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Richard Alexander Edwards Papers,1822-1974

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Title

Richard Alexander Edwards Papers

Date

1822-1974

Repository

Eastern Kentucky University ArchivesRichmond, Kentucky 40475-3102

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Richard Alexander Edwards Papers, 97A4, University Archives, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond.

Extent

3.15 cubic feet, 5,250 items, 5 boxes and 2 oversize boxes

Biography/History

Richard Alexander Edwards was born January 16, 1884, in Graves County, Kentucky. He taught in Graves County rural schools from 1902 to 1906. After receiving his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Kentucky in 1910, he worked as principal of Trimble County High School until 1914. From 1914 to 1918 he served as superintendent of Morganfield City Schools in Union County. He was employed by Eastern Kentucky State Normal School on September 1, 1918, as the director of the Training School. After winning the General Education Board Scholarship he studied at Columbia University, receiving his Master of Arts in 1925.

Richard A. Edwards was a member of the National Education Association (NEA), National Society for Supervisors of Student Teaching, and the Kentucky Education Association (KEA). He was appointed by Governor Fields to the State Textbook Commission and served from 1924 to1928. From 1948 to 1951 he was on the State Personnel Council, having been appointed by Governor Clements.

Edwards initiated many programs in his career. In 1915 he helped organize the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. While principal at Trimble County and superintendent at Morganfield, he created sports teams. In 1926 Edwards organized Richmond's first permanent Boy Scout troop in the Model High School. He also wrote several books; Looking Back and Walters Collegiate Institute.

Edwards also had several articles published ranging in topic from the history of Kentucky, to education, to bee-keeping. Richard A. Edwards retired in 1954 after working at Eastern for thirty-six years. On May 25, 1964, Edwards won the Eastern Founders Merit Award, proving his lasting effects on the University. After retirement, Mr. Edwards spent many years working in the Crabbe Library binding books in the Townsend Room and organizing the University's first archives. It is obvious from R.A. Edwards's correspondence that he was respected. He gave advice freely. He was well liked by his colleagues. Thirty-eight fellow teachers signed a proclamation honoring him.

R.A. Edwards was married to Mildred Pauline Cook. They had two children Stephen Edwards, and M. Josephine Edwards. Richard Edwards died on October 8, 1982, and is buried in theRichmond Cemetery.

Scope and Content

The Richard Alexander Edwards Collection contains documents from Mr. Edwards, and early documents of the Cook/Gatewood families, of which Pauline Cook, Edwards's wife, is a descendant. In addition to these family documents dating back to the early 19th century, there are scrapbooks of farm records and daily life. R.A. Edwards added to the scrapbook collection with notes on bee-keeping. Edwards saved many notes and compositions from his school days that are included in this collection. He also left teaching materials from his time teaching in rural schools, as well as at Eastern Kentucky State College. Finally, this collection contains memorabilia--certificates, diplomas, invitations, Christmas cards and various other remembrances that have been placed in a box of miscellaneous papers. The collection is not only useful for historical research, but also for a look at the life of a Kentucky student and educator in the early 20th century. Also in this series is a collection of letters pertaining to Edwards's work. This is useful for determining his concerns as an educator.

Collection Inventory

Farm Series
Scope and Content Note:

The Farm Series consists of one box of materials relating to farm management. This series contains scrapbooks of farming records. Dating from 1882 to 1970, they record information about two farms. Eventually R.A. Edwards began farming the land, so he added to the scrapbooks. In addition to farming he raised honey bees, and a scrapbook on bees is included in this series. The records are a good source of information on prices, farming schedules, and farm layout. The series is arranged in chronological order.

Farm Record Book of James B. Cook, 1838-1912 Bedford, Ky
[box: 1]
Gatewood and Cook - Family Record Book
[box: 1]
Farming/Cookplace Land Records 1822-1937
[box: 1]
Farming Cookplace by RAE 1937-1948
[box: 1]
Edwards Beekeeping Records 1941-[1970]
[box: 1]
Honey Bees
[box: 1]
Miscellaneous Series
Scope and Content Note:

The Miscellaneous Series is composed of one box of a wide range of documents. There is a folder giving the family history of R.A. Edwards all the way back to 1669.The series also contains memorabilia collected by Edwards. Name cards, dance cards, Christmas cards, and other pieces with sentimental value are kept here. This series shows apersonal side of Richard Alexander Edwards. The series is arranged in chronological order.

Thomas Edwards (1669-1715) and his descendants
[box: 2]
Richard Alexander Edwards Memorabilia 1909-1964
[box: 2]
Diplomas and Certificates 1914-1970
[box: 2]
Diplomas and Certificates 1905-1974
[box: 2]
Student Series
Scope and Content Note:

The Student Series is composed of two boxes of R.A. Edwards's student notes. Contained in this series are compositions, class notes from the sciences (Botany, Zoology, Sociology, Psychology), and exercises for Education classes (Educational Statistics, Tests and Measurements), dating from 1904-1959. Edwards was clearly a good student, and by looking at his notes one can see his study methods. His interests are also clearly seen by reading his compositions. The series is arranged in chronological order.

Compositions Richard A. Edwards Bowling Green, Ky 1904
[box: 3]
Schloss Bros. and Co. Bowling Green, Ky., Small yearbook 1905
[box: 3]
Scripture, Schoolboy Compositions, Essays, Speeches, Bulletins, etc., 1905-1959
[box: 3]
Botany 1907
[box: 3]
Educational Statistics
[box: 3]
Zoology
[box: 4]
Sociology
[box: 4]
Psychology
[box: 4]
Tests and Measurements
[box: 4]
Subject Series I
Scope and Content Note:

The subject series is composed of one box of materials. Miss Mildred H. Cookkept a scrapbook from 1847-1929. She kept newspaper clippings. There are many jokes, poems, and social announcements. This scrapbook could be useful for finding birth and death announcements. The scrapbook is in chronological order.

Letters and Accounts of Archibald Bain 1823-1882
[box: 5]
Alexander Cook 1855-1918
[box: 5]
Charles B. Cook receipts 1826-1889
[box: 5]
Charles B. Cook receipts 1854-1862
[box: 5]
Charles B. Cook receipts 1863-1889
[box: 5]
Correspondence Cook Family Daughters 1857-1880
[box: 5]
Cook Family Daughters Correspondence 1880-1883
[box: 5]
G. Homer Cook Letters and Notes 1875-1894
[box: 5]
G. Homer Cook Receipts 1862-1897
[box: 5]
James B. Cook Correspondence 1853-1873
[box: 5]
James B. Cook Correspondence 1861-1866
[box: 5]
James B. Cook 1867-1905
[box: 5]
William G. Cook Correspondence 1855-1873
[box: 5]
William G. Cook Correspondence 1873-1891
[box: 5]
William G. Cook Letters and Receipts 1891-1911
[box: 5]
Notes of William Gatewood 1820-1832
[box: 5]
William Gatewood Notes 1832-1834
[box: 5]
Notes of William Gatewood 1835-1840
[box: 5]
Subject Series II
Scope and Content Note:

This series contains the correspondence of Richard Alexander Edwards from 1902 to 1974 in one box. Most of the correspondence regards professional questions. This gives the researcher a good idea of Edwards's projects and when he worked on them. There is a bound index to these letters included in the box. The series is arranged in chronological order.

Correspondence 1902
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1904-1910
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1910
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1910-1911
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1911-1914
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1914-1918
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1918-1924
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1923-1924
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1923-1924
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1924
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1924
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1924
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1924-1926
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1925-1926
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1926
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1926-1927
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1927
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1928
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1928
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1928-1929
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1929-1930
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1930-1931
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1931-1933
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1933-1935
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1935-1939
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1939-1944
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1944-1948
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1948-1952
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1952-1954
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1954-1959
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1961-1964
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1964-1967
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1968-1970
[box: 6]
Correspondence 1970-1974
[box: 6]
Subject Series III
Scope and Content Note:

The Subject Series consists of one box containing the Cook/Gatewood Family documents. Most of the documents in this series are letters from four brothers; George Homer Cook, James B. Cook, William G. Cook, and Alexander Cook. They were sons of Charles B.Cook and Sarah Gatewood. The letters and receipts in this series tell a story of farm life from 1820 to about 1911. The series is arranged in alphabetical order by name of correspondent, and then in chronological order.

Scrapbook of Miss Mildred H. Cook 1847-1929
[box: 7]
Teacher Series
Scope and Content Note:

Teacher's Register and Grade Book of R.A. Edwards 1903-1906. A Manual for Observation and Method Teaching and Student Teaching 1928. Syllabus for Fundamentals of Secondary Education 1939.

Teacher's Register and Grade Book of R.A. Edwards 1903-1906
[box: 8]
A Manual for Observation and Method Teaching and Student Teaching 1928
[box: 8]
Syllabus for Fundamentals of Secondary Education 1939
[box: 8]

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