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Henrietta Child Collection, 1897-1977 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Title: Henrietta Child Collection, 1897-1977Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Child, Henrietta Ellery.

Extent: 8.0 Boxes (General)

Arrangement: Arrangement of the collection is by series: Personal/Biographical, Correspondence, Stories, Photographs, and Animals and Dolls.

Subjects: American Association of University Women., Frost, William G. -- (William Goodell) -- 1854-1938, Hindman Settlement School.

Languages: English


Henrietta Child (1867-1968) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of Harvard philologist and folklorist Francis James Child.  After the death of her mother in 1911, Child moved to Kentucky to practice philanthropic teaching and storytelling. Her first year in the state was spent at Hindman Settlement School; around 1916, she moved permanently to Berea. During the next forty years she made monthly trips to schools within a ten mile radius of Berea where she told stories and riddles, recited poetry, and taught games to school children.

Materials include 44 notebooks, the majority of which are indexed, used by Child to record story lines, notes on characters, riddles and games. The notebooks document Child’s sources of stories—although Child’s handwriting and acid damage to the paper make use of the notebooks somewhat difficult.  The collection also includes letters from Child to Berea College President William G. Frost, and personal friends: Mrs. D.C. Churchill, Ruby A. Henry, Marie Noss, and Jessie Weekes.

Also included in this collection are clippings on Child’s life, manuscript biographies, a script and tapes from an American Association of University Women (A.A.U.W.) play written about Child, and papers on her work which were gathered by Berea College staff. Unique items contained in the collection are Child’s animals and toys which she used to illustrate her stories. Other objects include a dress, scarf, carrying bags, and a slate donated by Elizabeth Watts. Many of Child’s papers were donated by Mrs. D.C. Churchill.  Several letters and original poems were donated by Marie Noss.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of notebooks, correspondence, clippings, manuscripts, and toys relating to Henrietta Ellery Child and her work.

Subject/Index Terms

American Association of University Women.
Frost, William G. -- (William Goodell) -- 1854-1938
Hindman Settlement School.

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: There are no restrictions on use by researchers other than federal copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item/Folder/Box], Henrietta Child Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, Ky.

Processing Information: This finding aid was updated in April 2014.

Finding Aid Revision History: Corrections were made to the box list by Lori Myers-Steele, Project Archivist.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0185 HC 10

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Personal/Biographical],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Stories],
[Series 4: Photographs],
[Series 5: Animals and Dolls],

Series 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Child, school children, personal friends, and her house in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs, 1923-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Personal/Biographical],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Stories],
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[Series 5: Animals and Dolls],

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