Clara Louise Robertson Collection, 1920-1923

Descriptive Summary

Clara Louise Robertson Collection, 1920-1923
Robertson, Clara Louise, 1908-
1/2 box, 4 folders, 3 items.
Baptists - Louisville, 1920-1922
Camp Fire Girls, 1920
Chautauqua - Louisville, 1920-1922
Children - Diaries, 1920-1923
Churches and religious affairs - Louisville, 1920-1922
Clubs - Louisville, 1920-1922
Diaries, 1920-1923 - Children
Diaries, 1920-1923 - Robertson, Clara Louise
Funeral rites and customs - Louisville, 1922
Harding, Warren Gamaliel, Pres. U.S., 1865-1923 - Comments about, 1921
Kentucky River, 1921
Louisville, 1920-1923
Louisville - Baptists, 1920-1923
Louisville - Chautauqua, 1920-1922
Louisville - Churches and religious affairs, 1920-1922
Louisville - Clubs, 1920-1922
Louisville - Funeral rites and customs, 1922
Louisville - Schools, 1920-1923
Louisville - Swimming, 1920-1923
Ohio River, 1921
Pets, 1920-1922
Rivers - Kentucky River, 1921
Rivers - Ohio River, 1921
Robertson, Clara Louise, 1908- - Photos, 1921
Robertson, Clara Mae (Thomas), 1884-1957 - Relating to
Robertson, Eugene Beverly, 1866-1957 - Relating to
Robertson, James Thomas, 1906- - Relating to
Schools - Louisville, 1920-1923
Swimming - Louisville, 1920-1923
Travel & description - Indiana, 1920, 1923
Travel & description - Louisville, Ky. to Washington, D.C., 1921
Travel & description - Washington, D.C., 1921
Washington, D.C. - Travel & Description, 1921
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Western Kentucky University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Clara Louise Robertson was born on Valentine's Day 1908 to Eugene Beverly Robertson (1866-1957) and Clara Mae (Thomas) Robertson (1884-1974) of Louisville, Kentucky. Residing at 331 Birchwood Avenue, Clara Lou shared her home with her parents and one brother, James Thomas Robertson (b. 1906). After attending Emmet Field Elementary School and George Rogers Clark School, Robertson entered Louisville Girls High School in September 1922. In January 1924, she enrolled in the newly opened J. M. Atherton High School for Girls, from which she graduated in June 1926.
Robertson then attended John B. Stetson University (now Stetson University) in DeLand, Florida from 1926-1929 and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After a grand tour of Europe (62 days), she completed coursework at the University of Louisville in 1930 and graduated in the spring of 1931. On Labor Day 1931, she met William John "Bill" Keech (1904-1976), a recent graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After a long-distance courtship of three years by correspondence, they were engaged in June 1934 and married February 21, 1935. Leaving the pastorate in 1943, Bill Keech served the American Baptist Convention on the state and national levels and retired as Director of Missionary Education and Stewardship in 1967. During their marriage, Bill and Clara Lou lived in California, Utah, New York, and Pennsylvania before retiring to North Carolina. Their only child, William Robertson Keech (b. 1939) is a member of the political science faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Nine years after Bill Keech's death, Clara Lou in 1985 married a beau from her Florida college days, Charles Bernard Yancey. In 1992, they were residing in Durham, North Carolina.
Scope and Content
An avid reader of Annie Fellows Johnston's Little Colonel books, Clara Louise Robertson began her diary on May 6, 1920 in a Little Colonel Good Times Book given to her by her mother. Twelve-year-old Robertson chronicled her daily life, providing detailed depictions of school, church and club activities and amusements in Louisville, Kentucky between May 6, 1920 and January 2, 1923. She vividly described her 1921 family vacation to Washington, D.C., by automobile, and her impressions of President Warren G. Harding and his dog, Laddie Boy. The volume also includes a birthday record in which Robertson recorded birthdates of family and friends and a preface in which Annie Fellows Johnston encouraged young diarists.

Contents of the Collection

Descriptive inventory, news clippings, letter and photo.

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Diary kept in Little Colonel's Good TimesBook. May 6, 1920 - Jan. 2, 1923. 1 item (original).

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Diary kept in Little Colonel's Good TimesBook. . May 6, 1920-Jan. 2, 1923. 1 item (photocopy).

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Diary typescript prepared by Sue Lynn Stone McGuire, 1991-1992.May 6, 1920 - Jan. 2, 1923. 1 item.

  • Box 1, folder 4
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