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Guide to the Pine Mountain Settlement School Records, Series IV
 

Accession Number: 42
Pine Mountain Settlement School Records, 1911-1983
Selected Photographs, 1864-1984
Online Catalog Record (BANC)


Overview
History
Part A - Selected Records
        Series I - Board Minutes and Reports, 1913-1983
        Series II - Director's Office Files, 1911-1949
            Subseries A - Correspondence, 1916-1949
            Subseries B - Subject Files, 1911-1949
        Series III - Student Records, c. 1919-1949
        Series IV - Library Files, 1911-1983
Part B - Selected Photographs

Series IV Library Files, 1911-1983 Microfilm Reels 1-4

The PMSS library houses a particularly rich collection of documents, papers, letters and printed material (approximately 4 cubic feet). A significant portion of this is in the form of publications and includes the following:
  1. "Notes from the PMSS," 1919-53, 1974-82 (anecdotes about school life);
  2. Student publications (i.e., issues of "Pine Cone," "Conifer," "Ears," and "Enterprise";
  3. Two scrapbooks,1919-72 (documents relating to fundraising activities, May Day celebrations, Commencements, Chapel services, and community fairs, as well as school catalogs, rule books and similar publications);
  4. Pamphlets on the Co-op (1938-39);
  5. Pamphlets on the Guidance Institutes (late 30s-early 40s);
  6. Pine Mountain Environmental Education Center documents (1970-present);
  7. Magazine and news clippings (1919-present) of PMSS activities (i.e., fund-raising, tours by student performers, activities of the founders, programs at PMSS, and anecdotes about life at PMSS).

This series also contains personal letters by Katherine Pettit, Ethel DeLong Zande, Margerite Butler, Evelyn Wells, Katherine Rittenhouse (all staff members); members of the Creech family; and a great number of other former workers and students. This correspondence covers the period 1911-40 and provides a wealth of anecdotal history of the founding and early history of the PMSS. More information can be gathered from official records, comprehensive reports and summaries which describe activities at the school between 1913-41 and a collection of annual and interim reports to the Board of Trustees (1913-73).

Documentation of the academic program includes a music project developed by Golda Pensol around 1950, a ceramics program active in 1965-66, the accounts of activities of two environmental studies groups, one from Berea College and one from the Morton (Illinois) Arboretum, and a collection of stories and poems by third and fourth graders in 1969. There are also documents related to industrial courses taught in 1936-37 and a proposal for a project for emotionally disturbed children. Material related to student activities include documents of Christmas programs, dramas and music (1920s to 1940s); other student pageants and plays performed in various years, 1919-69; a mimeographed collection of ballads sung in school activities; and a student survey of religious attitudes.

Reel 1

  1. Alumni and Friends Association, 1974-1981
  2. Articles of Incorporation, 1913
  3. Buildings (Mary Rockwell Hook, 1916-1940)
  4. Bulletins to Board, 1941
  5. Centennial of Uncle William, 1945
  6. Chang Survey, 1951
  7. Children's Writings, 1969
  8. Citizenship Committee, 1930s-1940s
  9. Commencement Programs, 1948; 1966-1971
  10. Cooperatives, 1941
  11. Creech Family, 1913, 1972-1973
  12. Dramatics, Pine Mountain Pageants and Plays, 1919; 1930; 1969; n.d.
  13. Pine Mountain Ears, 1953
  14. Junior Enterprise, n.d.
  15. Earth Day, ca 1970s
  16. Educational, 1936, 1941
  17. Emotionally Disturbed Children Project, 1975
  18. Environmental Education, Events and Programs, 1972-1983
  19. Extension Center, 1930
  20. Folksong and Ballads
  21. Fortieth Anniversary, 1953
  22. Giffin, R., People of the Pine Mountain School District, 1950
  23. Guest Record, 1943-1957
  24. Guidance Institutes, 1935-1939
Reel 2
  1. Guidance Institutes, 1940-1942
  2. Historical Letters: Margerite Butler, 1914-1922; 1969-1970
  3. Historical Letters: Children, 1914-1925
  4. Historical Letters: Founding of the School, 1911-1913
  5. Historical Letters: Shepherd Travelogue, 1938
  6. Historical Letters: Hanby Letter, 1973
  7. Historical Letters: Letters, Notes, Miscellaneous, 1913-1970
  8. Historical Letters: Catherine Rittenhouse, 1914
  9. Historical Letters: Evelyn Wells, 1915-1927
  10. Historical Writings: Mabel Mullin's Memories of Miss Gains, 1980
  11. Historical Writings: Paper by Blanche Rannels, 1924 PMSS; A Record, 1913-1941
  12. Historical Writings: Writings, Lyttle , Lewis, n.d. McKaye, Percy and Marion: Articles, 1946 Magazine and News Clippings 1916-[1968]
Reel 3
  1. Magazine and News Clippings, 1936-1980
  2. Morris, Glyn: Articles, Speeches, Bibliography, 1939-1942
  3. Morton Arboretum Visit, 1974
  4. Music Project, Golda Pensol, n.d.
  5. Notes from the Pine Mountain Settlement School, 1913-1953; 1974-1982
  6. Pettit, Katherine: Letters and Notes, 1911-1936
  7. Recognitions and Articles, 1936, n.d.
  8. Pine Cone, 1930-1949; 1955-1964; 1969
  9. Pottery: Philosophy and Planning, 1965-1966
  10. Pottery: Salt Glazing, Letters and Firing Records, 1965-1966
  11. Preschool, 1963-1966; 1971
  12. Publicity Letters, 1913
Reel 4
  1. Publicity Letters, 1914-1949; 1963-1975
  2. Religion: A Student Survey, late 1940s
  3. Reports to Board of Trustees, 1913-1973
  4. Reunion, 1963
  5. Alumni List, ca 1974
  6. Road, 1922
  7. Scrapbook, 1913-1939; 1940-1972
  8. Silver Jubilee, 1938
  9. Student Evaluation of Environmental Weekend, 1981
  10. Zande, Ethel de Long: Articles, 1913, n.d.
Series IV Appendix Microfilm Reel 4

Reel 4 (cont.)
  1. Christmas. Documentation (on) Activities, Programs
  2. Music, 1920s-1940s
  3. Mummer's Play, 1948
  4. Dance Music, ca 1930s-1940s
  5. Pine Cone, 1930
  6. Conifer, 1941-1949
  7. A Pine Mountain Study in Civics, 1937
  8. Consumer's Cooperative Store, 1939
  9. Finding of the Pine Mountain Guidance Institute, 1939
  10. Pine Mountain Bulletin, ca 1939
  11. Experiences in Consumer Cooperation, 1940-1941
  12. We Came to Pine Mountain, 1941-1942
  13. "A Year of Song," Pine Mountain Calendar, 1952
  14. The Green Book: Teaching Ecological Concepts Outdoors, 1974
  15. Health Survey of Harlan County, Kentucky, published by the international Save the Children Fund of America, 1932

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