The Historical Records Survey, as a part of the Federal Writers' Project
of the Works Progress Administration, was begun in January 1956 under the
national directorship of Dr. Luther H. Evans, who served until March 1, 1940,
when he was succeeded by Kr. Sargent B. Child. Dr. T. D. Clark was appointed
supervisor of the Kentucky project, under the administrative direction of
Dr. U. R. Bell, State Director of the Federal Writers' Project. In July 1956
Dr. Clark returned to the University of Kentucky and was succeeded by Ir. O. B.
Wilder. Upon Mr. Wilder's resignation in December l9E6, Kr. Walter E. Hoefol
man was made State Director. Er. Hoefelman directed the project fron December
1956 until July 51, 1959, at which time he was succeeded by lr. Earl D. Hale.
Hr. Hale, under whom the major portion of the work of this inventory was pre-
pared, supervised the project until January 26, 1940, when the present director
assumed charge of the Kentucky Historical Records Survey.
In December 1956, the National Survey was separated from the Federal
I Writers' Project, being designated as Federal Project Number 1, and the Ken-
tucky Historical Records Survey became a State-wide unit. As of September 1,
1959, the Historical Records Survey changed its method of operations from one
Nation-wide, WPAsponsored Federal Project to a series of Statewide projects
sponsored by legally constituted public agencies. At the present time, the
Kentucky Historical Records Survey Project, sponsored by the State Librarian
and Archivist, Hrs. Emma Guy Cromwell, is under the administrative control
of the Professional and Service Division of the Work Projects Administration.
The Breckinridge County Inventory is divided into two parts. The first
part, A, deals with the general information on the history and government of
the county, the housing and care of the records, and abbreviations and ex-
planatory notes. Part B is devoted to the inventory proper.
The arrangement of agencies in Part B of the inventory classifies them
according to governmental function; administration; registration of property
titles; administration of justice; law enforcement; finance; elections;
education; health; and miscellaneous. The structural organization of the
agency, the powers and duties (or jurisdictions of courts), and the records
requirements are discussed in a section preceding the inventory of the rec-
ords of each agency. Records are classified, in general, according to the
agencies which make them, unless other deposition of the records is directed
by law, Under agencies, records have been classified, as far as possible,
according to the subjects with which they deal.
Records are described in entries whose style is formalized to give
the following information: title of record, dates for which available,
quantity, labeling of volumes or containers, variant titles, description
of record contents, manner of arrangement, indexing, nature of recording,
size of containers or volumes, and location.
The original survey of Breckinridge County was made early in 1957
by Miss Golda Gillian, under supervision of Ur. Jesse H. Raymer, Assistant