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Pattie A. Curd Papers, 1861

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Pattie A. Curd Papers




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Pattie A. Curd Papers, 1861, 98SC199,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


2 items, .5 c.f.


Science Hill Female Academy (later changed to Science Hill School) in Shelbyville, Kentucky was founded by Julia Ann Tevis in 1825 for white female students aged six to twenty-one. In time the school became renowned, drawing students from nearly every state. The school was associated with the Methodist Episcopal Church from 1829 until 1906. Education was focused on preparing women for their future roles as wives and mothers, but went beyond superficial education to include reading, writing, arithmetic, grammar, history, rhetoric, astronomy, French, music, and painting. W.T. Poynter purchased the school in 1879 and made Science Hill one of the foremost college preparatory schools for women. His wife, Clara M. Poynter, served as principal after his death in 1896 and their daughter, Juliet Jameson Poynter served as president from 1937 until the school's closing in June 1939.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of an essay and a handwritten copy of a school newsletter written by Pattie A. Curd of Louisville, Kentucky. Entitled the "Tuesday Evening Post," the handwritten school newsletter, dated June 3, 1861, was edited by Pattie A. Curd and Mary V. Henton and features stories and poems about the Science Hill Academy, Shelbyville, Kentucky. Most interesting are the pro-Union articles which scold the secessionist politicians of the state and the secessionists in general. The school essay, written by Curd on June 19, 1861, at Science Hill, romantically describes the importance her school days.

Arrangement: Chronological


  • Women --Education -- Kentucky -- Shelby County
  • Preparatory schools -- Kentucky -- Shelby County
  • Journalism, School -- Kentucky -- Shelby County -- 19th century
  • United States --History --Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Henton, Mary V.
  • Science Hill School (Shelbyville, KY)

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