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Guide to the Stuart Robinson School Collection, 1913-1957

Accession Number: 78
Stuart Robinson School Collection, 1913-1957
Records and photographs
0.1 linear ft.
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Series Description

Access and Use

Access: There are no restrictions placed on this collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Provenance: Sara Carter Patterson, a former teacher at the school, donated photos from the 1930s. Berea College Library staff members formed the collection with documents originally placed in the vertical files.

Preferred Citation: Stuart Robinson School Collection, 1913-1957, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.

Related Archives

  • Appalachian Vertical Files, Special Collections & Archives


Materials include pamphlets and publicity materials documenting the school’s work, as well as photographs taken by Sara Carter Patterson, who taught at Stuart Robinson in the 1930s.


These are miscellaneous publications and photographs documenting the work of Stuart Robinson School, a Presbyterian mission effort began in 1913 by the Rev. Dr. E.O. Guerrant, a medical doctor and evangelist who founded several schools and churches in eastern Kentucky. The school was located in Blackey, Letcher County, Kentucky and named for the Rev. Stuart Robinson, a former pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, who was particularly supportive of such eastern Kentucky mission work. Students at the school held various labor positions on campus in addition to their academic studies. Among the school’s more notable graduates are former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Juanita Kreps, and Gurney Norman, the University of Kentucky professor who wrote Divine Right’s Trip. The denomination sold the school in 1957, but its alumni association has since sponsored reunions and daycamps for local children.

Series Description
1 Manuscript Box

Box List

  1. Miscellaneous documents, including pamphlets describing the school's mission and offerings.
  2. Photographs of the buildings, students, and staff, most taken by Sara Carter Patterson.

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