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Euphemia K. Corwin Papers, 1863-1992

Collection Overview

Title: Euphemia K. Corwin Papers, 1863-1992

Predominant Dates:1878-1903

ID: RG 09/9.10

Creator: Corwin, Euphemia K.

Extent: 4.0 MS boxes

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

Languages: English [eng]


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)

Administrative Information

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

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.
Box 1Add to your cart.
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.
Sub-Series 2: NotebooksAdd to your cart.
This series contains various notebooks Euphemia Corwin kept from approximately 1878 to 1903.  The majority of notebooks cover Theology and Philosophy of individuals such as Aristotle, Kant, and Reuchlin.  Also included in the notebooks is information about missions, ethics, poetry, education, and church history.  As well as notebooks, this series has miscellaneous notes on Theology and books, and Miss Corwin's Scripture Atlas.
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Folder 7: Architecture and Christian Theology, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Aristotle, Christianity, Kant, and ReuchlinAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Church History (Catholic), Hibbert Lectures, and Scripture Atlas, 1878-1903Add to your cart.
Folder 2: History of Education, Kant, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 3: American Poetry, Paper Subjects, Philosophy of Religion, 1901-1902Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Church History and Missions, 1901-1902Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Bible Books, Christian Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion, January-May 1902Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bible Introductions, Dogmatics, March-June 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Bible Introduction, Kant, Theism, May 1902-January 1903Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: WritingsAdd to your cart.
Miss Corwin's personal writings include a personal journal, personal notes referring to Berea's history, and her booklist she wrote when she was twelve years old.  Her remarks that she wrote for the reception of her portrait hanging are also included.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Writings, 1877-1902Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: LibrarianshipAdd to your cart.
Notes, papers, and folders put together by Miss Corwin concerning various aspects of librarianship.  There is a booklist and correspondence regarding the information Miss Corwin sought from publishing companies.  She also wrote two papers about libraries.  Other areas included in this series are indexing, printing, binding, and library economy.  There is a State Library Bulletin (1887-1902) and a Library School Register (1887-1926).
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Indexing and PrintingAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Library Notes, 1886-1889Add to your cart.
Folder 6: State Library Bulletin, 1887-1902Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Library School Register, 1887-1889Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Binding, October 1894-March 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Library Economy, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Booklist, Corwin Papers, Letters, 1904-1907Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
This series contains photographs of Euphemia Corwin beginning at the age of six months.  Other photographs include Miss Corwin with her brother Charles and friends Dona Skillman, Pearl Scrivener, Florence Ridgeway, Lelia Flannery, and Mary S. Cutter.  Several of Miss Corwin's souvenir postcards are also included within this series.
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Folder 5: Photographs, 1863-1935Add to your cart.