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Pine Mountain Settlement School Letters,1926-1939 (bulk: 1926-1933)

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Pine Mountain Settlement School Letters


1926-1939 (bulk: 1926-1933)


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

Conditions Governing Access note

Access at KHS only. Use microfilm, transcriptions or images when available.

For microfilmed copies see Family Collection: Pine Mountain Settlement School Letters.

Associated Materials / Related Records

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Pine Mountain Settlement School Letters, 1926-1939 (bulk: 1926-1933), 97SC07,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


29 items


Most of the documents were created by Dr. Ida Stapleton. She and her husband, Rev. Robert Stapleton, after spending twenty-five years as missionaries in Turkey, volunteered for further service at one of the medical outposts of the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Their outpost was known as "Line Fork Settlement" or just "The Cabin." According to the history included in the collection, "on the night of their arrival there was a `shooting' and the doctor treated her first patient. The letters begin a few weeks after they arrived at the station.

Scope and Content

There are two folders of records for the Pine Mountain Settlement School collections. One folder contains letters written by Dr Ida S. Stapleton to friends around the country. These letters provide insight into the everyday lives and the events that occurred to the inhabitants of Harlan County, Kentucky, during the late 1920s and 1930s. The second folder contains printed articles, a typescript on the history of the School, two photographs of the school, and transcripts of letters.

Arrangement: Chronological

Variant Name: Ida S. Stapleton Letters

Provenance: Richard J. Hathaway; State Library, Lansing, Michigan 48913.


  • Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, KY)
  • Rural health services--Kentucky--Pine Mountain
  • Stapleton, Ida S.

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