EDUCATION Southern Industrial Educational Association Correspondence

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 13: EDUCATION
Southern Industrial Educational Association Correspondence
March – December 1921

012a Promotional pamphlet for the Southern Industrial Educational Association (NY Auxiliary), c. 1921. Page 2.   so_indust_ed_assoc_papers_012a

EDUCATION Southern Industrial Educational Association Correspondence, March 3, 1921 – December 10, 1921

TAGS: Southern Industrial Educational Association correspondence, SIEA, New York Auxiliary of the SIEA, Pennsylvania Auxiliary of the SIEA, educational associations, industrial education, donations, Augusta S. Stone, Miss Douglas, Miss Large, mountain crafts, fundraising, Miss Mary Atkins, demonstration houses, extension teachers

The following images depict letters dated 1921 between Katherine Pettit and Ethel de Long Zande, PMSS co-directors, and representatives of the Southern Industrial Educational Association (SIEA), headquartered in Washington, DC, and its New York and Pennsylvania auxiliaries. For the 21 years of its existence, the national association worked to improve education and medical conditions in southern Appalachia. The New York Auxiliary of SIEA promoted industrial education in the southern mountains and, along with the national association, assisted Pine Mountain in several ways, as described in the correspondence. Notably, in 1921 the SIEA Auxiliary in New York donated $1000 in honor of Mrs. Mary Mildred Sullivan toward the construction of Practice House (Country Cottage).

CONTENTS: Southern Industrial Educational Association Correspondence

[Note: Letters from PMSS staff in the PMSS Collections are carbon copies, typewritten, unsigned, and meant for the Office files. The original signed documents were sent to the correspondents. The initials at the bottom left of most PMSS letters indicate the writer (along with initials of the secretary). For example, “EZ” are the initials for Ethel de Long Zande, “KP” refers to Katherine Pettit, and “EKW” to Evelyn K. Wells. Letters from others are typewritten originals unless specified otherwise. The following list of contents is in chronological order and not necessarily in the order of the image numbers.]

002 February 8, 1921. To Miss Keck, Southern Industrial Educational Association from [unsigned], enclosing an annual subscription card and literature to pass on to an interested person. Thanks Miss Keck for the $125 gift, sent through the SIEA.

001 March 3, 1921. To Ethel de Long Zande (PMSS Director) from Mrs. Augusta S. Stone, National Headquarters, Southern Industrial Educational Association, Inc. (SIEA), Washington, DC, received Zande’s letter “in regard to Miss Wells.” Miss Douglas will not return to PMSS this summer, deciding on returning to “Smiths” instead. Asks if PMSS is interested in SIEA’s sending Miss Large to PMSS, who teaches weaving and basketry.

003 March 9, 1921. To Stone from EZ (Zande), who suggests that SIEA meet with Wells while she is in DC to speak before the Women’s College Club. PMSS would like SIEA to send Miss Large to teach weaving and basketry, since the School has no available funds to do so otherwise. Zande needs to check with Miss Pettit before making definite plans.
004 [DUPLICATE OF IMAGE #003 in reverse.]

005 April 22, 1921. To Stone from KP (Pettit), expressing appreciation for her $200 gift from the NY Auxiliary of the SIEA. Tells of mumps and measles epidemics at PMSS.

006 September 20, 1921. To Stone from Evelyn K. Wells, Secretary, thanking her for sending a gift of $25 from Miss Burkham.

007 October 12, 1921. Handwritten letter to Wells from Kate W(?). Rowland, Chairman, Arts and Crafts, Philadelphia Auxiliary SIEA, asking if Wells could send “some of your weavings” to include in their November sale. She has sent a check for the dulcimer.

008 October 19, 1921. To Stone from [unsigned], asking if SIEA could “help us equip our kitchen for our cooking classes and pay the salary of the cooking teacher, Miss Mary Atkins. The letter describes Atkins’ background and the work she’s already doing at PMSS and will do at Line Fork Settlement in the spring.

009 October 25, 1921. To Stone from KP (Pettit), Thanking SIEA for an “outright gift” of $200. “If you can’t sell the blankets I sent you” she suggests sending them to Mrs. Rowland [Philadelphia Auxiliary], who could use them for their sale. Asks Stone how many yards of cotton counterpane material she needs.

010 November 17, 1921. To Stone from Wells, sending a receipt for $75.

011-011c N.D. Four-page handwritten letter to Zande from Mrs (?) B. Bell, [011] asking for samples of Pine Mountain weaving in “lindsey-woolsey and linen if the workers are weaving in flax.” [011b] Inspired by the enclosed appeal, Bell is raising “a little money” for the Demonstration House. [011a] The funds would come from the Auxiliary. [011c] Asks this to be confidential.

012 N.D. Page 1 of a pamphlet from the “New York Auxiliary of the Southern Industrial Education Association. Organized to promote Industrial Education in the Southern Mountains. President; Mrs. Algeron S. Sullivan, Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Eugene Frayer; Treasurer, Mrs. Juan Cebellos.” Includes Subscription Blank for donations.

012 N.D. Page 2 (reverse side) of a pamphlet from the New York Auxiliary of the Southern Industrial Education Association, describing the association’s work in paying salaries of Industrial Teachers and sending Extension Teachers into the field. It also describes the need for Demonstration Cottages and asks for donations.

013-013a November 18, 1921 Two-page letter to Bell from EZ (Zande) who is “delighted that our idea of a demonstration cottage at Pine Mountain” has inspired Bell to start one to train girls in home-making. Zande hopes that such a cottage would be installed at PMSS, if the $1000 can be raised. PMSS hasn’t “made any linsey yet…and have only a few blankets and some cotton counterpane material to show so far for this ‘infant industry.’”


019 December 10, 1921. To Stone from KP (Pettit), who thanks Stone for paying nearly $1800 a month salary for Miss Bilbrey, a PMSS worker. “The blankets are improving all the time, and we shall send you the first lot….” She hopes to hear from Stone about helping out with Miss Atkins at Line Fork.


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PUBLICATIONS RELATED 1921 Quarterly Magazine of the Southern Industrial Educational Association