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Primary Creator: Hindman Settlement School.

Extent: 30.0 Boxes (General)


The collection is arranged in two parts and further arranged in series as follows:

Part A: Selected Records/Manuscripts (All records in microfilm format)

Series 1:  Narrative Reports and Publications, 1879-1979

Series 2: Operational and Vital Records, 1902-75

Series 3:  Biographies and Works, 1900-80

Series 4:  Ballads and Folksongs

Series 5:  Appalachian Studies Reference File, 1902-75

Part B:  Selected Photographs, c. 1900-1983 (2998 Photo-reproductions, 27 Boxes)

Series 1:  General File

Series 2: Elizabeth Watts Photograph

Series 3:  Earl Palmer Photographs

Note: A detailed Index to Selected Photographs is available in the Reading Room of the Special Collections and Archives Berea College.  The index provides an item level description of the photographic collection and is divided into five parts: primary subject, secondary subject, date, original series and photo item-number.  Please contact archivist for more information.

Subjects: Combs, Josiah Henry -- 1886-1960, Education -- Kentucky., Hindman Settlement School., Knott County (Ky.) -- History., Pettit, Katherine., Rural schools -- Kentucky -- History., Watts, Elizabeth -- 1890-1993

Languages: English


Hindman Settlement School traces its origins to education – recreation programs conducted in Knott and Perry counties, Kentucky by Katherine Pettit and May Stone during the summers of 1899-1901.  They were funded by the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs and were aided by a group of women from urban areas. Programs were held in Hazard-1899 (Camp Cedar Grove), Hindman-1900 (Camp Industrial), and Sassafras in Knott County-1901. Working in large tents, they offered classes in sewing, cooking, housekeeping, health and child care.  They organized nurseries, taught Sunday school, and hosted evening socials for young people and adults.

These summer programs resulted in local citizens requesting Pettit and Stone to establish a permanent school in the region.  The Hindman location was chosen, and on August 5, 1902, Hindman Settlement School officially opened with funding from the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.  Katherine Pettit and May Stone became the first Executive Committee of the school.  The Settlement School remained under the sponsorship of the Kentucky WCTU until 1915.  In that year, it was formally incorporated as a private, non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-denominational corporation. Its purpose was to “found, establish, carry on and maintain a school or schools for industrial, intellectual and moral training; to educate the youth of both sexes in habits of sobriety in the mountainous, destitute or needy portions of the State of Kentucky.” From the beginning, the Hindman philosophy and purpose included a positive emphasis on regional traditions and cultural identity.

In order to accomplish their objectives, the school administration and staff developed an extensive curriculum and physical plant.  The curriculum combined academic subjects with manual arts, home economics, agriculture, art, music, and folk art.  The initial (1902) three acres and two buildings expanded into a physical plant that at various times included a high school, grade school, kindergarten, library, manual arts training shop, model farm, dairy, timber area - sawmill, hospital, and dormitories.

The settlement school staff extended their efforts into the community with programs such as a bookmobile, medical clinics, and recreational activities.  A particularly successful health care effort was the Trachoma treatment program organized by Dr. Joseph A. Stucky and Harriet Butler, which resulted in ridding the area of that serious eye disease.  The school’s Fireside Industries encouraged and promoted traditional arts and crafts by providing a sales outlet for items made by students and local residents. The school encouraged creative writing about area people and culture by providing a home and jobs for such writers as Ann Cobb and Lucy Furman, and James Still.

As a non-profit corporation, Hindman Settlement School has relied upon financial support by private sources from Kentucky and beyond.  Local citizens supported the school with either money or services.  Students paid minimal tuition, if they could afford it, and participated in a labor program, which provided work experience and helped to offset the cost of maintaining school grounds. Quite early (c. 1910), the Knott County Board of Education began cooperating with the settlement school by providing funds for school buildings.  By the forties, the board was paying teacher salaries.  From the outset, Hindman Settlement School was meant to support, rather than displace free public education.  As the Knott County Public School System consolidated and assumed complete responsibility for educating the area’s young people (mid 1950’s) and as new roads made boarding facilities unnecessary (1960-early 70s), the school administration redirected its program.  Currently, the school hires and provides room and board for art, music, and adult education teachers who conduct classes in the public schools.  A public library and community center are located on the school grounds. Hindman Settlement School continues to promote Appalachian culture through various community activities, seminars, lectures, and workshops such as the yearly Appalachian Writers Workshop and the Appalachian Family Folk Week.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are records and photographs documenting the founding, administration and activities of the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky, 1899-1983.

Subject/Index Terms

Combs, Josiah Henry -- 1886-1960
Education -- Kentucky.
Hindman Settlement School.
Knott County (Ky.) -- History.
Pettit, Katherine.
Rural schools -- Kentucky -- History.
Watts, Elizabeth -- 1890-1993

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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

Use Restrictions:

Regarding records contained in the collection:

Hindman Settlement School records were collected and organized in 1982.Those having administrative, legal or historical value were microfilmed at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and the originals then returned to Hindman. The resultant master microfilm negative is owned by Berea College.  A use copy is available in Hutchins Library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections.

Berea College does not own the copyright for the material contained in this microfilm edition, it is the responsibility of the researcher to secure permission to publish from Hindman Settlement School or its successors and assigns.

Regarding photographs contained in the collection:

Selected photographs were copied by Project staff. The original photographs and a set of copy prints were returned to the school. The copy negatives and one set of copy prints are owned by Berea College and are available in Hutchins Library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections.

Permission has been granted by Hindman Settlement School for Berea College to reproduce all or part of the school’s photographs and to use them in slide or film presentations, display them or loan them for display, and to allow their use by researchers for reproduction and publication. The proper credit line for their publication shall be:  “Hindman Settlement School Records, Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives.” Records and photographs can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], Hindman Settlement School Records 1899-1979, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information:

The original guide to the collection was compiled and written by William C. Richardson, Archivist/Director.  Project staff for Part A: Selected Records included: Mary Zimmeth (Archivist/Director), Diana L. Hays (Assistant Archivist), and student archivists Vivian L. Hensley, J. Shepherd Speight, and Ele Workman. Project staff for Part B: Selected Photographs included: William C. Richardson (Archivist/Director), Shannon H. Wilson (Assistant Archivist), Patricia N. Ayers (Project Photographer) and student assistants Key Ho Lee, Sujatha Thampi, Laura J. Wilson, and Kevin D. Martin.

The finding aid was updated in November 2015.

Other Note:

This collection was compiled by the Settlement Institutions of Appalachia / Berea College Research Resources Project, Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The project was developed in 1979 for the purpose of organizing and preserving the original records and photographs of the Settlement Institutions of Appalachia (SIA) and copying those of historical value to form a central research collection at Berea College.  The collection was open for research in 1986.

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13 Reels of Microfilm

The Hindman Settlement School Records includes records of the school dating from the earliest work of Katherine Pettit and May Stone (summers of 1899-1901) to the last year of Raymond McLain’s tenure as Settlement School Director (1971).  Some files contain post –1971 material, but that material is fragmentary and rare.  In all, the years 1899-1971 are documented by correspondence, financial records, board meeting minutes and treasurers’ reports to the board; newsletters, brochures, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and other publications; and a file of ballads and folksongs.  Even so, the collection is not complete, as there are record gaps in the areas of directors’ files, student case files, and personnel records.


Documentation for the pre-incorporation years (prior to 1902) exist in the form of detailed records or “diaries” that report the activities and impressions of Katherine Pettit, May Stone, and others as they established and ran Camp Industrial at Hindman (summer, 1900) and Sassafras (summer, 1901).  Also supporting the pre-incorporation record are various reports and papers such as “Kentucky Mountain Folk” (February 1899) by Katherine Pettit and typescripts of important pre-1900 historical events relating to Knott County.


Post-incorporation records include newsletters and brochures (1902-1979) which report the activities and concerns of the staff and student body and give an overview of the school’s general administrative policies and operational procedures.  The financial records (audit reports, ledgers, and miscellaneous reports), board meeting minutes, and treasurers’ reports to the board complete and strengthen the historical record for the years covering 1920-71.  Although pre-1920 board meeting minutes and financial ledgers kept by May Stone are included in the collection, other documentation for the years 1902-1920 is minimal.  A series of fires at the settlement school between the years 1902-1914 most likely account for the paucity of early records.  The general correspondence file (1902-1971) is routine and offers more information on the latter years, particularly the early fifties through the mid-sixties period.


Other important non-operational records of the Hindman Settlement School Collection are ballads, folksongs and the material which documents staff and student activities and creative ventures.  Of particular importance is a collection of poetry written by Ann Cobb, teacher and poet, who taught at Hindman for over forty-five years.  In addtion to this, the collection includes the work of other well known writers associated with the school, such as Josiah Combs, Lucy Furman, and James Still.  Also included are a few student and alumni writings ranging from basic classroom assignments to more sophisticated work, such as Una Ritchie’s one-act plays.  Furthermore, the collection contains newspaper clippings and other publications giving biographical information on various staff members as well as data on various families from Knott County.  Lastly, documentation of the Hindman Settlement School is supported by publications generated from outside the school, specifically newspapers and clippings, magazines and journals, and pamphlets discussing the school as well as broader subjects important to Appalachian sudies.


The manuscript collection is divided into five series:  1. Narrative Reports and Publications, 1879-1979; 2. Operational and Vital Records, 1902-75; 3. Biographies and Works, 1900-80; 4. Ballads and Folksongs; 5. Appalachian Studies Reference File, 1902-75.

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This series consists of narrative reports, pamphlets, brochures, and flyers—those publications generated by the Hindman Settlement School staff and student body.  The emphasis and detail of each publication vary from that of the simple promotional flyer, to the “Dear Friends” newsletter, a more sophisticated reporting and promotional method.  Also included are copies of the Mountain Echo (1924-1930), a pamphlet that provided a forum for school announcements, reports, and creative writing efforts.  Copies of student newspapers produced in the thirties and forties are also a part of this series.

The narrative reports and daily records of the social settlements (summers, 1900-1901), documents generated by Katherine Pettit and May Stone, chronicle the settlement work activities and the observations and impressions of life in the mountains during the years prior to the school’s incorporation date in 1902.  The language, reporting method, and tone of these documents reveal their function as formal daily records, not intimate personal diaries, and point to their possible use as a report, or the basis for a report to the sponsoring organization, the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs.


The “Diary of Experiences in the Kentucky Mountains, Summers of 1899-1901” can be described as being an anthology of important historical records which includes duplicates of the original daily records of the social settlements (1900-1901).  This record also gives information on Camp Cedar Grove (the summer social settlement of 1899), the founding of Knott County (typescript copied from the Louisville Commercial July 8, 1885), the “Traveling Library in the Mountains of Kentucky” (a ten-page description of activities and expenses, 1899), and other historical writings.  The “Notebook of Historical and Promotional Writings,” c. 1949, is an even more general and varied anthology and includes reports on the Hindman Settlement School program, genealogical data and other historical documentation.  To some extent, it also duplicates other source material.  Despite duplication in the record, each unit was microfilmed in its entirety in order to avoid possible confusion and to present the complete scope and subjects of the individual source document.

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"Kentucky Mountain Folk”  (Katherine Pettit), 1899

“Camp Industrial at Hindman, Knott County Kentucky,” 1900

“Camp Industrial-Hindman Kentucky,” 1900

“Daily Record of the Social Settlement in the Mountains of Kentucky,” Sassafras, Knott County:  (handwritten):(two albums, carbon copy), 1901

“Sabbath School” Notebook, 1901

Diary of Experiences in the Kentucky Mountains, Summers of 1899-1901

Notebook of Historical and Promotional Writings, c. 1949

Newsletters, 1901-1948

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Newsletters, 1949-1979, n.d.

Brochures and Flyers, 1902-1979, n.d.

Mountain Echo, 1924-1930

HSS Student Newspapers, 1935, 1937-1941

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A-E, 1902-1975

Agreements Establishing HSS as a Settlement School, 1910

Application for Tax-exempt Status, 1918, 1959

Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, 1915

Articles of Incorporation:  Resolutions to Amend, 1919, 1925, 1932

Proposed Amendments, 1965, 1972, 1975

Board Meeting Minutes, 1915,1918, 1919, n.d.

Board Meeting Minutes and Treasures’ Reports to the

Board, 1920-1971

Correspondence, 1902

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Correspondence, 1904-1971

Deeds, 1905-1918

F- Financial Records, 1901-1972

Receipts and Expenditures, 1901-1915 (May Stone’s Ledgers)

Receipts, 1904-1906 (May Stone’s Ledgers)

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Receipts, 1905-1915  (May Stone’s Ledgers)

Report of WCTU Audit, 1910-1911

Audit Reports, FYE 1916-1953 (missing 1918, 1920, 1923)

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Audit Reports, FYE 1954-1971

Ledgers:  Trial Balance, October 1915-September 1947

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:  Trial Balance, September 1947-September 1959

:  Cash Received, October 1915-February 1925

:  Cash Received, October 1934-December 1936

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Ledgers:  Cash Received, January 1937-November 1958

:  Student, October 1915-January 1918

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:  Student, January 1918-February 1937
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:  Student, March 1937-November 1958

:  Cash Receipts, October 1958-September 1964

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:  Cash Receipts, October 1964-April 1970

:  Payroll, October, 1958-November 1969

:  Student, October 1958-March 1970

:  Fireside Industries-Payments to Craftspeople, 1932-1934

:  Fireside Industries-Consignments, 1938-1940

:  Fireside Industries-Payments to Craftspeople, 1941-1944

Bequests and Uses of, 1911-1918

Bequests:  Wills and Correspondence, 1915-1963

Deeds of Release, Lien, May 1929

Donations:  Alden Trust, 1936-1955 n.d.

:  General, 1954-1965

:  Rebuilding of the School, c. 1902-1915

:  Not Cash, 1970-1972

:  E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund, 1955-1958

:  Rockport Fund, 1953-1964

General Endowment Fund:  Donors, Donations, 1910-1967, Establishment, 1915

Mortgage, December 1940

Scholarships:  Dudley Scholarship Fund, 1938-1944

Scholarships Endowment:  Establishment of, 1931

Securities, A-U, 1937-1968

:  American and Foreign Power co., 1953-1964

:  Lists of, 1958, 1961

:  Majestic Mfg. Co., 1925-1949

:  Transfer of, 1920

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Sewer System:  Loan for, 1954

May Stone Memorial Fund:  All Record Sources, 1946-1959

L-W, 1904-1967

Lease:  Garden Plot, 1910

Programs-50th Anniversary:  Correspondence on Pageant, 1951-1952

:  Pagaent (draft), 1952

:  Pageant (draft with stage sketch), 1952

:  Pageant (writing fragments), 1952

:  Pageant (complete copy), 1952

:  Hindman News, May 1, 1952

Sewer System:  Correspondence, 1953-1956

:  Notes and Newspaper Clippings, 1953-1954

Students:  Graduate Listings, 1904-1963

Timber Sales:  Correspondence, Agreements, Land Capability Maps, 1952-1955

Typhoid Epidemic, HSS:  Correspondence, 1913-1915; investigation, 1914

Water Supply:  Correspondence, 1953-1955, 1958

Water and Sewer Board:  Minutes, January 15, 1967

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This series consists of publications, correspondence, and the writings of staff, students, and other individuals associated with the Hindman Settlement School.  Also included in this series are genealogical data of various families from Knott County, miscellaneous short histories of Hindman, and a guest book listing visitors to the school for the period 1911-1948.


Of particular interest are a collection of poems by Ann Cobb and the works of Josiah Combs, Lucy Furman, Raymond McLain, Katherine Pettit, James Still, May Stone, and Elizabeth Watts.  For the most part, this file does not begin to adequately reflect the intellectual creativity of these people but is only a sampling of their work.  Specifically, the file consists of published creative writing pieces, papers on the settlement school and related topics, and unpublished essays and reports.


Additionally, this series also consists of student writings in the form of classroom assignments on the history of the school or biographies of key persons associated with Hindman.  There are however, a few examples of creative writing done by Hindman Students and alumni; for example the series includes two plays, written by Una Ritchie, entitled A Homespun Romance, n.d. and A Mountain Play in One Act, n.d. (Una Ritchie also wrote the anniversary pageant.  See Series II.)


Supporting materials include newspaper clippings giving biographical information on various staff and some correspondence files of staff and visitors to Hindman.  Additional biographical data may be gleaned from the personal reminiscences of staff and students; for example, an entire portion of the Elizabeth Watts documentation deals with a celebration given in her honor on May 17, 1980.  As part of this event, Miss Watts and alumni provided statements about their work and experiences at Hindman.  This series is arranged alphabetically, with guest book, genealogies, and brief histories on the Hindman Settlement School at the end of the Series.

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Amburgey, Jethro:  Biographical Statement, n.d.

:  Newspaper Clippings and Fragments, 1957-1970

:  American Friends at Hindman, 1944

:  Dulcimer Correspondence, 1966-1971

Bidstrup, Marguerite:  Visit to HSS, 1915

Blair, Gladys:  Eulogy of, 1966

Bradley, William Aspenwall:  “The Women of Troublesome,” 1918

Burns, Martha:  Newspaper Clippings, 1944-1959           

Cobb, Ann:  Newspaper Clippings, 1931, 1955, n.d.

:  Articles on and Tributes to, 1935, n.d.

:  List of poems Published in Kinfolks

:  Poetry, A-W, n.d.

:  Poetry, A-Z, n.d.

:  Poetry and Fragments, n.d.

:  Christmas Plays, 1925-1926, 1933, 1947, n.d.

:  Articles by, 1916

Cobb, Mary:  HSS Program given by the Stocking-Noyes

Circle, First Church, Newton, Massachusetts, 1963

Combs, Josiah:  Articles and Newspaper Clippings, 1957, n.d.

:  Letter to Lucy Furman (copy), 1933

:  Lectures and Journal Articles, 1910, 1915, 1930, n.d.

Dialect Notes (reprints), 1916, 1919

Language of the Highlanders (reprint), 1936

:  “Some Phases of the Kentucky Highlands,”

Walton’s Magazine, n.d.

Some Kentucky Highland Stories (reprint), 1958

De Long Zande, Ethel:  Article, c. 1928; Clipping n.d.

:  Correspondence, c. 1905-1910

Duff, Lionel:  Newspaper Clippings

Frizzell Bancroft, Helen:  Correspondence, 1939-1940

Furman, Lucy:  Biography of, n.d. (author unknown)

:  Newspaper Clippings, 1927-1958

:  Stories by, n.d., 1913

:  “Mothering on Perilous:  (Century Magazine), c. 1913

:  “Patriotism in the Mountains:  (Courier-Journal), 1918

The Quare Woman (excerpts), 1923

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The Quare Woman, 1923

The Glass Window:  The Return of the Quare

Women (exerpts), n.d.

:  Stories by, 1926, 1938, 1948

Kramer, Loren:  Newspaper Clippings, 1964

McNab, Rae:  Letter to Miss Pettit and Miss Stone, 1901

McLain, Raymond:  Newspaper Clipping, 1968

:  Folk Music at Hindman,” 1958

Merrill, Loise Moody:  “My Summer of 1924 Among the Mountain

Whites of Kentucky,” c. 1924

:  “Kentucky Mountains” (slide presentation script), c. 1924

Perkins, Carl D.:  Newspaper Clippings, 1950-1970

Pettit, Katherine:  “The Blossom Women,” by F. McVey, 1934

:  Eulogy by Kelly Day, 1936

:  Scrapbook on, n.d.

:  Notes by Ann Cobb, c. 1936

:  Comments by Elizabeth Watts, c. 1936

:  Correspondence, 1900

:  French Comb’s Letter of Support, 1900

:  G.P. Comb’s Letter of Support, 1900

:  Ida M. Horton’s Letter of Support, 1900

:  C. Humble’s Letter of Support, 1900

:  Writings of, c. 1900

:  “Ballads and Rhymes from Kentucky,” 1900

:  Correspondence, 1920-1935

:  Trip to South America, 1932

Ritchie, Pauline:  Writings of, 1933, 1938

Ritchie, Una:  A Homespun Romance, n.d.; A Mountain Play in One Act, n.d.

Ross, Elizabeth:  Newspaper Clippngs, n.d.

Seelig, A.D.:  Reminiscences of Hindman, 1938, 1941

Sharp, Cecil:  Letter to May Stone, 1918; Elizabeth Watts, 1920

Standish, Clara:  Newspaper Clippings, 1952

Stiles, Dorothy Hancock:  “Kentucky 1915” (typed transcript of daily journal)

:  “ The Settlement of Troublesome,” 1916

Still, James:  Newspaper Clippings, 1935-1957, 1960-1970, n.d.

Courier Journal Article, July 9, 1978; Writings of, 1935-1938, n.d.

Stone, May:  Newspaper Clippings, 1922-1946

May Stone-The Ladyest (HSS pamphlet), 1946

:  Memorial Service, February 4, 1946

:  “ The Ladyest of the ‘Quarre’ Women”  (Paper given by Mrs.

Yancey Altsheler), 1955

Education in the Early Days of Kentucky and

Kentucky Schools Approved by the DAR, 1945

:  Writings of, 1945

:  Emma Bell Miles, Cords from a Dulcimer, 1913

(Sent with letter to May Stone)

Stone, May—Building:  Unidentified Draft, re:  HSS History and the Construction of Bldg., c. 1954

Stone, R.B.:  Newspaper Clippings, 1956, 1958

:  “The Story of the HSS at Hindman Kentucky,”

Students:  [“David Fry”] (Untitled anonymous story), n.d.

:  Papers on Knott County and HSS, 1923

: Autobiographical Statements of Alpha Morgan, 1926;

Irene Stacy, c. 1964

:  Transcripts of Speeches Given by Charles Boleyn, 1933;

Eunice Slone, n.d.

Students (7th grade):  History of HSS, 1934

Students:  Comments on School, 1943, 1971, n.d.

Watts, Elizabeth:  “Hindman Settlement School—Where the Dolls Go.”  1947

Watts, Elizabeth—Celebration:  Newsletters and Clippings, April- May, 1980

:  Biographical Profiles, 1980, Family Statements, 1980

:  Info. Sheets on Staff and Students, 1980

:  Reminiscences of Staff and Students, 1980

Wheeler, Mary:  Leter to may Stone, 1937; Clipping, n.d.

HSS Guest Book, 1911-1948

Miscellaneous Papers:  HSS, Outline of History, 1930

:  Paper on HSS (anonymous, untitled, c. 1947   

:  Brief Histories, c. 1940-1962


List of Kentucky Counties in which settled Pensioners of Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Indian Wars, n.d.

Information on the following families:














Additional information (publications) on the following families:

:  Combs

:  Cornett

:  Hall

:  Ritchie

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This series documents the ballad and folksong collection efforts of Hindman Settlement School. Specifically, the article by Raymond McLain entitled “Folk Music at Hindman” describes the school’s role in ballad collecting and discusses the origin of some of the ballads.  The record does not, however, indicate which or how many of these songs were collected from the Hindman area, and which were learned from staff, visitors to the school, or other ballad collections.  Some of the ballads and folksongs are part of Josephine McGill’s Folk Songs of the Kentucky Mountains.  McGill’s collecting efforts in the Hindman area were done under the auspices of the school.  Furthermore, Cecil Sharp’s English Folksongs from the Southern Appalachians includes works which are also found in the Hindman Collection.

In addition, this series includes international folksongs and religious songs.  Most likely this music was brought into the area by school staff or visitors.  The “Song Notebook,” n.d. consists of forty-one ballads, folksongs, and religious songs.  The songs are marked with various unidentified abbreviated notations.  While the meaning of the abbreviations is unknown, two of them (CS) and (JMC) probably refer to Cecil Sharp and Josephine McGill.  Lastly, an index of songs completes the ballad and folksong collection.  Although not comprehensive, it does indicate the type of music collected and/or sung at Hindman.

This series is arranged by song type and then alphabetically within that arrangement.  Frequently, the title of a well-known ballad from a published source differs from the title given by the settlement school collector or transcriber.  In an effort to improve access to the ballad collection, the published title has been penciled in and the song then filed under that title (for example Hindman’s “Little Sparrow” is filed under the familiar, “Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies).

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McLain, Raymond:  “Folk Music at Hindman,” 1958

McGill, Josephine:  Material Re: Her Ballad Collection, c. 1916, 1918, 1933

Indexes:  “English and American Ballads,” “Sea Chanteys,”

"Miscellaneous,” n.d., Untitled Index, n.d.

Ballads and Folksongs:  A-Y

:  “Fanny Patrick,” Collected by Ethel de Long, c. 1914

:  Banjo Bill Cornett, Composer; Elizabeth Watts, Collector, 1928, 1955                                                   

International Folksongs

Religious Songs:  A-Z

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Religious Songs:  Elizabeth Watts’ Files Song Notebook, n.d.
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This series consists of publications that are not generated by the school but rather, ones which are useful because they provide background information on the school and the Appalachian region as a whole.  Only that reference material dealing directly with the Hindman Settlement School was microfilmed.  This includes general newspaper clippings and publications discussing the settlement school’s efforts in fighting the disease trachoma.  The series is arranged chronologically and all trachoma publications are grouped together.
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Newspaper Clippings: HSS History, 1902-1975

Trachoma:  Publications by J.A. Stuckey, M.D., 1911-1916, 1930

:  Publications by John McMullen, M.D., 1912-1913

:  Articles and Pamphlets, 1916, n.d.

Bulletin of the State Board of Health of Kentucky, c. 1916

:  Newspaper Articles and Clippings, 1916, 1955, n.d.

:  Kentucky Department of Welfare Bulletin (excerpt), 1939

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