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J.A. Stucky Papers, 1903-1956

Collection Overview

Title: J.A. Stucky Papers, 1903-1956

Creator: Stucky, J. A. -- (Joseph Addison) -- 1892-1979

Extent: 0.8 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arrangement of the collection is by series - Personal / Biographical; Correspondence; Writings; Hindman Clinic; Addresses and Lectures; John and William S. Stucky, (Sons); Miscellaneous; and Photographs.

Languages: English [eng]


Joseph Addison Stucky was a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He received his education in the city schools and eventually graduated from the University of Louisville College of Medicine.  He set up practice in Lexington, Kentucky where specialized in ophthalmology and otolaryngology.  In 1911, Stucky traveled to Hindman in Knott County, Kentucky to conduct a clinic for trachoma victims at the W.C.T.U. (later Hindman) Settlement School.   The high incidence of trachoma that he documented in eastern Kentucky led to the establishment of a U. S. Public Health service hospital at Hindman in 1913.  The hospital was moved to nearby Pike County, in 1916, once trachoma had been effectively eliminated in Knott County.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of letters, photographs, articles, and lectures documenting the work of Dr. Joseph Addison Stucky, especially his involvement in the treatment of trachoma in eastern Kentucky during the early 1900s.

The collection includes miscellaneous Stucky correspondence with the following individuals: Dr. John McMullen, of the U. S. Public Health Service;  Harriet Butler, staff nurse at Hindman Settlement School;  and school director, May Stone.  Letters detail Stucky's initial interest in conducting trachoma clinics in Knott county, his visits and treatment of patients there, and his role in the 1912 Public Health Service Survey of trachoma incidence.  Photographs document Stucky's eastern Kentucky work and include images of clinics at Hindman, patient treatment, clinic staff, Pine Mountain Settlement School, and several landscape views.  The photographs include black and white prints as well as negatives of various sizes; the majority of the images are unlabeled.  The rest of the collection consists mostly of publications and articles by Stucky which relate to trachoma, other medical topics, nursing, and social living.

Administrative Information

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

Related Materials:

Hindman Settlement School Collection

Hindman Settlement School Records

Mary Wheeler Ballad Collection

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], J.A. Stucky Papers, 1903-1956, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

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

Other Note: BCA 0024 SAA 023

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Personal/BiographicalAdd to your cart.
These are clippings, articles, certificates, and a journal associated with Stucky. Clippings and articles record Stucky's work in eastern Kentucky, and an auto accident in 1931. Of particular interest is a journal written in 1905, which records Stucky's meditations on various spiritual and moral matters.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Clippings, 1927-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Clippings, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Journal, 1905Add to your cart.
Series 2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
This is the general correspondence of Dr. Stucky concerning a variety of matters including visits to Pine Mountain and Hindman Settlement Schools, Berea College, his work with trachoma victims, and letters of support from friends and associates.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1910-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, n.d.Add to your cart.
Series 3: WritingsAdd to your cart.
These include Stucky's general and medical writings as they appeared in newspapers and various journals as well as a variety of unpublished manuscripts. Topics include "social living;" mental hygiene, history of the medical profession in Kentucky, as well as medical articles on trachoma, nutrition deficiencies, sinus infections, and other disorders.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Clippings, 1923-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Clippings on Social Living, 1913-1926Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Clippings on Social Living, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: General Articles, 1911-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 11: General Articles, Unpublished, 1911-1914Add to your cart.
Folder 12: General Articles, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Medical Articles, 1902-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Medical Articles, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Medical Articles, unpublished, 1924; 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Medical Articles, unpublished, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Kentucky Medical History, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Notes on Mental Hygiene, 1923-1930Add to your cart.
Series 4: Hindman ClinicAdd to your cart.
This series include articles by Stucky based on his experience at Hindman; general correspondence concerning the trachoma clinic, as well as correspondence with Harriet Butler and May Stone; and letters from children to Dr. Stucky in appreciation for his help.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles, 1911-1913, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles, unpublished, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1911-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Harriet Butler Correspondence, 1911-1912, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 5: May Stone Correspondence, 1911-1912Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letters from children, 1911Add to your cart.
Series 5: Addresses and LecturesAdd to your cart.
Handwritten and typescript notes for addresses and lectures on various topics including "The Needs of the Mountain People..." and "Nurses and Nursing."
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Various TitlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Nurses and NursingAdd to your cart.
Series 6: John and William S. StuckyAdd to your cart.
Closing legal argument by John Stucky at a Jackson County murder trail. Reports and condolences relating to the death of William S. Stucky.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Pagers, 1927, n.d.Add to your cart.
Series 7: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Articles on trachoma by John McMullen; Dr. Stucky's "Chart of Character;" notes on Hindman patients; and an article on Stucky by Berea historian Elisabeth Peck and Peck's related research notes.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 10: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Elizabeth Peck's Notes relating to TrachomaAdd to your cart.
Series 8: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Prints and negatives of trachoma clinics, patients, and staff as well as environs around Pine Mountain and Hindman.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Prints and NegativesAdd to your cart.