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 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 mailed several times a year.
The frequency of the DEAR FRIEND LETTERS varied with the Directors. 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 public 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 the 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.
7 Callahan children ; I.W.R Brown ;
LETTER ASSOCIATED WITH September 15, 1916 mailing
RE: Callahan Children
1922 – no letter
1939 – no letter