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Euphemia K. Corwin Papers



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Euphemia K. Corwin Papers, 1863-1992 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Title: Euphemia K. Corwin Papers, 1863-1992Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1878-1903

ID: RG 09/9.10

Primary Creator: Corwin, Euphemia K.

Extent: 4.0 MS boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series: Personal/Biographical, Notebooks, Librarianship, and Photographs.

Subjects: Berea College, Berea College -- Faculty, Librarians.

Languages: English


Euphemia Corwin was born on June 26, 1863, the only daughter of Dutch Reformed Minister E.T. Corwin.  She grew up with her younger brother Charles in Paramus, New Jersey.  "Effie", Charles' nickname for her, came from a religiously centered and close knit family.  She was educated at Mt. Holyoke College (1881-1882) and became a teacher in North Plainfield, New Jersey (1882-1886).  After teaching, she became cataloger at the Utica, New York Public Library

(1886-1887).  In 1887, Miss Corwin became the first assistant librarian at Union Theological Seminary until 1901 when she entered the college while also attending Columbia University (1901-1902).

In 1903, Euphemia Corwin became the librarian at Berea College and remained there for the next thirty years, retiring on May 8, 1933.  Miss Corwin was known to her colleagues and students as an independent and generous person.  In April 1938, Miss Corwin was honored at a reception with her portrait being hung in the lobby of the Berea College Library.    

Euphemia Corwin was one of the organizers and editor of the Kentucky Library Association.  In 1915, she organized Kentucky's first college book wagon service in order to supply books to people in the mountains and, in 1937, she organized the Hazard Junior College Library.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are papers and memorabilia relating to Berea College Librarian (1903 – 1930) Euphemia Kipp Corwin.  Included in the collection are photographs, correspondence, clippings, writings, notebooks Corwin kept as a student, and other materials.

Biographical Note

Berea College Librarian (1903 – 1930)

Subject/Index Terms

Berea College
Berea College -- Faculty

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], Euphemia K. Corwin Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Finding aid updated 2016.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Sub-Series:

[Sub-Series 1: Personal/Biographical],
[Sub-Series 2: Notebooks],
[Sub-Series 3: Writings],
[Sub-Series 4: Librarianship],
[Sub-Series 5: Photographs],

Sub-Series 1: Personal/BiographicalAdd to your cart.
This series contains personal information about Euphemia Kipp Corwin.  It includes correspondence, various clippings, and genealogical charts referring to her family background.  There are also clippings and writings about her retirement, portrait hanging ceremony, and her death.  General information about her life, such as accomplishments and friends, can also be found within this series.  Further materials include five of her father's sermons and writings, and her Rutger's College Yearbook.
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Folder 1: Correspondence, 1868-1900Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Death, March-October 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Family Background, 1863-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General, 1917-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Portrait, April-May 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Retirement, May-October 1933Add to your cart.

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