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Social Reform

Appalachian Community Fund records, Bulk, 1986-2005

Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) was founded in 1987 to bring new resources for grant funding to groups working for progressive social change in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia), and to be a sustainable resource base for community organizing and social change work in this region. In their 20-year history, they have awarded over $5 Million to more than 300 organizations working for justice. ACF pools resources from many sources including individuals, businesses, and foundations in order to provide critical financial support needed to help low-income people organizing themselves to address systemic problems of poverty, racism, and social inequity in their own communities and neighborhoods.

Anne and Harry M. Caudill Collection, 1854-1996

Harry Caudill was best known nationally for his role as a writer-of about 80 newspaper essays, 50 odd magazine articles, more than 120 lectures and speeches, and 10 books-who drew attention to the social, economic, and environmental problems the coal industry had caused in his region, earning him the moniker "Upton Sinclair of the coal fields." Caudill also served in the Kentucky House of Representatives and taught Appalachian history at the University of Kentucky. Caudill's was supported by his wife, Anne Frye Caudill. 

Commission on Religion on Appalachia (CORA) records, 1935-1988

The Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA), was founded in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1965 and worked in the region until 2006. CORA, through ecumenical committees and task forces, raised funds and developed programs to help combat housing, labor, health, and environmental issues in Appalachia. This collection includes photographs, audio and film recordings, grant proposal and reports, meeting minutes and resolutions documenting the many successful efforts heralded by CORA and churches throughout Appalachia. 

Pam Elam papers, 1962-2004, bulk 1972-1978

This collection consists of paper materials, artifacts, photographic prints, a slide, a cassette tape, and a reel-to-reel audiotape formerly belonging to Pamela Elam. Elam is a feminist organizer who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 1972 and a Juris Doctor degree from the UK College of Law in 1975.

Frontier Nursing Service records, 1789-1985

Mary Breckinridge founded the Frontier Nursing Service in rural Leslie County, Kentucky in 1925. This collection documents the organization's background and development and includes such materials as correspondence, minutes, reports, promotional materials, guestbooks, financial files, architectural plans, and memorabilia. There is also an accompanying collection of photographs and other audio-visual materials located in Audio-Visual Archives, as well as a collection of oral histories located in the Oral History Center. This collection was arranged and described as part of the Arranging and Describing Archives Related to Appalachian History and Culture, a "We the People" NEH grant. The FNS quarterly bulletins have been digitized and are available on ExploreUK.

Linda Neville papers, 1783-1974

These papers represent the life and work of Linda Neville, whose vocation was the welfare of children and the prevention of blindness in Kentucky. Papers include such materials as financial and business records, patient case records, correspondence, publications, news clippings, personal memorabilia, and photographs. This collection was arranged and described as part of the Arranging and Describing Archives Related to Appalachian History and Culture, a "We the People" NEH grant.

Cora Wilson Stewart Papers, 1900-1940

This collection of papers consists of about 40,000 pamphlets, articles, unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, and other papers relating to the work and life of Cora Wilson Stewart, educator and author. Wilson established "moonlight schools" in Rowen County, Kentucky to remedy adult illiteracy.

Cora Wilson Stewart Photographic Collection, circa 1900-1940

The collection consists of photographs from the papers of Cora Wilson Stewart, founder of the moonlight schools and pioneer in the national movement to eradicate adult illiteracy. The bulk of the photographs document moonlight schools in Eastern Kentucky, presenting images of classroom scenes and individual and group portraits of students and teachers. Identification and personal notes about outstanding students accompany many of the photographs. In addition to providing important visual information on illiteracy programs, the collection offers a significant source of material for the study of the Appalachian people, culture, and architecture in the early 1900s. This collection has been digitized and is available on ExploreUK.

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge Papers, 1867, 1888-1923

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge made significant contributions to the causes which she initiated or supported. Breckinridge served as president of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association, 1912-1915 and again in 1919. She was second vice-president of the National Woman Suffrage Association, 1913-1914. In addition, she was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fayette County Tuberculosis Fayette County Associated Charities, on the executive committee of the Lexington League and was vice-president of the Kentucky Child Labor Commission. The collection consists almost entirely of pamphlets, broadsides, leaflets and printed materials which reflect Mrs. Breckinridge's wide range of interest in social and political concerns.