Country Life Schools in Kentucky scrapbooks

Abstract

The Country Life Schools in Kentucky scrapbooks (dated 1912-1950, 0.69 cubic feet, 3 boxes) comprise three scrapbooks, focusing on the Hindman Settlement School and the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Country Life Schools in Kentucky scrapbooks
Date
1912-1950 (inclusive)
Creator
Bay, J. Christian (Jens Christan), 1871-1962
Extent
0.69 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Education -- Appalachian Region
Newsletters
Reports.
Rural schools.
Schools -- Kentucky.
Pamphlets.
Postcards -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically in three scrapbook volumes.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid created by Ida Lucille Sell Mangum
Preferred Citation
95m1: [identification of item], The Country Life Schools in Kentucky scrapbooks, 1912-1950, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Settlement schools are social reform institutions established in Appalachia in the early 20th century with the purpose of educating children in rural, moutnain communities. The schools began as boarding schools and grew to become community centers focused on traditional academic and teaching traditional folk practices.
Pine Mountain Settlement School, founded in 1913 in Harlan County, Kentucky, also developed popular programs encouraging community arts and literacy through packhorse librarians. Hindman Settlement School (formerly known as the Women's Christian Temperance Union Settlement School), established in 1902 in Knott County, Kentucky, is the first rural settlement school in America, and focuses on progressive education and traditional arts. The Piney Woods School, founded in 1909 in rural Rankin County, Mississippi focused on education of poor black children and developed a school for blind black students throughout the state. All three schools continue to serve their progressive missions today.
J. Christian Bay was a Danish American author, historian, and librarian who worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Library of Congress, University of Chicago Johns Crerar Library during the first half of the twentieth century.
Sources:
The Piney Woods School, https://pineywoods.org, accessed 2020 May 7 Hindman Settlement School, https://hindmansettlement.org/, accessed 2020 May 7 Pine Mountain Settlement, https://www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com/, 2020 May 7 Jens Christian Bay, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jens_Christian_Bay, 2020 May 7
Scope and Content
The Country Life Schools in Kentucky scrapbooks (dated 1912-1950, 0.69 cubic feet, 3 boxes) comprise three scrapbooks, focusing on the Hindman Settlement School and the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Kentucky. Additionally, the scrapbooks document the Piney Woods School in Rankin County, Mississippi. The scrapbooks, compiled by J. Christian Bay, contain reports and communications from their officials and teachers. Additionally, the scrapbooks include correspondence, booklets, fundraising materials, newsletters, pamphlets, postcards, photographs, and other ephemera.

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 Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Volume One, 1912-1915

  • Box 1
Scope and Contents

This volume consists primarily of letters written by the "Committee in Charge" (May Stone and Katherine Petit), Women's Christian Temperance Union Settlement School and by other teachers and the principal (Ann Cobb, Lucy Furman, and Ethel de Long) at what eventually became the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County. The letters, written as fundraising appeals and development reports, are rich in historical and sociological data. They also document the conception and construction of the Pine Mountain School in Harlan County. In addition to the correspondence, there are maps, booklets, and pamphlets about the Pine Mountain School. Also included is a 1914 calendar with photographic reproductions. Closing this volume is a small section of photographs and a letter devoted to the Piney Woods Country Life School, "for training colored boys and girls in Christianity, Character and Service", Braxton, Mississippi.

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Volume Two, 1916-1936

  • Box 2
Scope and Contents

This volume focuses on the Pine Mountain Settlement School and includes fundraising letters and pamphlets, a financial report, and issues of Notes from the Pine Mountain Settlement School covering from August 1934 to July 1936. The latter third of this volume contains materials on the Piney Woods School, now located at Piney Woods, Mississippi. Included are fundraising appeals and issues of the school newsletter, The Pine Torch.

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Volume Three, 1937-1950

  • Box 3
Scope and Contents

Pine Mountain Settlement School and Piney Woods School are featured in this volume which contains fundraising appeals and school newsletters. Also included is the 40th Anniversary Pictorial History of the Piney Woods, a booklet published by Pine Mountain Settlement School in commemoration of the 100th birthday of its founder, William Creech, and a 1940 Pine Mountain calendar featuring the pencil drawings of John A. Spelman III.

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