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James C. Hatch papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 2127

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily comprises writings that James C. Hatch posted to his personal online writing platform (Substack) in 2021. These writings include reflections on being a non-traditional Yale student, poetry, and insights on military service and life as a veteran. Also included are copies of notices for Hatch's military awards, certification of release from active military duty, and a certificate of completion from the Royal Dutch Police Dog Association (Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging)'s training program for Spike, Hatch's first military dog.

Dates for the born-digital materials in the collection were determined by the publication/post date on the Substack platform.

Dates

  • 2005-2021

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Computer files are closed until processed. Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by James C. Hatch for materials he has authored or otherwise produced. After the lifetime of James C. Hatch or until January 1, 2075, whichever comes first, copyright passes to Yale University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James C. Hatch, 2022.

Arrangement

The material in the collection is arranged chronologically.

Extent

.02 Linear Feet (1 box and 5,686,685 bytes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.2127

Overview

The collection primarily comprises writings that James C. Hatch posted to his personal online writing platform (Substack) in 2021. These writings include reflections on being a non-traditional Yale student, poetry, and insights on military service and life as a veteran. Also included are copies of notices for Hatch's military awards, certification of release from active military duty, and a certificate of completion from the Royal Dutch Police Dog Association (Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging)'s training program for Spike, Hatch's first military dog.

Biographical / Historical

James "Jimmy" Hatch was born on May 30, 1967. In 1985, he enlisted in the miltary and spent nearly 26 years in the United States Navy. He underwent U.S. Naval Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) training twice, succeeding in his second attempt, and proceeded to serve the next 22 years as a member of the Naval Special Warfare Command. Over the course of his miltary career, Hatch was deployed in several missions to Iraq, Bosnia, Africa, and Afghanistan, and was a master parachutist and military dog trainer and handler. In 2009, Hatch was critically wounded in combat when a bullet shattered his femur, effectively ending his military career. He was discharged from active duty in 2011.

Hatch found it difficult adjusting to civilian life, struggling with alcoholism, depression, and mental illness. He sought help for his PTSD and began the process of healing. He founded Spike's K9 Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military dogs with support and protection. Additionally, Hatch speaks publicly about his experiences in the military and with metal health, and has published a memoir titled Touching the Dragon: And Other Techniques for Surviving Life's Wars.

In 2019, Hatch was admitted to Yale College Class of 2023 under the Eli Whitney Students Program.

Processing Information

Manuscripts and Archives staff arranged and described these materials according to national and local standards. Some of the materials in this collection have been redacted to protect personal identifiable information in accordance with federal regulations and Yale University policies. This born digital materials were imaged or captured by Manuscripts and Archives staff in 2022 for preservation and access. Additional information about actions taken may be available at the repository.
Title
Guide to the James C. Hatch Papers
Author
compiled by Michelle Peralta
Date
July 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
The materials are in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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