Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – Personnel/Staff

Frances Lavender, Nurse, 1918 – 1919

TAGS: Frances Lavender ; Mrs. Rex Truman ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; nurses ; donors ; photograph albums ; Dear Friend letters ; Ethel de Long Zande

Frances Lavender came to Pine Mountain as part of the nursing staff in 1918 and stayed for one year. Like many staff at the School she served in several functions. Also, like many of the workers at Pine Mountain, her stay was short but formative for life. She never forgot the brief time spent at the School and remained in contact with Pine Mountain, particularly with Ethel de Long in the years before de Long’s death, and later with other staff.

She was apparently from Pennsylvania and may possibly have trained in education at the University of Texas. Little is known of her early education or how she came to Pine Mountain. Any additional information would be appreciated. Box 29: Director’s Files – Personnel contains a file that carries her correspondence spanning the years 1928, 1932-1935, 1944, and 1946. Individual items remain to be scanned.

The waning years of her life were spent in Pasadena, California, where she moved following her marriage to Rex Truman. She had children and, at her direction, her descendants passed along her photograph album to the School.

Following her departure from Pine Mountain Settlement School, as a staunch supporter of the School she made many contributions, generally small in scale, but consistent for the length of her life. Letters of correspondence with Ethel de Long and others are testimony to her ongoing fondness for the School and its formative influence on her life. Her commitment to the institution was unwavering and just prior to her death her photograph album was given to the School.


A small photograph album containing intimate images of Lavender at the School and the many community members with whom she worked. The album is exceptional in its level of photographic description and the annotations can be used to identify many members of the School staff and the community of service.

Frances Lavender Album. The Alec Day Family. Oct. 1918. [lave0471.jpg]


This page provides links to letters that Frances Lavender had collected and added to her album of photographs. The letters report on the activities of the School and the efforts to fund programs over the course of some thirty years. Many are form letters (“Dear Friend” letters) soliciting donations to the School and detailing the progress the School made during specific years.


Frances Lavender


Mrs. Rex Truman ; Mrs. Frances Lavender Truman ;




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Frances Lavender ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Frances Lavender ; Mrs. Rex Truman ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Ethel de Long Zande ; nurses ; donors ; photograph albums ; Dear Friend letters

Subject LCSH

Lavender, Frances.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Nurses — Kentucky.
Nurses — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Appalachians (People) — Medical care.
History of Medicine, 20th Cent — Kentucky.


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Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY




Collections ; text ; image ;


Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet


Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel




Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel.

Coverage Temporal

1918 – 1919

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Pennsylvania ; Texas ; Pasadena, CA ;


Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Frances Lavender Family


Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Frances Lavender ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Frances Lavender ;




“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.

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Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;

Last Updated

2008-06-30 hhw ; 2015-03-06 hhw ; 2015-09-09 hhw ; 2018-04-06 aae



FRANCES LAVENDER – CORRESPONDENCE AND EPHEMERA. Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

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