DEAR FRIEND LETTERS Index

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 17: PMSS Publications (Published by the School)

DEAR FRIEND LETTERS Index


TAGS: Dear Friend Letters Index, fund-raising, newsletters, updates, group mailings, Ethel de Long Zande


The DEAR FRIEND LETTERS of Pine Mountain Settlement School are used to keep former students, trustees, and friends of the institution informed regarding the activities of the School and to solicit financial support for institutional programming and physical facilities. The periodical letters which generally begin with “Dear Friend,” generally 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 financial health of the School. Most importantly, they are tools for raising operational and endowment money for the School. The letters or flyers are generally brief and their format is irregular depending on the Director’s guidance. The Dear Friend Letter is mailed in addition to the more broadly disseminated NOTES (Notes from the Pine Mountain Settlement School, 1919 – 2001). Also, like NOTES, the DEAR FRIEND LETTERS were generally mailed several times a year.

While the frequency and format of the DEAR FRIEND LETTERS, varies with the Director’s instruction, they remain a key document for tracing the history and development of the institution. 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 and often specific to programming. 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 broad and generic reporting on the activity of the institution.

Personal correspondence of workers is generally not found here but many biographical details of staff and students can be found woven into the letter dialog. If biographical information of a staff member or a student is included it is generally brief and additional biographical material may be sought by consulting the individual BIOGRAPHY of the Director (sender) and/or the receiver of the correspondence (if indicated). Yet, considerable information may often be gleaned about members of the community and the staff of the institution through the consistent publication of DEAR FRIEND LETTERS. Historical highlights of the year may also be found in the letter narratives.

The following list is a partial accounting of the DEAR FRIEND LETTERS and a few accompanying or associated mailings. Not all years are represented and these will be updated as additional DEAR FRIEND LETTERS are scanned and added. The years following the end of the Boarding School years are presently sparse, but more will be added as they are located. Letters prior to 1913, the year of the founding of the School represent fund-raising efforts prior to and during the establishment of the institution.


INDEX of DEAR FRIEND LETTERS

1911 [Ethel de Long from Hindman Settlement School] – 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, samples the climate for the creation of the new school in Harlan County.

1912

1913 October & November – Letters by Ethel de Long and Katherine Pettit describing the early days of building the School and future plans that will need funding, particularly plans for hog-proof fencing. An enclosure titled, “Sammy,” by Evangeline Bishop is a narrative from the pigs’ point of view.

1914 January & November

1915 June & November (Also: REPORTS AND LETTERS 1914 and 1915 [private])

1916 April & September (RE: the seven Callahan children; a letter associated with the September 15, 1916, mailing)

1917 January

1918 May & October

1919

1920 June

1921 March

1922 [NO LETTER]

1923 February

1924 April

1925 April

1926 May

1927 April

1928 April

1929 April

1930 April & May

1931 April

1932 April

1933 March

1934 March

1935 April

1936 March

1937 April

1938 March

1939

1940 March

1941 April

1942 April

1943 May

1944 April

1945 April

1946 April

1947 April

1948 April

1949

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

1957

1958
Burton Rogers reports on the upcoming closure of the Pine Mountain Hospital and the rationale for its discontinuance. He pays homage to the 45 years of service of the medical facilities at the School while noting that the new 20-mile blacktop road to Harlan allows more rapid access to medical services, Further, the shortage of nurses made staffing difficult at PMSS. He describes a plan for a new shared program with the Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency to house and educate a small group of children from the region in the School’s facilities.

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997 December

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020