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Hindman Settlement School Records,1899-1977

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Hindman Settlement School Records




Berea College Special CollectionsBerea, Kentucky 40404

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[Identification of item], Hindman Settlement School Records, KYSX212-A, 1899-1977Special Collections, Berea College, Berea, Ky.


1.2 lin. ft.


Hindman Settlement School was founded by May Stone and Katherine Pettit at Hindman in Knott County, Kentucky in 1902. Its original name was the Women's Christian Temperance Union Settlement School. The curriculum was patterned after that of Jane Addams's Hull House in Chicago, which emphasized community activities and training in crafts. In 1919, the school had twenty buildings, including a hospital, a power house, dormitories, and classroom buildings, on 255 acres.

The School continued to play a significant role in education and in the general development of Knott County during the 1920s and 1930s. As the county school system developed and then consolidated, Hindman's role as an educational institution diminished. It later operated as a conference center.

Scope and Content

Materials include correspondence, copies of reports and circular letters from Hindman, and copies of Katherine Pettit's diaries, all of which relate to the history and development of the School.

Included is original Pettit correspondence with Berea Presidents William Goodell Frost and William J. Hutchins; photocopies of Pettit and Stone diaries (1899 - 1901) kept during summer visits to the Hindman area prior to the founding of the School; copies of biographical materials relating to Hindman instructors Ann Cobb and Lucy Furman, Hindman director Elizabeth Watts, and graduate Josiah Combs; copies of ballads and folk music collected by Pettit (n.d.); and clippings files. Also present are letters from Pettit, Stone, and others written as reports on School activities and progress. These are filed as annual letters (1904 - 1908) and reports (1908 - 1923).

Unpublished inventory/register.

These are miscellaneous documents collected over a number of years by the library staff of Berea College. Most are duplicates of records from the archives of Hindman Settlement School, which were loaned for photocopying.


  • Appalachia -- Ballads
  • Appalachia -- Music, folk
  • Women -- Personal narratives
  • Settlement workers -- Personal narratives
  • Appalachia -- Social work
  • Knott County, Kentucky -- Schools, settlement
  • Knott County, Kentucky -- Education
  • Appalachia -- Schools, settlement
  • Women -- Settlement workers
  • Appalachia -- Social action
  • Schools, settlement -- Hindman Settlement School
  • Hindman, Kentucky -- Hindman Settlement School

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