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Ellen Churchill Semple photographs, 1886

Part of Ellen Churchill Semple photographs

pa46m139 Ellen Churchill Semple photographs, 1886-1914 PA46M139 Semple, Ellen Churchill photographs Finding aid prepared by Processed by Jacob Broderick in 2006 under the supervision of Jason Flahardy; machine-readable finding aid created by Jason Flahardy University of Kentucky Special Collections Special Collections Margaret I. King Building, North Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 (859) 257-8611 SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 2005 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-07-25T18:02-0400 Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard Ellen Churchill Semple photographs PA46M139 University of Kentucky Special Collections 0.25 Cubic feet 1 box: 16 photographs 1886-1914 The Ellen Churchill Semple photographs (1886-1914; 0.25 cubic feet; 16 items) consists of silver gelatin prints and cabinet cards. Conditions Governing Use note Images in the collection reside in the public domain. Photographs may be reproduced with permission from Audio-Visual Archives, University of Kentucky Libraries. Preferred Citation note PA46M139: [identification of item], Ellen Churchill Semple photographs, 1886-1914, University of Kentucky Archives. Biographical note Ellen Churchill Semple was born in Louisville, Kentucky 1863 January 8 to an affluent family that owned a hardware store. She graduated from Vassar College in 1882 at the age of nineteen with a degree in history. She was the youngest graduate that year and also held the honor of being the class valedictorian and giving the commencement address. She returned to Louisville and taught with her sister at a private school, but ultimately found direction on a trip to Europe with her mother in 1887 where she came across the work of Friedrich Ratzel, a renowned professor of geography. She returned to the United States and hurried to complete her masters in geography by writing her thesis, Slavery: A Study in Sociology. In 1891, she arrived in Germany to study at the University of Leipzig under Ratzel, and remained there for a year despite the many restrictions against women seeking higher education. She returned again in 1895, but never received an advanced degree in geography because women were not allowed to matriculate in German universities, though they were permitted to attend lectures with special permission. Upon returning to the United States she published an article in 1901 in the Geographical Journal that gained her much popularity, entitled, The Anglo-Saxons of the Kentucky Mountains, a study in Anthropogeography. She completed a year of field research, which was unheard of at the time, in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, and delved further into the intellectual marriage between anthropology and geography. 1903, she published her book American History and Its Geographic Conditions, which became required reading in geography classrooms across the country. In 1911, Semple took a trip to Asia and visited various countries, including Indonesia. She took many photographs and made copious notes of the experience and often used them in her later lectures and presentations. In 1904, she became one of the charter members of the Association of American Geographers and eventually rose to the presidency of that institution in 1921, only one year after women secured the right to vote. She was awarded the Cullum Geographical Medal by the American Geographical Society of New York in 1914, in recognition of her distinguished contributions to the science of anthropogeography. In 1931, the Geographic Society of Chicago awarded her the Helen Culver Medal for distinguished leadership and eminent achievement in geography. Over the course of her career she taught at many academic institutions, including the University of Chicago and Oxford University, but did not receive a permanent academic appointment until 1921, when she was offered a position at Clark University in Massachusetts. In 1923, the University of Kentucky created a special room to house her private library and named it the Ellen Churchill Semple Room and also conferred upon her an honorary doctorate degree in law. To this day, the University of Kentucky Geography Department still hosts an Ellen Churchill Semple Day, complete with lectures and discussions. Semple died on 1932 May 8 and is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. Scope and Contents note The Ellen Churchill Semple photographs (1886-1914; 0.25 cubic feet; 16 items) consists of silver gelatin prints and cabinet cards. Many of the photos are portraits, including two of Semple herself, one of Friedrich Ratzel, and one of famed economist Wilhelm Roscher. Also included is a collection of travel prints from Semple's trip to Java, Indonesia in 1911 and photographs relating to the Cullum Geographical Medal and the Helen Culver Medal. Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Related Archival Materials note 46M139, Ellen Churchill Semple papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Immediate Source of Acquisition note Gift, 1931 Semple, Ellen Churchill, 1863-1932 Appalachian Region. Human geography--United States--History. Human geography. Women in higher education Portraits Series I. 1886-1914 Ellen Churchill Semple, 1863-1932 1 1 1895 General note Cabinet photograph Scope and Contents note Semple, Ellen Churchill, 1863-1932. Ellen Churchill Semple, 1863-1932 1 2 1914 General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Semple, Ellen Churchill, 1863-1932. Ellen Churchill Semple, 1863-1932 and nine unidentified men and women. 1 3 undated General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Semple, Ellen Churchill, 1863-1932. Unidentified man, handwritten on verso Miss Ellen Churchill Semple [illegible] Leipzig, 1891-1892 1 4 1892 General note Cabinet photograph Wilhelm Georg Friedrich Roscher, 1817-1894, handwritten on verso Prof. Roscher 1 5 1891 General note Cabinet photograph Scope and Contents note Roscher, Wilhelm, 1817-1894. Friedrich Ratzel. 1844-1904 1 6 1886 General note Cabinet photograph Scope and Contents note Ratzel, Friedrich, 1844-1904. Java (Indonesia) Series II. 1911 Barley drying, beans growing in same field // among mulberry trees. Altitude 2000 feet. handwritten on verso 1 7 1911 General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Java (Indonesia) -- Photographs. Mulberry plantation near [illegible], 402m. handwritten on verso 1 8 1911 General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Java (Indonesia) -- Photographs. #87. [illegible] Temple // near [illegible] Java. handwritten on verso 1 9 1911 General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Java (Indonesia) -- Photographs. no. 88 A wayside stop in Java handwritten on verso 1 10 1911 General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Java (Indonesia) -- Photographs. no. 89. Temple of [illegible] // near [illegible]. // Java handwritten on verso 1 11 1911 General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Java (Indonesia) -- Photographs. no. 91. Rice Field Java handwritten on verso 1 12 1911 General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Java (Indonesia) -- Photographs. no. 90 Lake in [illegible] Gardens // with govs. residence in distance // [illegible] Java handwritten on verso 1 13 1911 General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Java (Indonesia) -- Photographs. no. 92. [illegible] Lake near // [illegible]. // Java handwritten on verso 1 14 1911 General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Java (Indonesia) -- Photographs. Artifacts Series III. undated Wall plaque listing the winners of the Cullum Geographical Medal from 1896 to 1914 1 15 undated General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note American Geographical Society of New York. Medal awarded to // Ellen Semple Churchill [sic] handwritten on verso. Helen Culver Medal, awarded by the Geographic Society of Chicago, to Ellen Churchill Semple in 1931 1 16 undated General note Gelatin silver print Scope and Contents note Geographic Society of Chicago. Ellen Churchill Semple photographs