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George Alexander Papers (Hindman Settlement School), 1916-1979

Collection Overview

Title: George Alexander Papers (Hindman Settlement School), 1916-1979

Creator: Alexander, George.

Extent: 4.0 Boxes (General)

Languages: English [eng]


In the summer of 1964, Englishman George Alexander, who had a background in English folk and dance songs and an interest in Anglo-American folklore and song, was invited by Raymond McLain to spend a year in the Kentucky mountains at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Knott County.  Staying at Hindman, Alexander would work as an extension specialist visiting a number of rural schools.  In 1965, Alexander took a leave of absence from his teaching post in Surrey, to become (as set by the limits of his exchange visa) “Musicmobile Director and Folk Arts Teacher.”  He worked with numerous rural schools in the Appalachian region in 1965 and 1966 and, as he had become so taken by the people and wealth of experience open to him, returned to Hindman in December of 1967 to continue his work for another year and a half.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of the writings and records of George Alexander who worked as an extension specialist with the Hindman Settlement School and rural public schools during the mid to late 1960s.  The collections consists of his journals, correspondence, autobiographical writings, songbooks, travel notes, photographic slides, and phonographic records.  Included in the collection are: records detailing Alexander’s travels from England to Kentucky; detailed notes on his numerous visits to rural schools including number of visits to each school, songs taught, student attendance records, and maps to schools; notes on people and areas Alexander meet and visited; research Alexander conducted on the Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky, and the state of the education system in rural Kentucky; numerous photographs (in slide format) of rural schools, students, school programs, folk dance events, and places Alexander visited; correspondence with Hindman staff and others; and papers regarding Alexander’s return travels to the United States and Canada in the 1970s.

Administrative Information

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

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], George Alexander Hindman Settlement School Papers, 1916-1979, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The collection was processed by Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist.  The collection was opened for research in September 2015.

Other Note:

The collection was opened for research in September 2015.

BCA 0150 SAA 151

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Alexander's Hindman History Notes from Primary SourcesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: George Alexander Auto Biographical writing- Kentucky BreakdownAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: George Alexander Auto Biographical writing- Kentucky Here I comeAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: George Alexander Auto Biographical writing- Hindman HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: George Alexander- Mary Ruth Abbott CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: George Alexander/ William Tallmadge CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: George Alexander, General Correspondence, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 8: George Alexander, General Correspondence, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 9: George Alexander, General Correspondence, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 10: George Alexander, General Correspondence, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: George Alexander, General Correspondence, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 12: George Alexander, General Correspondence, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 13: George Alexander, Canada-Summer, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 14: George Alexander, Canada-Summer, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 15: George Alexander, Canada-Summer, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 16: George Alexander, Canada-Summer, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 17: George Alexander, Canada-Summer, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 18: George Alexander, U.S. visit, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Student Writing- Leslie County- Neighborhood Youth CorpsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: George Alexander- Misc. ItemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Lonesome Tunes Songbook: Folk songs from the Kentucky MountainsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Folk-songs of English Origin Collection in The Appalachian Mountains by Cecil J. Sharp (2nd series)Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Notebook I- of Travels and visits to schools, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Notebook II -  of travels and visits to schools, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Notebook, 1968Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Journal of Visit to U.S.A (August 1965-August 1966), by George AlexanderAdd to your cart.
Item 2: CD-Dance Music and a Song Pant Corlan yr Wyn Gathering Peascobs The PibrochAdd to your cart.
Item 3: 45 rpm Phonograph record- Pant Corlan yr Wyn (Welsh Folk Dance), Musical Director: Huig HofmanAdd to your cart.
Item 4: 45 rpm Phonograph record- The Pibroch (Stanford), John Hassell Recording by George AlexanderAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 152 Half-frame Color Slides- Folk Dance Events/ Kentucky places/ Scenes (1967-1970)Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Half-frame Color Slides- Knott County, Kentucky Rural Schools (1967-1970) - Photographs of presentations and other school activitiesAdd to your cart.