Guide to the Kathryn Parke Collection, 1952-1987, undated

Summary Information

Title: Kathryn Parke Collection, 1952-1987, undated
Collection: AC.190
Extent: 1.75 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half-sized box, 1 medium oversize flat box)

The Kathryn E. Parke Papers contains collected booklets, brochures, and newsletters from John C. Campbell Folk School, the Highlander Center, Berea College, and other folk schools in the Appalachian region.

Creator: Parke, Kathryn

Biographical/Historical Note

Kathryn E. Parke worked as a professor at New York State University College at Cobleskill. She graduated from Smith College in 1936 and was interested in Scandinavian folk schools and attended Ringerike folkehoegskole in Hoenefoss, Norway. She held many offices in the Folk-College Association of America and worked as the editor of its newsletter, Options. Kathryn E. Parke wrote Folk-spirit in modern Irish drama (1936), Norway's folk-high-schools: report of a sabbatical experience (1963), The Folk-College in America: A working-paper for the Folk-College Association of America (1977). She retired to Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Scope and Contents

Included in this collection are newsletters from various folk-oriented or Appalachian organizations, such as Options, Highlander Reports, and the Appalachian Center of Berea College's News Letter. Other materials include bibliographies of Appalachian Studies books, booklets and documents about folk traditions, and brochures on Berea College. Also included are two letters addressed to Kathryn Parke.


The Kathryn Parke Collection is organized into six series: Series I: John C. Campbell Folk School Series; Series II: Highlander Center; Series III: Folk-College Association of America; Series IV: Berea College; Series V: Scandinavian Folk-High-Schools, and Series VI: Various Papers. Each folder is arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. This collection was opened to the public on 26 March 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell, 1994; Kathryn Staley, 26 March 2003; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, 29 June 2005; Revised by Anita Elliott, July 2013.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.190: Kathryn Parke Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: John C. Campbell Folk School, 1952-1987, undated 

Series Description

John C. Campbell Folk School Series contains brochures, newsletters and organizational materials, arranged by subject alphabetically. The Plowshares newsletters are housed in Oversize Box 3.

  Box Folder

Article on Blacksmithing at John C. Campbell Folk School, circa 1982 

1 1

Booklet, John C. Campbell Folk School 1925-1952, Brasstown, North Carolina by Frederick L. Brownlee, 1952 

1 2

Brochures, John C. Campbell Folk School, 1975-1987, undated 

1 3

Course and Workshop Information and Evaluations, 1972-1986, undated 

1 4

Newsletters, "A Letter from Brasstown", 1975-1985 

1 5

Newsletters, "Plowshares", Volumes I & II, 1985-1986 

Box 3

Newsletter, "Tapestry of Courses and Events, John C. Campbell Folk School", 1986 

Box 3

Series II: Highlander Center, 1968-1987 

Series Description

Highlander Center Series contains an incomplete run of the newsletter Highlander Reports and other materials. Brochures, a hand-drawn map and a 1968 newspaper article about Highlander Center are included.

  Box Folder

Article and Brochures on Highlander Center, 1968, undated 

1 6

Newsletters, "Highlander Reports", 1972-1987 

1 7

Series III: Folk-College Association of America, 1976-1981, undated 

Series Description

Folk-College Association of America Series contains various organizational materials. Included are undated by-laws, a small amount of correspondence and a 1976-1981 run of the newsletter, Options.

  Box Folder

Bylaws (proposed) and Articles of Incorporation Correspondence, June 10, 1980 

1 8

Newsletters, "OPTION: Newsletter of the Folk-College Association of America", Fall 1976-Spring 1978 

1 9

Newsletters, "OPTION: Newsletter of the Folk-College Association of America", Summer 1978-Spring 1986 

1 10

Working Paper, "The Folk-College in America", by Kathryn E. Parke, 1977 

1 11

Series IV: Berea College, 1975-1978, undated 

Series Description

Berea College Series contains various booklets and brochures about Berea College and its community services. Also included is a run of The Newsletter, a newsletter from Berea College.

  Box Folder

Booklet, "A Brief History of Berea College", undated 

1 12

Brochures, of Berea College, 1973-1977, undated 

1 13

Newsletters, Appalachian Center Berea College News Letter, 1975-1978 

1 14

Series V: Scandinavian Folk-High-Schools, 1963-circa 1992 

Series Description

The Scandinavian Folk-High Schools Series contains a CD which holds the printed papers in the series: "Radical Humanism in Practice", Revisiting Folkehoegskoler (Folk-Colleges) in Scandinavia", and Norway's Folk-High-Schools" by Kathryn E. Parke.

  Box Folder

CD, of Two Papers and One Publication in this Series, 1963-circa 1992 

1 18

Paper, "Radical Humanism in Practice: The Scandinavian Folkehojskoler" by David W. Leslie, circa 1992 

1 15

Paper, "Revisiting Folkehoegskoler (Folk-Colleges) in Scandinavia: Supplement to Norway's Folk-High-Schools", 1970 

1 16

Publication, "Norway's Folk-High-Schools", by Kathryn E. Parke, 1963 

1 17

Series VI: Various Papers, 1958-1984, undated 

Series Description

Various Papers Series contains Appalachian Studies Bibliography and Curriculum, brochures, correspondence, Appalachia articles, handouts, journals, and a souvenir program. The collection includes two letters written to Kathryn Parke. Various articles about folk schools, Appalachia and children are included. The Fall 1976 issue of Appalachian Heritage, various issues of Save the Federation in Appalachia, and one issue of Community Service Newsletter are included. The souvenir program is from the 1984 Folkmoot USA North Carolina International Folk Festival.

  Box Folder

Appalachian Studies Bibliography and Curriculum, 1971-1975, undated 

2 1

Articles, about Appalachia, 1965-1983, undated 

2 2

Brochures, Various Venues of Workshops and Studies, 1964-1986, undated 

2 3

Journal, Appalachian Heritage, Volume 4, no. 4, fall 1976 

2 4

Newsletter, "Save the Children Federation", fall 1971-winter 1974 

2 5

Personal Correspondence and Photo, of Kathryn Parke, 1958, undated 

2 6

Souvenir Program, Folkmoot USA, North Carolina International Folk Festival, 1984 

2 7

Oversize Newsletters, "Tapestry of Courses and Events, John C. Campbell Folk School" and "Plowshares", 1985-1986 

Box 3