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Series 1: Manuscripts (continued)
Subseries 6: Biographical materials (continued)
Sub-subseries 1: Personal and family history (continued)
B.W. Ritchie's newspaper, 1908-1910 (continued)
Parts of the newspaper B.W. Ritchie published, called variously The record or The news-record . Original section of the front page from vol. 1, no. 35 (December 10, 1908), and the issue from vol. 1, no. 32 (May 12, 1910).
BOX-FOLDER 97/1 Genealogy: correspondence (1/3), 1995-2002
Primarily correspondence (the majority is printed from email). Also includes printouts of family photos (some scanned and some from the web), various versions of parts of Jean's family tree, family trees and family history.
BOX-FOLDER 97/2 Genealogy: correspondence (2/3), 1995-2002
See the description for box-folder 97/1.
BOX-FOLDER 97/3 Genealogy: correspondence (3/3), 1995-2002
See the description for box-folder 97/1.
BOX-FOLDER 97/4 Genealogy: family trees and family stories (1/2), 1961-2002
Primarily family trees and family history, with some photos (photocopied or printed from scanned images), and correspondence.
BOX-FOLDER 97/5 Genealogy: family trees and family stories (2/2), 1961-2002
See the description for box-folder 97/4.
BOX-FOLDER 97/6 Jason Ritchie (1/2), 1949-1952, undated
Typed and handwritten notes and lyrics, Jason's handwritten recollections, Jean's handwritten and typed recollection of her notes made on the way to visit Jason in 1949, and correspondence between Jean and Jason. Jason Ritchie, referred to by Jean as "Uncle Jason," was a cousin of Jean's father Balis Ritchie.
BOX-FOLDER 97/7 Jason Ritchie (2/2), 1949-1952, undated
See the description for box-folder 97/6.
BOX-FOLDER 98/1 Balis Ritchie
Typed recollection of a song Balis learned from "Bad Tom" Smith, plus photocopies of published information about Smith, and Balis's obituary from a newspaper (original clipping). Balis was Jean Ritchie's father.
BOX-FOLDER 98/2 Mallie Ritchie (1/2), 1913-circa 1952, undated
Includes correspondence to Mallie, primarily when she was a child while recuperating in the hospital, including picture postcards; a homemade account book, and an illustrated memorial service fan.
BOX-FOLDER 98/3 Mallie Ritchie (2/2), 1930
Cancelled checques written by Mallie, drawn on The First National Bank (Hazard, Kentucky), and an account statement from the same bank, for December 1930.
BOX-FOLDER 98/4 Una Ritchie, 1923-1971, undated
Correspondence, plus a photocopied article from Vermont life magazine. Photos have been moved to Series 3. Una was one of Jean's sisters.
BOX-FOLDER 98/5 Kitty Ritchie, 1988-1989
Typed tribute to Kitty, written by Jean, and a page from a 1988 wall calendar, showing Kitty by a corn husk doll. One of Jean's sisters.
BOX-FOLDER 98/6 Edna Ritchie, 1926-1997
A copy of Viper echoes, a newsletter published by the Viper Public School (February 1926), with a reproduced photo of Edna on the front; a newspaper clipping announcing Edna's marriage, photocopied music, handwritten lyrics, a poem Jean wrote in tribute to Edna (handwritten and typed copies)condolence cards to Jean and other correspondence, memorial handouts, and typed memorial tributes to Edna. One of Jean's sisters.
BOX-FOLDER 98/7 Jewell Ritchie, 1926-1969, undated
Correspondence, a newspaper clipping, a family information questionnaire sent by Jean and partially filled out, Jewel's nursing diploma and other school-related information, Army-related documents and other official documents, a copy of "Singing Up the Moon," written by Jeannie Block (Jewel's daughter), plus a flyer about folk dance camp at Pinewoods. All contents of this folder are photocopies except the questionnaire. Jewel was one of Jean's sisters. Her twin, Opal, died of diphtheria in infancy.
BOX-FOLDER 98/8 Pauline Ritchie, 1935-1980, undated
A memorial program, correspondence, promotional materials for The Lighted Lantern, typed tributes and poems, printed music and lyrics for "Twilight A-Stealin'," The Mountain Echo (vol. 1, no. 3, November 1980; published by the Hindman Settlement School), with a memorial tribute to Pauline, and an essay by Pauline called "Up from the three Rs," published in Wellesley essays (1936). Pauline (also called Polly) was one of Jean's sisters.
BOX-FOLDER 98/9 B.W. Ritchie ("Wilmer" or "Sam"), circa 2003, undated
Sub-subseries 2: Genealogy, reunions, and education
BOX-FOLDER 98/10 The Ritchie-Cox family episodes: things that actually happened, circa December 2005
A printed keepsake book, held together with ribbon and with an illustrated cover, of family stories.
BOX-FOLDER 98/11 Knott's gentlefolk and flowers of the forest, vol. 1, nos. 1 and 2, 1995
Published by the Knott County Historical and Genealogical Society and Library, Inc.
BOX-FOLDER 99/1 Hall family reunions, 1948-2000, undated
Two items of correspondence, reunion programs from 1956, circa 1962, and 2000; two photocopied newspaper clippings, a photocopy of a typed, official greeting from Ronald Reagan to those gathered for the Woodland Jubilee, a typed copy of the Hall family history, and a photocopied, handwritten copy of the family history.
BOX-FOLDER 99/2 Ritchie family reunions (1/2), circa 1975-2003
Reunion invitations and programs. A photo and a copy negative have been relocated to Series 3.
BOX-FOLDER 99/3 Ritchie family reunions (2/2), 1976-2001
Correspondence, handwritten notes, memorial programs for Truman Ritchie and Raymond Ritchie, a newspaper clipping, an issue of The Mountain magazine (vol. 1, no. 6, April 1930), an article about corn husk dolls (pages from an unidentified publication), two photocopies of a proclamation declaring June 9-25, 1986 as Ritchie Family Week in Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky, and related ephemera.
BOX-FOLDER 99/4 Early education (1/2), circa 1936-1990
High school diploma invitations to Jean's high school commencement and to the 1938 commencement, Kentucky Public Schools certificate, 7th grade end-of-year grade report, a copy of The Echo, the Viper High School yearbook, reunion newsletters, correspondence, two napkins from a high school reunion, and a program for the 1939 junior-senior banquet.
BOX-FOLDER 99/5 Early education (2/2), circa 1940
Copy of The Echo (the Viper High School yearbook).
BOX-FOLDER 99/6 College education (1/2), 1941-2008
Correspondence, Jean's Cumberland College transcript, periodic grade reports, programs for events, two photocopies of the program for the Cumberland College senior class's play "Junior Miss," an original copy of the program for "February Follies" (presented by the Baptist Student Union of Cumberland College), and related ephemera.
BOX-FOLDER 99/7 College education (2/2), 1941-2008
See the description for box-folder 99/6.
Sub-subseries 3: Promotional biographies, keepsakes, and correspondence
BOX-FOLDER 100/1 Promotional materials (1/5), 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 (2/5), circa 1951-2008, undated
See the note for box-folder 100/1.
BOX-FOLDER 100/3 Promotional materials (3/5), circa 1951-2008, undated
See the note for box-folder 100/1.
BOX-FOLDER 100/4 Promotional materials (4/5), circa 1951-2008, undated
See the note for box-folder 100/1.
BOX-FOLDER 100/5 Promotional materials (5/5), circa 1951-2008, undated
See the note for box-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
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 box-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 (1/2), 1967-2009
Certificates for Jean, George, and together as a couple, plus correspondence and related documents.
BOX-FOLDER 101/7 Awards and related documents (2/2), 1967-2009
See the description for box-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 3. 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
BOX-FOLDER 106/5 Jean's handwritten notes (1/3), 1948-1949
Jean's notes and reflections on events and people.
BOX-FOLDER 106/6 Jean's handwritten notes (2/3), 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 (3/3), 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, circa 1952-1984
Seven passports, with issue dates of 1952, 1956, 1960, 1966, 1971, 1978, and 1984.
BOX-FOLDER 106/9 George Pickow's U.S. passports, circa 1944-1994
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 (1/2), 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 (2/2), 1950-1959
From 2 in. x 3 in. to 6 in. x 10 in.
See the description for box-folder 106/11.
BOX-FOLDER 107/2 Engagement books and calendars (1/3), 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.
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