Helen Dingman Papers,1917-1945

Descriptive Summary

Helen Dingman Papers,1917-1945
Dingman, Helen, 1885-1978
.4 lin. ft.
Women -- Social workers
Harlan County, Kentucky -- Social settlements
Social settlements -- Community Life School
Education -- Social work
Women -- Personal narratives
Organizations, missionary -- Women's Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church
Smith, Kentucky -- Community Life School
Organizations, women's -- Women's Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church
Mountain Life and Work (periodical)
Schools -- Community Life School
Harlan County, Kentucky -- Education
Social workers -- Personal narratives
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:M. Plarr
Berea College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Dingman, a native of New York, headed the Community Life School at Smith in Harlan County, Kentucky from 1917 to 1922. In 1922, she returned to New York to serve for two years as Assistant Superintendent of Fieldwork for the Women's Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church. She joined the staff of Berea College in 1924 and served as Supervisor of Social Training until 1952. At Berea, she helped to found the Opportunity School in 1925 and was important in the development of social work as a profession in the state. In 1925, she became editor of MOUNTAIN LIFE AND WORK and served as Executive Secretary of the Council from 1929 to 1942.
Scope and Content
These are diaries, correspondence, reports, and notes of Helen Hastie Dingman, a social worker, Berea College teacher, and staff member of the Council of the Southern Mountains.
Unpublished guide.