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Carr and Ruth Hooper Papers

Identifier: MSS 04-09

Content Description

Manuscripts and memorabilia of Mr. Carr Hooper (May 4, 1903 – December 6, 1981), educator in western North Carolina and the Philippines, and of Mrs. Ruth Williams Hooper (September 26, 1902 – December 16, 1984).

A notable item in the collections is a copy of Rudyard Kipling's Verse which contains writings in the margins by Mr. Hooper while imprisoned at Santo Tomas. Also included are typescript accounts by Carr Hooper, "Aboard Ship on Way to States," and by Ruth Williams Hooper, "This is a True Story of Some Memories," concerning their lives when imprisoned by the Japanese during World War II in the Santo Tomas internment camp in Manila, the Philippines, from January 1942 until February 1945; an album containing memorabilia of the Hoopers' years in the Santo Tomas internment camp; albums of newspaper and magazine items of interest to Mr. Hooper; and books about the fall of the Philippines in 1941 – 1942 and the Santo Tomas internment camp.


  • 1942-1972


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Biographical / Historical

Carr Hooper was born in the Cowarts community of Jackson County, North Carolina, and was the son of Vance Hooper and Ellen Wood Hooper. In August 1931 he received a degree from Western Carolina Teachers College in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Hooper met Ruth Williams of Fayetteville, Tennessee, while studying at the George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, and the couple married on August 20, 1931. In 1932 Carr Hooper accepted a position with the department of education in the Philippines where he taught English. Later the Hoopers relocated to Manila where Carr Hooper worked as a cashier in charge of payrolls with the Singer Sewing Machine company and Ruth Hooper was employed by the Benquet – Balatoc Gold Mining Company.

After the beginning of war between the United States and Japan on December 7, 1941, the Philippine Islands were occupied by Japanese forces. In January 1942 the Hoopers were sent to the Santo Tomas internment camp in Manila. They remained there until February 1945. After liberation the Hoopers returned to the United States. Carr Hooper returned to teaching in western North Carolina. In 1956 he accepted the position as principal at the Sylva High School and later, in 1960, at Sylva-Webster High School. In 1969 he retired from the profession. In 1972 the football stadium at Sylva-Webster High School, now Smoky Mountain High School, in Sylva, North Carolina, was named in his honor.


2.5 Linear Feet

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Related Materials

Images and documents from this collection are viewable online at Hunter Library Digital Collections.

UA 101: 1922 Photograph of Carr Hooper

Condition Description

Fragile to fair
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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States