Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 07: Directors
Series 24: Books, Literary Productions, Related & Derived Literature & Bibliographies


TAGS: Katherine Pettit Book Collection; Katherine Pettit; wildflowers; Asia; birds; history of Kentucky; Presbyterian Church; geography; poems; geology; woodwork; mechanical drawing; gospel; Danish folk schools; forestry; folk plays; ballads; insect pests;

It is nearly impossible to determine the full scale of Katherine Pettit’s personal book collection as it is scattered among general books at Pine Mountain and also distributed to several distant locations such as her sister’s home on Gratz Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and other collections. At Pine Mountain, some books have survived with her name on either the outside or the inside of the book in her familiar script. Those books have been gathered under the “Katherine Pettit Book Collection” on this page. Some books are mentioned in her writing, but that list remains to be aggregated and is very incomplete. Early attempts were made to identify books held by Katherine Pettit and they have been set aside and are also included in the following list. While her name may not appear on those items, there may be other identifier or previous attribution and we have assumed the responsibility of placing the books in the “Katherine Pettit Book Collection.” It can be surmised that she held some personal copies of books also held by co-founder, Ethel de Long Zande but their interests did not necessarily overlap. Because there is uncertainty regarding provenance of some of the materials on this list, it must be used with caution as an indicator of Katherine Pettit’s reading tastes.

The most important lesson found in this small bibliography is the clear signal it sends regarding Katherine Pettit’s general interests. Her interests appear to be distinct from those of Ethel de Long and one can begin to form some ideas related to the division, and the overlap, of interests of the two co-founders of the School by a comparison of the two bibliographic lists.


How to Know the Wild Flowers; a Guide to the Names, Haunts, and Habits of Our Common Wild Flowers. New York, C. Scribner’s Sons, 1898, 1922. [Internet resource based on the very early publication].

Beck, Lily M. A. The Splendor of Asia; the Story and Teaching of the Buddha. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1926. Print.

Burgess, Thornton W, and Louis A. Fuertes. The Burgess Bird Book for Children. Boston: Little, Brown, 1925. Print.

Chapman, Maristan. The Happy Mountain. New York: Viking Press, 1928. Print.

Collins, Lewis, and Richard H. Collins. History of Kentucky. Louisville, Ky: John P. Morton & Co, 1924. Print.

Craig, Edward M. Highways and Byways of Appalachia: A Study of the Work of the Synod of Appalachia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. Kingsport, Tenn.: Kingsport Press, 1927. Print.

Davis, Darrell H. The Geography of the Mountains of Eastern Kentucky: A Reconnaissance Study of the Distribution and Activities of Man in That Part of the Cumberland Plateau, Embraced by the Commonwealth. Frankfort, Ky: Kentucky Geological Survey, 1924. Print.

Duncan, Fannie C. When Kentucky Was Young: Pen and Ink Sketches of Log Cabin Days from Virginia Ownership to Kentucky Statehood. Louisville, Ky: J.P. Morton & Co, 1928. Print.

Fuson, Henry H. The Pinnacle, and Other Kentucky Mountain Poems. Louisville, Ky: J.P. Morton & Co, 1921. Print.

Gardner, James H, F. J. Fohs, and August F. Foerste. Clays in Several Parts of Kentucky: With Some Account of Sands, Marls and Limestones. 1. Kaolins and Plastic Clays on the Eastern Rim of the Western Coalfield; Notes on Clays in the Western, Lead, Zinc and Spar District (F.J. Fohs); Clays and Sands of Jackson’s Purchase; Clays in the Red River Valley, by James H. Gardner. Ii. Clays of Silurian, Devonian, Waverly and Irvine Formations. by Aug F. Foerste. Iii. Analyses of Miscellaneous Kentucky Clays. Louisville: Printed by the Geo. G. Fetter Co, 1905. Print.

Griffith, Ira S. Correlated Courses in Woodwork and Mechanical Drawing, by Ira S. Griffith. Peoria, Ill., Manual Arts Press, 1917. Print.

Guerrant, Edward O. The Galax Gatherers: The Gospel Among the Highlanders. Richmond, VA: Onward Press, 1910. Print.

Hart, Joseph K. Light from the North: The Danish Folk Highschools, Their Meanings for America. New York: H. Holt and Co, 1927. Print.

Butts, Charles, Willard R. Jillson, and Arthur M. Q. Miller. The Mineral and Forest Resources of Kentucky: V. I, Series V, No. 3. October 1, 1919. Frankfort, Ky, 1919. Print.

Kinkead, Elizabeth S. A History of Kentucky. New York, Cincinnati: American Book Co, 1896. Print.

Koch, Frederick H. Carolina Folk-Plays. Edited with an Introduction … by F.h. Koch, Etc. [with Plates.]. Henry Holt & Co: New York, 1922. Print.

Mackenzie, W R. The Quest of the Ballad. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1919. Print.arshall, R B.

Marshall, R B. Spirit Leveling in Kentucky, 1914 to 1916, Inclusive. 1918. Internet resource.

Masefield, John. Poems: 1. New-York: Macmillan, 1925. Print.

Masefield, John. Poems: 2. New-York: Macmillan, 1925. Print.

Mathews, F S, and Maxwell Anderson. Field Book of American Trees and Shrubs: A Concise Description of the Character and Color of Species Common Throughout the United States, Together with Maps Showing Their General Distribution. New York: G.P. Putnam’s, 1915. Print.

Miller, Arthur M. Q. The Geology of Kentucky: A Classified Compend of State Reports and Other Publications, with Critical Comment Based on Original Investigations. Frankfort: Dept. of Geology and Forestry, 1919. Print.

Morley, Margaret W. The Carolina Mountains. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913. Print.

O’Faoláin, Seán. A Nest of Simple Folk. New York: Viking Press, 1934. Print.

Song Ballads and Other Songs of the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Pine Mountain Settlement School: Pine Mountain Settlement School Print Shop, 1923. Print.

Procter, John R. Kentucky Geological Survey and Bureau of Immigration, John R. Procter, Director: Report on the Progress of the Survey from January 1884, to January 1886. Frankfort, Ky: Capital Office, John D. Woods, Public Printer and Binder, 1886. Print.

Roosevelt, Theodore. The Winning of the West. (vol. 1). New York: Putnam’s, 1889. Print.

Roosevelt, Theodore. The Winning of the West. New York: Putnam’s, 1889. Print.

Sanderson, E.D. Insect Pests of Farm, Garden, and Orchard. N. York, 1915. Print.

Shaler, Nathaniel S. Kentucky: A Pioneer Commonwealth. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1884. Print.

Shaler, Nathaniel S. History of the Operations of the Survey in 1874 and 1875. Place of publication not identified: Geological Survey of Kentucky, 1870. Print.

Vaughn, Laurence M. Just the Little Story of Cumberland Gap. Middlesboro, Ky: Middlesboro Chamber of Commerce, 1927. Print.

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Dr. IDA AND Rev. ROBERT STAPLETON (Correspondence w/ Pettit)