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Sally Wilkerson Papers, 1939-1975

By Lori Myers-Steele

Collection Overview

Title: Sally Wilkerson Papers, 1939-1975

ID: RG 09/9.58

Creator: Wilkerson, Sally.

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes

Languages: English [eng]


Sally Wilkerson (born in 1919 in Palm Beach, Florida) spent most of her youth in Middlesboro, Kentucky, before attending and graduating from Berea College with a major in art in the 1930’s.  While at Berea, Wilkerson’s student labor positions included taxidermy work for the biology department and general labor in the art department.

Upon graduation from Berea, Wilkerson taught in public schools.  She returned to Berea College as a faculty member in 1946.  Her first appointment at the College included the teaching of art education courses and classes at Knapp Hall.  By 1952, Wilkerson’s teaching assignments included courses in weaving, General Studies-Humanities, and crafts and design at the Foundation School.

Wilkerson served as the coordinator of the Art Department’s exhibition program from 1971 to 1985.  In addition to her teaching, Wilkerson was a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and of the Southern Highland Crafts Guild. She illustrated Dr. Willis Weatherford’s Pioneers of Destiny: The Romance of the Appalachian People, traveled widely, and served on numerous craft and textile boards during her tenure at Berea College (1946-1985).

Wilkerson passed away on March 7, 2012.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains: biographical material; sketches, drafts and pieces (including Christmas cards and notices) by Sally Wilkerson; correspondence between Berea College professor Mary Ela and Berea College graduate Daniel Thorington (a classmate of Wilkerson); correspondence regarding Fireside Weaving and the Kentucky Arts Commission; and miscellaneous items including photographs and personal notes of Sally Wilkerson.

Administrative Information

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

Use Restrictions: Folder 19 contains a restricted item.  Federal copyright regulations apply to all other materials.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Sally Wilkerson Collection, Special Collections & Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY.

Processing Information:

The collection was foldered as arranged upon delivery (Log 998) to the Special Collections and Archives in September, 2012.  The collection was brought to the Archives by Robert Boyce, retired faculty of Berea College.  Additional items (Log 997) were also delivered to the Archives at the same time; however, they were processed separately by Jaime M. Bradley, College Archivist.

The finding aid and box list were created by Lori Myers-Steele, Project Archivist, in February 2014.

Box and Folder Listing

College Archive Record Group 9.58Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AutobiographicalAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous pieces by and about Daniel ThoringtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Mary Ela - Daniel Thorington Correspondence, 1939 - 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Mary Ela - Daniel Thorington Correspondence, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Mary Ela - Daniel Thorington Correspondence, 1942 - 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Mary Ela - Daniel Thorington Correspondence, 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Mary Ela - Daniel Thorington Correspondence, Post WWIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Daniel Thorington Letter to Berea College, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Pencil Sketches with Explanations by WilkersonAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Sketches for Pioneer of Destiny, copy of book by W.D. WeatherfordAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Faculty Tea Notices and designs by WilkersonAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Christmas card designs and pieces by Wilkerson, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Christmas card designs and pieces by Wilkerson, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Christmas card designs and pieces by Wilkerson, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Miscellaneous pieces and sketches by WilkersonAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Sketches and cards by Wilkerson, 1962-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence regarding Fireside Weaving, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence with Kentucky Arts Commission, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Miscellaneous items, photographs, correspondence, ONE RESTRICTED ITEMAdd to your cart.