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Education & Literacy

The Appalachian Leadership and Community Outreach, Inc. (ALCOR) records, 1967–1982, undated

These records contain documents and some audio/graphic materials related to the educational and recreational programs sponsored by the organization in Eastern Kentucky. The collection has administrative office files, partnered college files, development fundraising files, Coordinated Consumer Health Education Project Files. File topics also include those on board members, contracts, equipment, program planning and policy, campus directors, college programs, and program training. Photographs document the programming organization by ALCOR. The collection was arranged and described as part of the “Action in Appalachia: Revealing Public Health, Housing, and Community Development Records in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center” project funded by CLIR Hidden Collections grant.

Pearl Day Bach papers on Hazel Green Academy, 1891-1966

These are the papers of Pearl Day Bach, a 1905 graduate of Hazel Green Academy in Hazel Green, Kentucky. Bach was responsible for coordinating the activities of the Former Students Association of Hazel Green Academy, serving as president in 1951-1952, and acting as historian of the association during most of its existence (beginning in 1940). The papers deal primarily with the Former Students Association and its Annual Homecoming, but also document the history of the Academy and the town of Hazel Green itself. 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.

Bullock-Pettit family papers, 1885-1968

The Bullock-Pettit collection includes the personal papers of Dr. Waller O. Bullock, his wife, Minnie Pettit Bullock, and her sister Katherine Rebecca Pettit. Katherine Pettit, along with May Stone of Louisville, Ky., played a significant role in bringing education to Appalachia when they established the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County and the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County. Among her many interests were collecting coverlets and folk tales and ballads of the region.

Reverend John Jay Dickey Collection, 1883-1920

The Reverend John Jay Dickey Collection documents Dickey's career as a minister and educator in Eastern Kentucky. John Jay Dickey (1842-1934) helped found Jackson Academy, an elementary and high school, in Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky, in 1883 and the Sue Bennett Memorial School in London, Laurel County, Kentucky, in 1895. The collection includes diaries, teaching materials, and historical recollections about Breathitt County.

Flanery family papers, 1883-1972

The Flanery family papers are the materials of Mary Elliott Flanery, the first woman elected to the Kentucky legislature, and her family. The collection comprises correspondence, receipts, genealogical papers, clippings, pamphlets, programs, and a small amount of political memorabilia. 

George H. Goodman and Edwin J. Paxton papers, 1911-1950

This collection contains the papers and photographs of George H. Goodman and Edwin J. Paxton, consecutive owners of the Paducah News-Democrat. The collection includes just a small amount of Edwin Paxton's correspondence, with most of the materials pertaining to George Goodman and his tenure as director of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Kentucky from 1934 through 1941. Included are correspondence, clippings, photographs, financial statements for the News-Democrat, and testimony and affidavits concerning charges made by Governor A.B. Chandler that the Kentucky WPA pressured its employees to support Alben Barkley in the 1938 Democratic Senatorial primary. 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.

Goodman-Paxton Photographic Collection, 1934-1942

The collection consists of 5699 black and white photographic prints, taken for and under the direction of George Goodman, Director of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Kentucky. Cover in the years 1934 to 1942, these images document the accomplishments of the WPA within the state. Views of building and road construction predominate, although photographs of people enrolled in various WPA training programs are located at the end of each album. The collection documents the construction of schools, hospitals, courthouses, libraries, and municipal buildings. 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. This collection has been digitized and is available on ExploreUK.

Frances Jewell McVey papers, 1858-1953

Frances Jewell McVey held several positions at the University of Kentucky, beginning as a professor in the English Department from 1915-1921, then as the Dean of Women from 1921-1923. In 1923, she married then President of UK, Frank LeRond McVey. With a background in English literature, Frances Jewell McVey was also a dedicated author. She wrote serial travel and history pieces, short fiction and essays, many of which were published in magazines of the time. Her research files include photographs dating from the 1920s-1930s of Pine Mountain Settlement School, the Frontier Nursing Service, and Mary Breckinridge.

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.

Lucy E. Walby paper, 1878-1936

These are the papers of kindergarten teacher, Lucy E. Walby, who served as principal of the kindergarten at Morton School, and later Maxwell School, in Lexington, Kentucky. The materials primarily relate to kindergarten instruction, including teaching methods, class planning, stories, and art instruction, but also document Walby's involvement with the Episcopal Church and the mission school in Proctor, Kentucky. 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.