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


Dear Friend Brochure from Burton Rogers, 1965 May 24, cover. [1965May24BurtonRogerstoFriend-scaled.jpg]

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 and urgent needs. 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), or those mentioned in the letter. 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 processed.

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

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Katherine Pettit (1913-1930)
and Ethel de Long Zande (1913-1928)

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 pending

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 from Ethel de Long.

1915 June & November from Ethel de Long and William Creech. (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) from Ethel de Long.

1917 January from Ethel de Long.

1918 May & October from Ethel de Long Zande. Coal camps begin to impact the lives of families in Harlan County and education at PMSS.

1919

1920 June from Ethel de Long Zande.

1921 March from Ethel de Long Zande.

1922 [NO CONTENT]

1923 February from Ethel de Long Zande.

1924 April from Ethel de Long Zande.

1925 April – From Ethel de Long Zande

1926 May – [missing last page]

1927 April – From Ethel de Long Zande

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Angela Melville, Interim Director (1928-1930)
and Evelyn K. Wells, Interim Director (1931)

1928 April – From Evelyn K. Wells

1929 April- From Angela Melville

1930 April & May – From Angela Melville

1931 April – From Evelyn K. Wells “for the Board of Trustees”

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Glyn A. Morris (1931-1942)

1932 April

1933 March

1934 March

1935 April

1936 March

1937 April

1938 March

1939 [month not specified]

1940 March

1941 April

1942 April

DEAR FRIEND Letters From William D. Webb, Acting Director (1942-1944)

1943 May

1944 April

DEAR FRIEND Letters from H.R.S. Benjamin (1944-1949)

1945 April

1946 April

1947 April

1948 April

DEAR FRIEND Letter from James S. Crutchfield, Trustee

1949 June

DEAR FRIEND Letters & Brochures from Burton Rogers (1949-1973)

1950 April Letter (draft and final versions) and Brochure

1951 Louisville Courier-Journal Article about PMSS and Brochure

1952 April and December Letters; July Brochure

1953 November Letter and 3 Brochures (one is dated April)

1954 December Letter

1955 December Letter and Brochure

1956 May Letter

1957 April and December Letters

1958 June and Thanksgiving Letters
June – 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 May and December Letters

1960 May and December Letters

1961 May and November Letters

1962 May and December Letters

1963 March, May, August, September, Thanksgiving Letters

1964 Jan, May, Nov (from Burton Rogers), Dec (from author Rebecca Caudill Ayars)

1965 May and November Letters & Brochures

1966 May and December Letters

1967 April and December Letters and a Brochure

1968 May and November Letters

1969 May and November Letters

1970 June and November Letters

1971 May Letter and December Brochure

1972

1973

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Alvin Boggs 1973-1983

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

DEAR FRIEND Letters from James & Carol Urquhart 1983-1986

1983

1984

1985

1986

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Paul Hayes 1986-1996

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Mildred Mahoney 1996-1997

1996

1997

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Robin Lambert 1997-2001

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

DEAR FRIEND Letters from William Caudill 2001

2001

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Nancy Adams 2002-2013

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Penne Lane & Miriam Pride 2014-2015

2014

2015

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Geoff E. Marietta 2015-2019

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

DEAR FRIEND Letters from Preston Lewis 2019-

2019

2020