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Katherine Pettit Papers



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Correspondence (1899-1935)

Diary Excerpts



Summer Program Reports

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Katherine Pettit Papers, 1899-1937 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Title: Katherine Pettit Papers, 1899-1937Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Pettit, Katherine.

Extent: 0.8 Linear Feet


The collection is arranged in five series:

Series 1: Correspondence (1899-1935) - This series consists of both business and personal correspondence.  Subjects include Hindman and Pine Mountain Settlement Schools, students recommended for admission to Berea College, and an account of a 1932 trip to South America.

Series 2: Diary Excerpts - This series consists twenty-two, undated, typewritten pages transcribed from a Pettit diary.                                           

Series 3I: Biography-Obituary - This series consists of correspondence and published tributes relating to Pettit’s death in 1936.            

Series 4: Miscellaneous - This series consists of correspondence, news clippings, a Pettit photograph, membership certificate, and an anonymous manuscript entitled A Mountain “Funeralizing” (the style of writing and attention to detail, especially in the description of speech patterns, suggests Josiah Combs as a likely author.)                                                  

Series 5: Summer Program Reports - This series consists of Pettit and May Stone’s accounts of their 1899-1901 work experiences in Knott and Perry counties that led to the establishment of the WCTU Settlement School. The Camp Industrial report includes a list of program participants and transcriptions of letters from them to Pettit and Stone.

Subjects: Education, Rural -- Kentucky., Education -- Kentucky -- Harlan County, Harlan County (Ky.) -- History., Hindman Settlement School., Knott County (Ky.) -- History., Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) -- Archival resources, Stone, May, Zande, Ethel de Long

Languages: English


Katherine Pettit was born in 1868 near Lexington, Kentucky, the child of Benjamin Pettit a prosperous farmer.  She went to schools in Lexington and Louisville and developed an interest in the social and educational problems of eastern Kentucky. Her work in summer educational programs (1899-1901), conducted in Knott and Perry counties by the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs, led to her developing a strong desire to make a permanent contribution to the area.  

With financing from the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), she and May Stone founded the WCTU Settlement School at Hindman in 1902. Its purpose was to “found, establish, carry on and maintain a school or schools for industrial, intellectual and moral training; to educate the youth of both sexes in habits of sobriety in the mountainous, destitute or needy portions of the State of Kentucky.” The school remained under the sponsorship of the Kentucky WCTU until 1915, when it was formally incorporated as a private, non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-denominational corporation and became known simply as the Hindman Settlement School.

In 1913 Pettit left Hindman for Harlan County where, with Ethel de Long, she established the Pine Mountain Settlement School and served as co-director until retirement in 1930.  For the next five years she employed herself in what she termed “free-lance work,” travelling throughout Harlan County urging men to leave welfare and return to farming.  She died in Lexington in 1936 at the age of sixty-eight.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are business and personal correspondence, narrative program reports, and diary transcriptions of Katherine Pettit, cofounder with May Stone, of the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky. This collection contains both paper records and sound recordings.

Subject/Index Terms

Education, Rural -- Kentucky.
Education -- Kentucky -- Harlan County
Harlan County (Ky.) -- History.
Hindman Settlement School.
Knott County (Ky.) -- History.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) -- Archival resources
Stone, May
Zande, Ethel de Long

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: No restrictions other than federal copyright regulations.  Please cite materials.

Related Materials:

Hindman Settlement School Collection

Hindman Settlement School Records

Pine Mountain Settlement School Records

Pine Mountain Settlement School Collection

A. Stucky Papers, 1903-1956

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], Katherine Pettit Papers, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was updated in February 2015.

Other Note: BCA 0012 SAA 011

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