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Guide to the Pine Mountain Community Study Records, 1948-1965
 

Accession Number: 22
Pine Mountain Community Study Records, 1948-1965
Bulk Dates: 1950-1952
3.2 linear feet
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Overview and Series Description
History
Series I - Rough Draft Materials
Series II - Articles and Reports
Series III - Correspondence
Series IV - Questionnaires, Tabulations and Code Sheets
Series V - Pine Mountain Settlement School Material
Series VI - Miscellaneous Maps and Papers
Series VII - Follow-up Study

Access and Use

Preferred citation: Pine Mountain Community Study Records, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.

Overview

These are correspondence, survey questionnaires, data tabulations, a draft report, and published articles relating to a socio-economic study in 1950 of the Pine Mountain community in Harlan County, Kentucky by Dr. Roscoe Giffin, Berea College Sociology professor.

History

The study was proposed in 1949 by Berea College president Francis S. Hutchins, then a trustee of Pine Mountain Settlement School. The school's boarding high school had closed that year and its elementary programs had merged with the Harlan County school system. It was concluded that a socio-economic study of the area would be useful in identifying possible new areas of service for the school to pursue.

Giffin's study was never published in its entirety, though he did use data from the study to write several articles, three of which were published as a series in Mountain Life and Work in 1953. Giffin apparently based the design of his study upon one utilized by the University of Kentucky Department of Rural Sociology in a 1949 survey of farm families by U.K. professors Ward W. Bauder and James S. Brown.

Related Berea College Archives

Pine Mountain Settlement School Collection, SAA 10
Pine Mountain Settlement School Records, SAA 42
Francis Hutchins Papers, Berea College Archives RG 3.05

Important Correspondents

Bauder, Ward
Bishop, Birdena
Brown, James S.
Hutchins, Francis
Rogers, Burton

Series Description
8 manuscript boxes

Series I Rough Draft Materials Box 1

This series includes a rough draft with penciled corrections and final version of the survey text.

Series II   Articles and Reports Box 1, Cont. 

This series includes published articles and a faculty report based upon survey data. There are also several letters concerning the articles and a copy of a related 1951 report done by Giffin's Sociology Department associate, Fu Liang Chang.

Series III  Correspondence Box 1, Cont. 

This series includes survey-related correspondence, mainly from the period May - August, 1950.

Series IV   Questionnaires, Tabulations and Code Sheets Boxes 2-8

This series includes several survey-related tabulation and code sheets, and 140 questionnaires detailing family size; income; social and economic conditions, social activities and attitudes.

Series V   Pine Mountain Settlement School Material Box 8, Cont.

This series includes various pamphlets and other print material mostly pertaining to Pine Mountain Settlement School.

Series VI  Miscellaneous Papers and Maps Box 8, Cont.

This series includes materials on survey methodology in general, and hand-drawn maps of Pine Mountain area roads showing locations of households answering the questionnaires.

Series VII  Follow-up Study Box 8, Cont.

This series includes code reference sheets, correspondence, and resource materials relating to a proposed follow-up survey.

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