Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel
Gerna Campbell Staff
GERNA CAMPBELL Staff
Teacher & Principal 1953 – 1965
Principal of the Pine Mountain Settlement Community School, 1953-65
In 1953, Gerna Campbell was hired as principal of the Community School, a day-school elementary education program which was instituted in 1950 following the closure of the Boarding High School program in 1949. In his letter to Ruby Yocum Thatcher, dated May 27, 1954, he offers the former PMSS teacher a position in the Community School and also provides substantial information regarding the many accommodations necessary in the transition to the new School.
He was also a sixth-grade teacher at the School from 1953 until 1965.
His wife Cora Lee Campbell was also a PMSS teacher. During their years at PMSS, Gerna and Cora Campbell and their daughter, Barbara Campbell, lived in Doctor’s Cottage (also known as Jubilee House).
As of the 1930 United States Census, Gerna Campbell was living in River, Letcher County, Kentucky. He was born c. 1916 in Kentucky to John and Arminta Campbell. He had four siblings: Arthur, Grace, Eunice and Louisa.
GALLERY: GERNA CAMPBELL Staff
|Creator||Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY|
|Alt. Creator||Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt|
|Gerna Campbell ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ;
PMSS workers, teachers ; Cora Campbell ; Barbara
Campbell ;1930 US Census ; John Campbell ; Arminta
|Subject LCSH||Campbell, Gerna, — 1916 – ?.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.)
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
|Publisher||Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY|
|Type||Collections ; text ; image ;|
|Format||Original and copies of documents and correspondence
in file folders in filing cabinet.
|Source||Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel|
|Relation||Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School
Collections, Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel.
|1916 – 1965|
|Pine Mountain (Harlan County), KY ; River
(Letcher County), KY ;
|Rights||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.
|Description||Core documents, correspondence, writings and
administrative papers created by or addressed to
Gerna Campbell; clippings, photographs, publications,
illustrations by or about Gerna Campbell.
|Citation||“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series
Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement
School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain
Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.
|Processed By||Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;|
|Last Updated||2017-05-11 aae ; 2019-05-29 aae ; 2019-06-03 aae ; 2022-01-16 hhw|
|Bibliography||Campbell, Gerna. An Evaluation of the Pine Mountain
School. OCLC #51567694. 1963. Print.
Campbell, Gerna, and Melanie Zuercher. Gerna
Campbell Interview. 1982. Sound recording.
|Source(s)||Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive Collection.
Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.
“United States Census, 1930,” database with images,
accessed 11 May 2017), Gerna Campbell in
household of John Campbell, River, Letcher, Ky ,
United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 17,
sheet 17B, line 96, family 309, NARA microfilm
publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National
Archives and Records Administration, 2002).