofford-related items

Hudgins-Writing-“Church on Trial”

Hudgins-Sermons (8 folders)



Business Records-Miss Henry-Cancelled Checks

Business Records-Pumpernickel Ice Cream-cancelled checks and ledger (4 folders)

Box 2 – Plays 

American Folk Song Mass

Dear Joe-Script (2 folders)

Don’t Step on the Amaranths-Script

Graham Crackers-Folio-Script

How Miss Henry Got to be That Way-Script (2 folders)

How Miss Henry Got to be That Way-Clippings

The Jeremiad-correspondence

The Jeremiad-script

The Jeremiad-score

The Jeremiad-script and score

The Jeremiad-working materials

The Jeremiad-Interim 1982

Mister Jonah-Script

Mister Jonah-Libretto

The Nightcap Couldn’t Hold It – script

The Prophecy of Amos-High Point, 1961-62

The Prophecy of Amos-scripts

The Prophecy of Amos-score

The Prophecy of Amos-programs

The Prophecy of Amos-art

Box 3 

The Prophecy of Amos-Score

Psalm 42 1/2-script

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-Albums

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-Art

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-Clippings

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-Script

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-Script and Score

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-early draft

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-Governor’s School, 1977

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-1982

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-Score

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-Correspondence

Pumpernickel Ice Cream-Photos

Reflections in a Glass Lightly-Script

Salmagundi-Interim 1974


Simon Grummy-Script, 1979

The Skin Game-Clippings

The Skin Game-Programs

Ten Minute Egg-Script

Wisps of Straw, a Bolt of Lightning-working script

Box 4 


Miss Henry-album