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Hindman Settlement School, Inc. (Hindman, KY 41822-0844)
Brett Ratliff (Project Director: April 2017 to present)

Hindman Settlement School Archives Preservation Project

A preservation assessment and purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for a collection of 31,000 photographs, oral histories, manuscripts, and other sources documenting the history and culture of the Appalachian region from the early 1900s to the present.  The project would also encompass a workshop for Hindman School staff on the care and handling of archival collections.  Highlights include published and unpublished writings from authors participating in the annual Appalachian Writers Workshop, hosted by the school for the past 40 years. Notable among these writers are Harriette Arnow (1908–1986), author of the 1954 novel, The Dollmaker, and a founding member of a writing collective at Hindman; Silas House (1971- ), novelist, playwright, and NEH-Endowed Chair for Appalachian Studies at Berea College; and James Still (1906-2001), former poet laureate of Kentucky.

Hindman Settlement School will engage a professional conservator to provide a general preservation needs assessment for the institution’s historical archives and special collections. The collection, consisting of an estimated 31,000 photographs, recordings, manuscripts, oral histories, and other objects, represents more than 115 years of the history and culture of the central Appalachian region, specifically eastern Kentucky. Items in the collection cover a variety of topics including the progressive education movement in rural America during the early 20th century, folk music and dance traditions, Appalachian literature and poetry, historical documentation of the region and the institution, and other related fields. In addition to an assessment, the grant will also support the purchase of data loggers to enable us to consistently and reliably monitor our collections storage environment, as well as provide for staff professional development.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Folklore and Folklife; Rural Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019