Accession Number: 41
Hindman Settlement School Records, 1899-1979
13 Microfilm Reels and 2998 Photographs
Part A - Selected Records
Series I -
Narrative Reports and Publications, 1899-1979
II - Operational and Vital Records, 1902-1975
III - Biographies and Works
IV - Ballads and Folk Songs
V - Appalachian Reference File, 1902-1975
Part B - Selected Photographs
Series I -
Activities - Animals
Series II -
Architecture - Campus Buildings and Grounds
Series III -
Ceremonies - Events
Series IV -
Folk Arts - Music
Series V -
People - Staff
Series VI -
Special Programs/Outreach - Transportation
||Selected Records 1899-1979
|| Microfilm Reels 1-13
Hindman Settlement School records were collected and organized
in 1982. Those having administrative, legal or historical value
were microfilmed at the Kentucky
Department for Libraries and Archives and the originals then returned to Hindman.
The resultant master microfilm negative is owned by Berea College. A use copy
is available in Hutchins Library's Department of Special Collections and Archives.
Because Berea College does not own the copyright for the material contained in
this microfilm edition, it is the responsibility of the researcher to secure
permission to publish from Hindman Settlement School or its successors and assigns.
Description of the Records
The Hindman Settlement School Records includes records of the
school dating from the earliest work of Katherine Pettit and May
Stone (summers of 1899-1901) to the last year of Raymond McLain's
tenure as Settlement School Director (1971). Some files contain
post -1971 material, but that material is fragmentary and rare.
In all, the years 1899-1971 are documented by correspondence, financial
records, board meeting minutes and treasurers' reports to the board;
newsletters, brochures, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and other
publications; and a file of ballads and folksongs. Even so, the
collection is not complete, as there are record gaps in the areas
of directors' files, student case files, and personnel records.
Documentation for the pre-incorporation years (prior to 1902) exist in the
form of detailed records or "diaries" that report the activities
and impressions of Katherine Pettit, May Stone, and others as they established
and ran Camp Industrial at Hindman (summer, 1900) and Sassafras (summer, 1901).
Also supporting the pre-incorporation record are various reports and papers
such as "Kentucky Mountain Folk" (February 1899) by Katherine Pettit
and typescripts of important pre-1900 historical events relating to Knott County.
Post-incorporation records include newsletters and brochures (1902-1979), which
report the activities and concerns of the staff and student body and give an
overview of the school's general administrative policies and operational procedures.
The financial records (audit reports, ledgers, and miscellaneous reports),
board meeting minutes, and treasurers' reports to the board complete and strengthen
the historical record for the years covering 1920-71. Although pre-1920 board
meeting minutes and financial ledgers kept by May Stone are included in the
collection, other documentation for the years 1902-1920 is minimal. A series
of fires at the settlement school between the years 1902-1914 most likely account
for the paucity of early records. The general correspondence file (1902-1971)
is routine and offers more information on the latter years, particularly the
early fifties through the mid-sixties period.
Other important non-operational records of the Hindman Settlement School Collection
are ballads, folksongs and material which documents staff and student activities
and creative ventures. Of particular importance is a collection of poetry written
by Ann Cobb, teacher and poet, who taught at Hindman for over forty-five years.
In addtion to this, the collection includes the work of other well-known writers
associated with the school, such as Josiah Combs, Lucy Furman, and James Still.
Also included are a few student and alumni writings ranging from basic classroom
assignments to more sophisticated work, such as Una Ritchie's one-act plays.
Furthermore, the collection contains newspaper clippings and other publications
giving biographical information on various staff members as well as data on
various families from Knott County. Lastly, documentation of the Hindman Settlement
School is supported by publications generated from outside the school, specifically
newspapers and clippings, magazines and journals, and pamphlets discussing
the school, as well as broader subjects important to Appalachian studies.
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