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Series I: Manuscripts (continued)
Subseries F: Biographical materials (continued)
Sub-subseries 3: Promotional biographies, keepsakes, and correspondence
BOX-FOLDER 100/1 Promotional materials (folder 1 of 5), circa 1951-2008; undated
Biographical and autobiographical materials in various draft stages (mostly typed), correspondence, flyers and brochures, blank letterhead from various organizations, a discography and bibliography for Jean, clippings and newsletters, mock-ups for DVD covers, Folklife Family Store flyers and catalog, business cards for Greenhays, promotional materials from Folkways Records, advertisements for Jean's books and recordings, Jean's membership cards for the Associated Musicians of Greater New York and for the American Federation of Radio Artists, and related ephemera.
BOX-FOLDER 100/2 Promotional materials (folder 2 of 5), circa 1951-2008; undated
See description for folder 100/1.
BOX-FOLDER 100/3 Promotional materials (folder 3 of 5), circa 1951-2008; undated
See description for folder 100/1.
BOX-FOLDER 100/4 Promotional materials (folder 4 of 5), circa 1951-2008; undated
See description for folder 100/1.
BOX-FOLDER 100/5 Promotional materials (folder 5 of 5), circa 1951-2008; undated
See description for folder 100/1.
BOX-FOLDER 100/6 Transcriptions, scripts, and related documentation, 1958; undated
Handwritten and typed transcriptions from wire recordings, with family members talking and singing, Jean's notes for the Ritchie family album (the Folkways family record), a pencilled drawing of the early Ritchie home place in Viper, a typed draft of a letter to "Peter" (probably Peter Kennedy)
BOX-FOLDER 100/7 George Pickow: biographical materials, 1943-2010
Orders to report for induction into the military, correspondence, workmen's compensation documents, cancelled cheques and a bank statement, insurance policies, receipts and stubs, a handmade caricature of Jean, George, and Joseph Edwards (a childhood friend of George), news stories about George (original and photocopy), an award of merit from the Advertising Club of New York, medical information, and various permits, passes, and photo IDs.
BOX-FOLDER 101/1 George Pickow: memorabilia, 1947-1950; undated
Bank notes, membership and business cards, receipts, tickets stubs, handwritten notes, a program for the 100th anniversary dinner to celebrate 100 years of publication of Merriam-Webster dictionaries, correspondence in English and Spanish, and related documents.
BOX-FOLDER 101/2 Correspondence, including pre-wedding, 1949-1975; undated
BOX-FOLDER 101/3 George Pickow's letters while overseas, 1949-1956
These letters were separate from the letters in folder 101/2 and retained as such. Most are letters to Jean but some are to or from George to others.
Sub-subseries 4: Awards
BOX-FOLDER 101/4 Berea College honorary Doctor of Arts diploma, May 26, 1991
Diploma awarded to Jean in 1991, in its presentation folder.
BOX-FOLDER 101/5 Kentucky Country Music Hall of Fame, 1990-1992
Correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, Jean was one of the first Board members. The Kentucky Country Music Hall of Fame's name was changed to The Museum of Kentucky Music and Hall of Honor.
BOX-FOLDER 101/6 Awards and related documents (folder 1 of 2), 1967-2009
Certificates for Jean, George, and together as a couple, plus correspondence and related documents.
BOX-FOLDER 101/7 Awards and related documents (folder 2 of 2), 1967-2009
See description for folder 101/6.
Sub-subseries 5: Scrapbooks, journals, and writings
BOX-FOLDER 102 Abbie Ritchie's scrapbook, circa 1914-1966
6 1/8 in. x 9 1/4 in.
Newspaper clippings, reunion programs, handwritten notes (including one written by Abbie), and related materials. A photo of Abbie holding twin infant daughters Jewel and Opal has been relocated to Series III. Opal Ritchie died age about 14 months from diphtheria.
BOX-FOLDER 103 Scrapbook, circa 1942-1946; undated
10 1/8 in. x 12 3/4 in.
Correspondence, napkins, calendars, locks of hair, event programs, newspaper clippings, comics, handwritten documents, and various keepsakes.
BOX-FOLDER 104 Scrapbook, circa 1950-1967; undated
8 3/8 in. x 11 5/8 in.
Newspaper clippings, flyers and programs for events, and printed poetry.
BOX-FOLDER 105 Scrapbook, circa 1929-1957; undated
12 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in.
Newspaper clippings, birth announcements, greeting cards for various holidays, and acknowledgement cards. One of the earliest items is a grade report for Jean, from 1929. The bulk of items dates from the 1950s.
BOX-FOLDER 106/1 School papers, 1922-1924; undated
Four papers written by Jean's sister Una, and one written by Jean's brother Raymond.
BOX-FOLDER 106/2 Abbie Ritchie's handwritten notes, 1960-1969
Handwritten notes on lined paper removed from a spiral-bound notebook. Includes family information and recollections.
BOX-FOLDER 106/3 4-H Club memory book with Jean's handwritten notes, 1935-1936
Handwritten journal entries, recollections and poetry. The last page includes a note that "this was written when I went to camp in July, 1935. Had a grand time. Is now July, 1936 - pleasant memories."
BOX-FOLDER 106/4 Jean's journal and writings, 1944-1948; undated
A small three-ring binder with Jean's journal entries and reflections. A separate group of three-ring binder sheets from another binder accompanies this binder, without the pages set it, and has typewritten poetry from various sources, plus pencilled drawings.
BOX-FOLDER 106/5 Jean's handwritten notes (folder 1 of 3), 1948-1949
Jean's notes and reflections on events and people.
BOX-FOLDER 106/6 Jean's handwritten notes (folder 2 of 3), 1950-1959
Some of the notes include information about family members, a map of where they live, and related information.
BOX-FOLDER 106/7 Jean's handwritten notes (folder 3 of 3), 1960-1969
Diary notes on two large sheets of paper, written while on a trip to France with the Kennedys.
Sub-subseries 6: Passports
Each passport includes a photo of the individual affixed to a page (there is an extra photo of George in one of his passports).
BOX-FOLDER 106/8 Jean Ritchie's U.S. passports
Seven passports, with issue dates of 1952, 1956, 1960, 1966, 1971, 1978, and 1984.
BOX-FOLDER 106/9 George Pickow's U.S. passports
Seven passports, with issue dates of 1944, 1948, 1952, 1960, 1971, 1978, and 1994.
Sub-subseries 7: Engagement books and calendars
Each item includes handwritten notes regarding appointments and activities.
BOX-FOLDER 106/10 Engagement books and calendars, 1947-1949
2 in. x 3 in.
3 appointment books.
BOX-FOLDER 106/11 Engagement books and calendars (folder 1 of 2), 1950-1959
From 2 in. x 3 in. to 6 in. x 10 in.
10 items, total. A 1959-1960 engagement book for George Pickow includes two business cards.
BOX-FOLDER 107/1 Engagement books and calendars (folder 2 of 2), 1950-1959
From 2 in. x 3 in. to 6 in. x 10 in.
See description for folder 106/11.
BOX-FOLDER 107/2 Engagement books and calendars (folder 1 of 3), 1960-1969
From 2 in. x 3 in. to 8 3/4 in. x 11 in.
15 items total (from the 1960s). Some years are represented by multiple items. A 1963 wall calendar has 4 sheets of handwritten notes for accounting.
BOX-FOLDER 107/3 Engagement books and calendars (folder 2 of 3), 1960-1969
From 2 in. x 3 in. to 8 3/4 in. x 11 in.
See description for folder 107/2.
BOX-FOLDER 107/4 Engagement books and calendars (folder 3 of 3), 1960-1969
From 2 in. x 3 in. to 8 3/4 in. x 11 in.
See description for folder 107/2.
BOX-FOLDER 107/5 Engagement books and calendars (folder 1 of 2), 1970-1978
From 2 3/4 in. x 4 1/4 in. to 9 1/4 in. x 10 3/4 in.
12 items total (from the 1970s). Some items represent an overlap of years. No item for 1979.
BOX-FOLDER 107/6 Engagement books and calendars (folder 2 of 2), 1970-1978
From 2 3/4 in. x 4 1/4 in. to 9 1/4 in. x 10 3/4 in.
See description for folder 107/5.
BOX-FOLDER 108/1 Engagement books and calendars 1984-1989
From 3 in. x 4 1/2 in. to 7 3/4 in. x 10 1/2 in.
5 items. Years represented: 1984, 1985, 1987-1989. Two items for 1988. See box 109 for another 2005 calendar.
BOX-FOLDER 108/2 Engagement books and calendars (folder 1 of 2), 1990-1992, 1994-1999
From 4 in. x 6 in. to 8 1/2 in. x 11 in.
13 items. No item for 1993. Multiple items for some years. The 1996-1997 calendar is a custom printing, with a black plastic comb binding and reproductions (black and white and color) of Ritchie family photos. See box 109 for 1998 wall calendar.
BOX-FOLDER 108/3 Engagement books and calendars (folder 2 of 2), 1990-1992, 1994-1999
From 4 in. x 6 in. to 8 1/2 in. x 11 in.
See description for folder 108/2.
BOX-FOLDER 108/4 Engagement books and calendars (folder 1 of 3), 2000-2003, 2005-2008
From 3 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. to 8 3/4 in. x 11 in.
22 items, total. Multiple items for some years. A few loose pages from a 2007 calendar. One item is a customized 2001 pocket calendar, stamped "Compliments of Folklife Productions" (Jean and George's company). See box 109 for items from 2006 and 2007.
BOX-FOLDER 108/5 Engagement books and calendars (folder 2 of 3), 2000-2003, 2005-2008
From 3 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. to 8 3/4 in. x 11 in.
See description for folder 108/4.
BOX-FOLDER 108/6 Engagement books and calendars (folder 3 of 3), 2000-2003, 2005-2008
From 3 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. to 8 3/4 in. x 11 in.
See description for folder 108/4.
BOX-FOLDER 109 Wall calendars, 1985, 1998, 2002, 2006-2007
From 10 in. x 10 3/4 in. to 12 in. x 12 in.
5 items.
Sub-subseries 8: Diaries
BOX-FOLDER 110 Diaries and notes about events, 1922-1992; undated
From 2 3/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. to 5 1/4 in. x 8 1/2 in.
15 items; all but one bound (one item is a set of loose pages taken from a small binder). Some are repurposed notepads and records books. Some items are clearly identified as written by Jean and some by Jean's family members: Abbie, Kitty, and Mallie Ritchie. Some items were used by more than one individual. Of note: Kitty Ritchie's 1925 notes has a four-leaf clover pinned to one page.
Sub-subseries 9: Ritchie family hymnals
BOX-FOLDER 111/1 Billups, Edward W. The sweet songster: a collection of the most popular and approved songs, hymns, and ballads. Catlettsburg, KY: C.L. McConnell, circa 1854.
BOX-FOLDER 111/2 Thomas, E.D. A new and choice selection of hymns and spiritual songs for the use of the Regular Baptist Church, and all lovers of song. Catlettsburg, KY: C.L. McConnell, circa 1877..
Subseries G: George Pickow's photographic work
Sub-subseries 1: Album covers
Dust jackets for a selection of phonographic albums recorded by Jean Ritchie. The cover photographs (and sometimes the jacket designs) are by George Pickow.
BOX 112 Jean Ritchie, 1952, 1954
Elektra Records; EKL-125.
BOX 112 Carols of all seasons, 1959
Tradition Records; TLP 1031
BOX 112 Children's songs and games from the southern mountains, 1957, 1960
Folkways Records; FC 7054.
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