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Ladies Board of Care, 1866-1903 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Title: Ladies Board of Care, 1866-1903Add to your cart.

ID: RG 05/5.36

Primary Creator: Berea College

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes

Subjects: Academy School., Berea, (Ky.), Berea College, Students, college -- Berea College, Women -- Education (Higher).

Languages: English


In 1866, the Berea College Board of Trustees appointed a Ladies Board of Care (though no explicit authority or budget accompanied the appointment).  The goal of the Ladies Board of Care was to protect the college from negative publicity and it achieved this by writing regulations and meting out punishments on all infractions relating to female students. It also focused on teaching the women of the college appropriate etiquette, monitored social privileges of the women in the boarding hall, and provided oversight of the boarding halls in the community.  During this time, gendered rules and regulations were enforced by two groups, the Ladies Board of Care, which governed women alone, and then the Cabinet that governed both men and women.

The Board was led by the Lady Principal and consisted of several other female staffers such as the matron of Ladies Hall. Berea’s Ladies Board included founder and faculty wives such as Matilda Hamilton Fee, women teachers such as Elizabeth Rogers, and the college president’s wife, such as Eleanor Marsh Frost.

During the 1880s and 1890s, numerous diseases and illnesses, such as malaria, mumps and tonsillitis, occupied the attention of the Ladies Board of Care. During this time, the Board repeatedly called on the Trustees to employ a professional nurse to supervise wellness and health matters.  In calling for and such a measure the Board laid the foundation of a health program that served as a catalyst for imp roving sanitary conditions not only on campus but also in the town of Berea.

The Ladies Board functioned until the first decade of the twentieth century when replaced by the Council of the Dean of Women.

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Records of the Berea College Ladies Board of Care including Ledger of Meeting Minutes (1880-1903), materials documenting the history and work of the Board,

Subject/Index Terms

Academy School.
Berea, (Ky.)
Berea College
Students, college -- Berea College
Women -- Education (Higher).

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 the collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Related Materials:

RG 5/5.14: Administrative Divisions: Dean of Women

RG 5/5.15: Administrative Divisions: Student Life

RG 12/12.15 Publications: Berea College Student Manuals (Rules and Regulations), 1873-1936

RG 3/3.03: W.G. Frost Papers

Preferred Citation: [Record/Folder/Box], RG 5/5.36: Administrative Divisions: Ladies Board of Care. Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Guide created November 2017

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[Box 1: Ladies Board of Care],

Box 1: Ladies Board of CareAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Ledger: Meeting Minutes, 1880 - 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Report of the Ladies Board of Care to the Trustees, June 23, 1897Add to your cart.
Report of Mrs. Mills, Lady Principal and Mrs. A.E. Todd, President.  Speaks to needs of Indutrial Department (and girls in department), a hospital or sick home, sanitary supervision of campus buildings.
Folder 3: Report of the Principal of the Ladies Department for the Year Ending June 6, 1900Add to your cart.
Written by Josephine Robinson to President Frost.  Covered areas of Attendance, Order, Health, Ladies Hall, Visiting, Duties of Lady Principal, Religious Life, and Assistant Lady Principal
Folder 4: Peck Notes Regarding Ladies Board of CareAdd to your cart.
Elisabeth Peck's research notes regarding the Board and its work including its development and appoinment of members, visitation, nursing and health issues, sanitary and living conditions on campus, other.
Folder 5: Landmarks in the Health Service of Berea CollegeAdd to your cart.
First part regards the Ladies Board of Care
Folder 6: Paper on Social Aims, May 5, 1896Add to your cart.
From Faculty Minutes, Members of the Ladies Board of Care were present by invitation.  This paper was presented after the Faculty Meeting.
Folder 7: "Berea Rules and Regulations", 1970Add to your cart.
Memoir written by student Maud (Parsons) Kilbourne
Folder 8: Typed Copy of Meeting Minutes, 1880-1903Add to your cart.
See Ledger, Folder 1

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