Kentucky Historical Society
Collection Documents Everyday Life in 1930s Eastern Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has
recently cataloged an extensive collection of images and text that document the
everyday lives of people in eastern Kentucky and local missionaries’ efforts to
evangelize in the region.
Robert Burns Stone was a telephone
engineer for Southern Bell who lived in Fayette County. A member of the
Missionary Baptist Church, he founded the Faith Mission Band and made mission
trips to eastern Kentucky.
Burns Stone Collection contains the photographs, 35mm slides, glass and film
transparencies and lantern slide presentations that Stone used to recruit
missionaries and raise money for the Faith Mission Band. It also has two
diaries of mission trips, illustrated essays and scrapbooks. Some images are of
Stone’s telephone work.
Materials in the collection date from
the 1920s to the 1950s, with the primary focus being the 1930s. Photographic
images show people who normally might not have been photographed in intimate
and ordinary activities – mourners at a child’s funeral, neighbors carrying a
man home from the hospital on a stretcher, men making sorghum, and a woman
spinning wool. They also document various church-related activities. While many
images are black and white or colorized, some are from color film.
The subject matter and the color film
images from the 1930s make the collection “unique,” said Louise Jones, KHS director of research
represented in the collection include, but are not limited to, Pulaski,
McCreary, McCracken, Bell, Knox, Jackson, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Breathitt,
Leslie, Lawrence, Morgan, Knott, Magoffin, Owsley, Wolfe, Rowan, Clay, Madison,
Whitley and Ballard.
can search “Robert Burns Stone” at www.kyhistory.com to access the diaries and other
printed materials and browse through several hundred images. A finding aid with
lists of images and other items in the collection also can be accessed at that
The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of
the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is
committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history.
The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky
History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the
State Arsenal. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.