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Bess Fayne Cherry Collection, 1910-1937.

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Bess Fayne Cherry Collection




Western Kentucky University Library ArchivesBowling Green, KY 42101 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Bess Fayne Cherry Collection, 1910-1937, UA 36 I,Library Special Collections, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.


1 box, 14 folders, 163 items


Bess Lysle Fayne was born in Crab Orchard, Kentucky in 1877. She graduated from the Elliott Institute of Kirksville, Kentucky in 1895 and enrolled at the Southern Normal School that same year. She married Henry Hardin Cherry on April 3, 1896. In the early 1900s, she served part-time on the faculty of the Southern Normal School as "Director of Social Features of the Institution." She was also a member of the board of The National School of Telegraphy, Civil Service, Railroading and Express, a department operated by the Southern Normal School. In 1927, she organized the Faculty Wives Club (now Western Kentucky University Women) and served as its first president. Bess Cherry died November 17, 1954.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of personal correspondence with family and friends. It contains news and information about her children, Josephine, Elizabeth and Henry Hardin, Jr. ("Hardin"); her recovery from a cracked bone suffered after a fall in the summer of 1936; her dissatisfaction with a Studebaker automobile she purchased in 1936; and the death of Henry Hardin Cherry on August 1, 1937. Correspondence from H. H. Cherry in 1934 tells news of their children, events on campus, his lobbying efforts in Frankfort, and his trouble with a broken toe. A letter from "Mary" (probably Mary A. Leiper) gives an account of her transport to Bowling Green of refugees from the 1937 Louisville flood. The collection also contains a speech and several monographs by Mrs. Cherry, as well as copies of a published short story, Parlance of Kentucky Backwoods, and an essay, "Motherhood Adrift." For further information, see the University Archives vertical files on the Cherry family, and photograph files.


  • Authors, American - Kentucky
  • Cherry, Bess Fayne, 1877-1954
  • Cherry, Henry Hardin, 1864-1937
  • Lowman, Josephine Cherry, 1900-1983

User Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the Western Kentucky University.

Collection Inventory

Inventory. 1 item
[box: 1, folder: 1]
Women's Music Club program. 1910. 1 item
[box: 1, folder: 2]
Letters to publishers re: publication of Parlance of Kentucky Backwoods and "Motherhood Adrift. 1932-34. 37 items
[box: 1, folder: 3]
Parlance of Kentucky Backwoods, with illustrations by Ivan Wilson and Louise Christie Toomey; advertising brochure with reviews. 1933. 2 items
[box: 1, folder: 4]
Manuscript - "Motherhood Adrift". 1933. 1 item
[box: 1, folder: 5]
Essays, speech [to girls]: "Keep Your Social Standards High". 1933, [1936], n.d. 6 items
[box: 1, folder: 6]
Cherry, Bess Fayne - Elizabeth F. Cherry. 1934-36. 5 items
[box: 1, folder: 7]
Cherry, Bess Fayne - General correspondence (includes letter re: Louisville flood refugees). 1934-37. 69 items
[box: 1, folder: 8]
Cherry, Bess Fayne - McKim, Robert (Stewart Dry Goods) re: disputed account. 1936. 6 items
[box: 1, folder: 9]
Cherry, Bess Fayne - Josephine Cherry Lowman. 1936-37. 17 items
[box: 1, folder: 10]
Cherry, Bess Fayne - Cherry, Henry Hardin. 1934-37. 6 items
[box: 1, folder: 11]
Cherry, Bess Fayne - Cherry, Henry Hardin, Jr. 1936-37. 3 items
[box: 1, folder: 12]
Cherry, Bess Fayne - Pilcher, Dr. Cobb re: H. H. Cherry's health; Lowman, Shepherd, Jr. re: H. H. Cherry's death. 1937. 2 items
[box: 1, folder: 13]
Condolence letters re: H. H. Cherry's death. 1937. 5 items
[box: 1, folder: 14]

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