Accession Number: 17
The I. W. Gabbard Collection, 1936-1955
.4 Linear Ft.
Series I - Background Information
Series II - Notebook/ Diaries
Access and Use:
Provenance: The I. W. Gabbard Collection of notebook/diaries
was obtained through the auspices of Alfred H. Perrin, president
of the Friends of the Berea College Library, from T. J. Wood,
former chairman of the Berea College Board of Trustees. The collection
was obtained in October, 1974, by Mr. Wood from Berta Gabbard,
sister of the author.
Copyright Restrictions: The only restriction Mr. Wood
placed on the donation of this collection was that during his
lifetime he be allowed to temporarily withdraw it from Special
Collections Department of Hutchins Library for personal genealogical
research whenever he desired to do so.
Preferred Citation: I.W. Gabbard Collection, Berea College Special
Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.
Notes To Researchers: These notebook/diaries are in
a dilapidated condition and thus need to be handled carefully.
- Please note that each page is interleaved with an acid-free
sheet. The bindings of the notebook/diaries have not
been removed; while using these
documents please try to make sure that the acid-free sheets remain
or are returned to their proper positions.
- The notebook/diaries are numbered arbitrarily.
- Most of the notebook/diaries have information written on
I.W. Gabbard was a farmer and justice of the peace in Owsley County,
Kentucky. The notebook/diaries he authored are unique in that they
record not only day-to-day events, but also genealogical information
and comments on the local and national political scene of the day.
The notebook/diaries span the period of approximately 1936 to 1955,
with several gaps in that period. They are rich in detail about
farming conditions, Mr. Gabbard’s genealogical descent, crop
sales, and weather. [Since the Owsley County Courthouse has burned
several times in this century, the records in this collection contain
information which may no longer be available anywhere else in the
1 Manuscript Box
This series contains one manuscript article researched and written
by A.H. Perrin, president of the Friends of the Berea College
Library, relating to the diarist, I.W. Gabbard. A few handwritten
notes by Perrin explain how the collection was acquried.
- Background information on collection n.d.
- Manuscript article by A. H. Perrin n.d.
||Box 1, cont.
Seven notebook/diaries comprise this series, all of which are
in the personal handwriting of I.W. Gabbard. Diaries refer to
a variety of subjects--Gabbard’s family genealogy, farming
conditions, politics, etc. Notes made by A.H. Perrin may be found
in Folders 4, 5, and 6, relating to the research and manuscript
mentioned in Series I.
Box 1, continued
- Notebook 1 - Genealogical n.d.
- Notebook 2 - Genealogical 1938
- Notebook 3 - Genealogical 1938
- Notebook 4 - Farm inventory 1936-1937
- Notebook 5 - Farming 1943
- Notebook 6 - Farming 1947-1948
- Notebook 7 - About our presidents ca. 1954-1956
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