Witherspoon College Buckhorn School Collection
- created: 1900-2013
- Witherspoon College (Buckhorn, Ky.). (Organization)
- Buckhorn Children's Center (Buckhorn, Ky.). (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.
Conditions Governing Use
There are no known restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations. Please cite all references to this collection.
Witherspoon College High School was founded in 1902 by Harvey S. Murdoch, a Presbyterian missionary from New York, and local citizens of Buckhorn, Perry County, Kentucky. Between 1903 and 1957, over 6,000 mountain boys and girls attended Witherspoon College High School (1,500 students graduated). In 1957 operation of the school transferred to the Perry County Board of Education and the Synod of Kentucky established the Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency of Buckhorn, Kentucky as a successor to Witherspoon College and Orphanage in 1956. Students in Perry County continue to attend the Buckhorn School, now a K-12 public institution. In 1972, Buckhorn graduate Dr. Mike Duff founded the Buckhorn Alumni Association, Inc. (BAA). The organization has nearly 1,200 members and holds reunions in Buckhorn every two year. The organization annually awards the Murdoch-Gabbard Scholarship to a graduating senior of the Buckhorn School.
Language of Materials
The collection contains biographical profiles of alumni and founders, written and audio interviews, photographs, yearbooks, audio and video recordings, newspaper and magazine articles, historical essays, books related to the institution, Buckhorn Alumni Association documents and maps of the Buckhorn area.
The collection is arranged in five series: Subject Files, Yearbooks, Photographs, Audio and Video Recordings, and Maps.
Other Descriptive Information
Some materials in this collection have been digitized and can be located here:
BCA 0172 SAA 170
Materials in this collection were collected and arranged by Buckhorn alumni Dr. Mike Duff, Dr. James D. Moore and the BAA History Committee (James D. Moore, William B. Napier and H.C. Sparks, Jr.) between 1972 and 2006.
The collection was further processed in November 2014 by Samuel Gleaves, Archives Processing Assistant. The finding aid was created by Sam Gleaves and Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist in 2014.
The collection was open for research in 2014.
- Boarding schools -- Kentucky
- Churches -- Kentucky -- Perry County.
- Education -- Kentucky -- History.
- Education -- Kentucky -- Perry County.
- Education, Rural -- Kentucky.
- Oral history -- Appalachian region.
- Orphanages -- Kentucky.
- Presbyterian Church (USA).
- Public schools -- United States
- Settlement schools -- Kentucky.
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