DEAR FRIEND LETTERS – INDEX

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 17A: Publications – Publicity and Fund-Raising
DEAR FRIENDS LETTERS – INDEX

The DEAR FRIEND LETTERS of Pine Mountain Settlement School were used to solicit financial support from friends and the board and to keep them informed regarding the activities of the School. The periodical letters which generally begin with “Dear Friend”, contain a running account of additions to the built environment; additions of staff or departures of workers; donations; events of importance to the School or community; educational program updates; biographical information of individuals associated with the School; and economic indicators for those interested in the School. Most important, they were tools for raising money for the School. They were in addition to the more broadly disseminated NOTES. Also, like NOTES, the DEAR FRIEND LETTERS were generally mailed several times a year.

The frequency of the DEAR FRIEND LETTERSm however, varied with the Director. The LETTERS were more frequent in the early development years of the settlement school and were largely written by Ethel de Long [Zande] until her death in 1928. These early letters reflect her ability to tug at the heart-strings of donors and are an intimate and often personal reflection of the early activity of the School. Later letters are more generic. Also, in later years the Directors generally elected to use NOTES as the main vehicle for communication and fund-raising and some of the candid commentary found in the DEAR FRIEND LETTERS is lost in the more generic communication format.

Note that personal correspondence of workers is not found here but is with the BIOGRAPHY of the sender and/or the receiver of the correspondence.

The following list is a partial accounting of the DEAR FRIEND LETTERS and associated group mailings and will be updated as additional DEAR FRIEND LETTERS are scanned and added.

1911 [Ethel de Long from Hindman]

An unusually early letter that sought money to begin Pine Mountain Settlement School. The letter, written by Ethel de Long while she was still at Hindman Settlement School, seems to sample the climate for the creation of the new school in Harlan County.

1912

1913

November,

1914

January
November

1915

June
November

1916

April
September

November  (7 Callahan children ; I.W.R Brown ; LETTER ASSOCIATED WITH September 15, 1916 mailing
RE: Callahan Children 

1917

January

1918

May
October

1919

1920

June

1921 

March

1922 – no letter

1923

February

1924

April

1925

January
April

1926

May

1927

April

1928

April

1929

April

1930

April

1931

April

1932

April

1933

March

1934

March

1935

April

1936

March

1937

April

1938

March

1939 – no letter

1940

1941

April

1942

March

1943

May

1944

April

1945

April

1946

April

1947

1948

April