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Lena M. Elkin Papers

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College Archive Record Group 9.18



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Predominant Dates:1928-1937

ID: RG 09/9.18

Primary Creator: Elkin, Lena M.

Extent: 4.0 Boxes (General)

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged as follows:

1. Correspondence; 2. Personal/Biographical and Publications; 3. Weaving

Subjects: Berea, (Ky.), Berea College, Berea College -- Faculty, Hand weaving -- Appalachian Region -- History., Handweaving -- Patterns., Hand weaving., Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (S.D.) -- History., Students, college -- Berea College, Vocational education -- Florida -- Ocala -- 1930-1950., Women -- Education -- Florida -- Ocala -- 1930-1950.

Languages: English

Abstract

Lena M. Elkin was born in Berea, Kentucky October 24, 1904 and attended Berea College Training, Berea College Grammar School, Berea College Normal, Berea College High School, and Eastern State Teachers College.

Weaving was extremely important in Ms. Elkin’s life.  During the 1930s she taught weaving for two summer terms at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and another summer at University Of Florida Extension Service’s Camp Roosevelt at Ocala. She was production supervisor for Berea’s Fireside Industries from 1940 to 1970. She died in Berea on July 27, 1992.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are the correspondence, papers, photographs, publications, weave drafts and pattern samples of Lena M. Elkin, a loom weaver and instructor at Berea College and elsewhere.

Subject/Index Terms

Berea, (Ky.)
Berea College
Berea College -- Faculty
Hand weaving -- Appalachian Region -- History.
Handweaving -- Patterns.
Hand weaving.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (S.D.) -- History.
Students, college -- Berea College
Vocational education -- Florida -- Ocala -- 1930-1950.
Women -- Education -- Florida -- Ocala -- 1930-1950.

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 of this material other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Lena M. Elkin Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Finding guide updated 2016. Updated Jan 2021.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated 2016.


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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
This series consists of letters Ms. Elkin received from family and friends while at Camp Roosevelt, Pine Ridge, and Berea College along with those from yarn and weaving companies. The Camp Roosevelt and Pine Ridge files describe the work she did there and also include pamphlets detailing the activities of each school.  Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by subject, chronological there under.
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Folder 1: Camp Roosevelt 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Fireside Industries 1932-1969Add to your cart.
Series 2: Personal/Biographical and PublicationsAdd to your cart.
This series consists of school papers, family and personal memorabilia, addresses, photographs, poems, and miscellaneous items.  The school papers consist of notes and exercises in biology, English, history, and math.  There is a group of educational aids, which were created during her school years at Berea.  The addresses are those of relatives and friends.  Family and personal memorabilia include; two diplomas of Elizabeth Elkin, various receipts, and other memorabilia.  Photographs are primarily of Berea school friends.  There are three poems, one, which is, “The Tapestry Weaver.”  Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject, chronological there under. This series also contains handicraft magazine, weaving catalogs, and various pamphlets from yarn and weaving companies. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject, chronological there under.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Personal, 1924-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Pine Ridge, South Dakota, 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Yarn and Weaving Companies, 1928-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Yarn and Weaving Companies Publications, 1928-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Addresses, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Biology Notes and ExercisesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Educational AidsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: English Essays, 1930Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Family and Relatives, 1922-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: History Essays: North DakotaAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Math Notes and ExercisesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Personal Memorabilia, 1923-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photograph Scrapbooks, n.d., 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Poems: North DakotaAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Handcrafts and Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, 1957-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Weaving Catalogs 1905-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Yarn and Weaving Co.Add to your cart.
Series 3: WeavingAdd to your cart.
This series consists of weaving lessons, blank weave drafts, card patterns, student exercises, notes on weaving history and technique, miscellaneous notebooks, weave drafts and pattern samples. Of particular interest are numerous examples of weave drafts detailing how to set up the loom in order to make q pattern. There are also finished patterns, some of which have the weave draft with it. There are numerous examples of yarn and thread that are used in the loom. There are also addresses for various yarn and weaving company and a blueprint of a loom.  Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject, chronological there under.
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Folder 1: Academic ExercisesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Blank Weaving DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Essentials of Weaving, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Card Patterns, n.d., 1954-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 5: History and TechniquesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Ledger 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 7: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Notebooks, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Pattern/Yarn Samples: A-C, n.d., 1928-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Pattern/Yarn Samples: D-L, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Pattern/Yarn Samples: M, 1969Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Pattern/Yarn Samples: N-U, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Pattern/Yarn Samples: U-Z, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Weave Drafts: A-L, n.d., 1943-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Weave Drafts: M-Z, n.d., 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Weave Drafts: Untitled, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Oversized Weaving Pattern SampleAdd to your cart.
Peach with maroon
Item 2: Oversized Weaving Pattern SampleAdd to your cart.
Blue
Item 3: Drawing of Loom, May 1937Add to your cart.
Designed and drawn by Harvey Meyer, by type designed by Anna Ernberg, Berea, KY
Folder 12: Pattern/Yarn Samples: M, 1969Add to your cart.

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