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Hindman Settlement School Records,1899-1979

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Hindman Settlement School Records




Berea College Special CollectionsBerea, Kentucky 40404

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Hindman Settlement School Records, KYSX265-A, 1899-1979Special Collections, Berea College, Berea, Ky.


13 microfilm reels; 2,998 items


Hindman Settlement School had its origins in three rural social settlements supported by the Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs and organized by Katherine Pettit and May Stone: Camp Cedar Grove at Hazard in Perry County in 1899; Camp Industrial at Hindman in Knott County in 1900; and Social Settlement at Sassafras in Knott County in 1901. Hindman was chosen as a permanent location in 1902 and the Settlement School opened under the auspices of the Kentucky Women's Christian Temperance Union. The Kentucky WCTU sponsored it until 1915, when it was incorporated as a private institution.

The curriculum of the School combined academic subjects with manual arts, home economics, agriculture, art, music, and folk art. In addition, social service programs such as a bookmobile, medical clinics, and recreational activities were offered. Fireside Industries, sponsored by the School, provided a sales outlet for local crafts people and students.

The School received private financial support, as well as money from the Knott County Board of Education. From the 1950s to the 1970s, after the Knott County School System consolidated and new and better roads made boarding facilities unnecessary, the School adjusted its programs. It continued to promote Appalachian culture and provided room and board for some public school teachers. A public library and community center were located on the school's grounds.

Scope and Content

These records document the administration of Hindman Settlement School at Hindman in Knott County, Kentucky.

Guide to the Hindman Settlement School Collection. Berea, Kentucky: Berea College, 1986.


  • Social settlements -- Camp Industrial Social Settlement
  • Social settlements -- Sassafras Social Settlement
  • Perry County, Kentucky -- Social settlements
  • Knott County, Kentucky -- Social settlements
  • Sassafras, Kentucky -- Sassafras Social Settlement
  • Hazard, Kentucky -- Camp Cedar Grove Social Settlement
  • Hindman, Kentucky -- Camp Industrial Social Settlement
  • Appalachia -- Social settlements
  • Hindman, Kentucky -- Hindman Settlement School
  • Curriculum -- Hindman Settlement School
  • Women -- Settlement workers
  • Appalachia -- Education
  • Appalachia -- Arts and crafts
  • Schools, settlement -- Hindman Settlement School
  • Arts and crafts -- Marketing
  • Knott County, Kentucky -- Schools, settlement
  • Appalachia -- Schools, settlement
  • Organizations, social service -- Hindman Settlement School
  • Organizations, women's -- Kentucky Women's Christian Temperance Union
  • Organizations, women's -- Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs
  • Social settlements -- Camp Cedar Grove Social Settlement

User Restrictions

Permission to publish from the microfilmed records must be secured from Hindman Settlement School or its assigns. Permission to reproduce photographs must be secured from Special Collections, Berea College.

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