Reverend John Jay Dickey papers

Abstract

The Reverend John Jay Dickey papers documents Dickey's career as a minister and educator in Eastern Kentucky. John Jay Dickey (1842-1934) helped found Jackson Academy, an elementary and high school, in Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky, in 1883 and the Sue Bennett Memorial School in London, Laurel County, Kentucky, in 1895. The collection includes diaries, teaching materials, and historical recollections about Breathitt County.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Reverend John Jay Dickey papers
Date
1883-1920
Creator
Dickey, John Jay, 1842-1934
Extent
0.45 Cubic feet
Subjects
Education--Appalachian Region
Education--Kentucky.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
1997ms510: [identification of item], Reverend John Jay Dickey papers, 1883-1920, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Jay Dickey (1842-1934), methodist minister and educator, was born in Fleming County, Kentucky. As an educator, Dickey wanted to establish schools in every county in Eastern Kentucky. In 1883, he helped found Jackson Academy, an elementary and high school, in Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky, and served as its principal until 1891. At that time he became the editor of the "Jackson Hustler" and provided a newspaper column for the academy. Additionally, in 1891 the academy was taken over by Central University of Richmond, Kentucky. In 1888 Dickey was elected president of the Breathitt County Teachers Association. Dickey stayed in Jackson until 1895 when he left to help establish the Sue Bennett Memorial School in London, Laurel County, Kentucky.
Scope and Content
The Reverend John Jay Dickey papers consists of diaries, teaching materials, a songbook, and a notebook, which document Dickey's career as a minister and educator in Eastern Kentucky. Dickey's diaries (November 5, 1887 - April 25, 1888, and 1894-1895) describe life in Appalachia at the end of the 19th century. The subjects handled in the journals include religion, education, politics, Jackson Academy, the Sue Bennett Memorial School, and the construction of the Breathitt County Court House in Jackson. In addition, the collection contains Dickey's manuscript "Historical Recollections of Breathitt County" and a notebook detailing Dickey's trip to Houston for a meeting of the board of the Women's Home Missionary society. The collection contains numerous items relating to Jackson Academy including a list of subscribers, a speech entitled "The New Era," teacher's registers, rolls of classes from 1883 to 1890, a song book and program, and the constitution and by-laws of the Jackson Academy Richard Menifee "Litterary Society".

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Diary, 1887-1888

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Diary, 1894-1895

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Jackson Academy subscription list, 1883

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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"The New Era," speech concerning the opening of Jackson Academy, 1883

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Jackson Academy Richard Menifee "Literary Society" constitution and by-laws, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Jackson Academy rolls of classes, 1883-1891

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Jackson Academy teaching registers, 1885-1886, 1889-1890

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Mission Board notebook, 1907

  • Box 1, Folder 11
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Blank teaching registers, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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Songbook and program, 1885

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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"Historical Recollections of Breathitt County", circa 1920

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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