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Susan Margaret Settle scrapbooks, 1918-1923, 1970

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Susan Margaret Settle scrapbooks


1918-1923, 1970


University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections


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2006ua059:[Identification of item], Susan Margaret Settle scrapbooks, University of Kentucky Archives.


0.35 cubic feet (1 box): 2 items


The Susan Margaret Settle scrapbooks consist of a personal scrapbook created by Settle in September 1918 at the beginning of her attendance at Hamilton College; continuing through 1922 when she graduated from the University of Kentucky. The second book is a pictorial yearbook; the Hamilton College Book of Views, printed in 1921.


Susan Margaret Settle was born on August 7, 1900 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky to Tillie and Emmett Settle. She was the eldest of three girls; her younger sisters were Elizabeth Holbert Settle and Mary Belle Settle.

Susan Settle spent her entire youth growing up in Elizabethtown and attended public school there. In 1918 she entered Hamilton College, a Junior College for Young Women that was associated with Transylvania University. She graduated from Hamilton College in June 1920 and continued her education by entering the University of Kentucky that same year.

In June of 1922, she graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree, returned to Elizabethtown and married Edmund Richerson. She began a career at Elizabethtown High School teaching the subjects of English and French. Susan and Edmund Richerson had two daughters, Mary Jo Richerson and Margaret Settle Richerson. Susan Settle Richerson spent the remainder of her life in Elizabethtown until her death in January 1997.

Scope and Content

The Susan Margaret Settle scrapbooks consist of two books. One, a personal scrapbook created by Settle in September 1918 at the beginning of her attendance at Hamilton College; continuing through 1922 when she graduated from the University of Kentucky. The second book is a pictorial yearbook; the Hamilton College Book of Views, printed in 1921.

The personal scrapbook opens with a statement by Susan Margaret Settle, "It is to be the combination of a diary and memory book which I hope will bring me many pleasant memories of good times in years to come." The scrapbook contains items of her daily social and academic life while attending Hamilton College and the University of Kentucky.

There are period examples of invitations to weddings, fashion shows, the Military Ball at Buell Armory held on February 21, 1921, various social functions, and dances on the campus; there are programs for the Season of Grand Opera for the Woodland Auditorium, various concerts and theatre productions, ticket stubs from the Lexington Opera House, and war activity notices. There is a program for the Kentucky Jockey Club Spring Meeting May 1. As was customary for the era, there are calling cards from fellow students with personal notes written on them, notes and letters from suitors, a dance card for the Military Ball with each dance signed by the young men they are promised to, pressed flowers, several candy labels with the suitors name, and small photos of students beside automobiles. The scrapbook includes her comments on the day the Armistice treaty was signed stating that several students ran down Broadway yelling in celebration, and the lifting of the influenza ban on campus. A Western Union Telegram dated October, 13, 1921 informing her of Grandfather's ill health, and another telegram dated October 21, 1921 informing her of his death. A booklet entitled "Common Sense Pointers - Marriage for all Singles and Married Folks"; includes tips on dating, selection of partner, and marriage.

The items relating to her academic life include Grade Slips for her classes; payment stubs for tuition with room and board, a Fiftieth Anniversary of Hamilton College Commencement program, words to the "Dear Old Hamilton" school song, and words to "Dear Old Beta Sig." A guidebook for female students entitled Women's Self Government Association of the University of Kentucky 1920 mission "to enact and enforce regulations to promote the welfare and further the best living conditions of the women of University of Kentucky." The guidebook outlines the rules regarding lights out, evening absences, callers, entertainments, walking and automobiling restrictions, picnicking-luncheon guidelines, the scheduling of social functions, dancing at Patterson Hall, dress, quarantine, and regulations concerning the Point System and Honor System. Also included are note cards with remarks and congratulations on her graduating. Mr. John C. Pirtle, Superintendent, City Schools, Elizabethtown, Kentucky writes to congratulate Miss Settle on being "...the first member of your High School class to complete a course in a Senior College..." dated June 14, 1922. Items relating to her graduating ceremonies include a University of Kentucky College of Arts and Science Outline of Requirements for Graduation; a University of Kentucky invitation to the Fifty-fifth Annual Commencement Exercises for June Eleventh, June Twelfth, June Thirteenth, and June Fourteenth 1922. A program outlining the events schedule for each day is included. There is also a leather covered invitation in an envelope.

While the scrapbook ends in 1922 with her graduation, there are several items dated in the 1970s pertaining to Class Reunions. One is for her Fiftieth Class Reunion held in may 1972. There are newspaper articles from the Herald-Leader dated May 13, 1972 with a photograph and caption; and from the Enterprise dated May 18, 1972 covering the reunion as well.

One particular item of interest which reflects the current events of the period is the only letter she received from her father during her Senior year. The subject matter of the letter is the teaching of Evolution in the Kentucky school systems. The letter is dated January 25, 1922 and is three typed pages in length. Her father expresses that he is glad she is taking an interest in the subject and goes on to say "I want to say to you that evolution is a great study and it would be a calamity to have it discontinued in the schools of Kentucky, but I do think that the legislature should withhold any public moneys from the State University or any other institution asking for public moneys until they are sure that the teachers who undertake to interpret evolution do not make this an opportunity for a tirade against the Bible and Christianity."

The Hamilton College Book of Views is listed as the Hamilton College Bulletin, Volume XII, No. 2, August 1921; and was published quarterly by the Office of Hamilton College, Lexington, Kentucky. The subject matter ranges from exterior photographs of Alumnae Porch, Hamilton College Home, Morrison Hall, Gymnasium, and the Science Building. Interior photographs include Cross Hall, the Library, the Drawing Room, Student and Dean's Reception Rooms, Dining Hall, and classrooms. Additional photographs include Governor Morrow delivering the Fiftieth Anniversary Address, Commencement Procession, May Queen and Attendants, the May Day Dances, Cecilian Club Processional Easter Vespers, tennis courts, and scenes from theatre performances. The Bulletin is in excellent condition. It is sixteen pages in length and consists of thirty-three photographs.


  • Richerson, Susan Margaret Settle, 1900-1977.
  • Hamilton College.
  • University of Kentucky.
  • Lexington (Ky.)
  • Women -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • College students -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • College life -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Evolution -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Education -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Scrapbooks.

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