Fayette County Schools Photographic Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title
Fayette County Schools Photographic Collection
Creator
Cassidy, Massillon Alexander
Extent
1 Cubic Feet
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Processed by: Staff, Lindy Melvin, Scott Tomberlin; machine-readable finding aid created by:Jason Flahardy
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], Fayette County Schools Photographic Collection, 80PA132,Special Collections and Digital Programs, University of Kentucky.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Massillon Alexander Cassidy, born in 1856, served as superintendent of Fayette County Schools in Lexington, Kentucky from 1885-1901. Following a period of serving jointly as superintendent of both Fayette County and Lexington City Schools, he resigned the County post in 1901 to devote himself to Lexington's Schools exclusively. During a long period of public service, he gained a reputation as one of the most progressive and outstanding educators in the South. Mainly educated in private schools, he received his MA from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Cassidy was instrumental in bringing about educational law reform in Kentucky, particularly during the years 1903-1905. Dedicated to active participation in his profession, he served as President of the Kentucky Educational Association and the Southern Educational Association. In addition, he was active in the National Education Association throughout his life. After enjoying a long and distinguished period of service, Mr. Cassidy retired in 1928, and died in 1931. The M.A. Cassidy School, on Tates Creek Rd. in Lexington, Kentucky is named in honor of his many contributions.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of 31 bromide emulsion photographs taken of M.A. Cassidy with local students and teachers circa 1901. Additionally, eight interleaves with names of some of the children and teachers and two album covers remain; the original album having been dissembled in order to preserve the images.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note The collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.

Contents of the Collection

Identified as "Alberti School"; Students and teacher standing in front of a white wooden school house with a porch. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Central Academy No. 22 H M Gunn Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Chilesburg School"; Large group of students and teacher stand at the side of white wooden school house. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Chilesburg No. 23 (illegible)", 1901

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Identified as "Locust Grove"; Students and teacher and Superintendent Massillon Alexander (M.A.) Cassidy stand in front of a white wash brick school house. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Locust Grove Dist. 29 Miss Mattie C(illegible) Teacher" Hand written note under photo states "New home here", 1901

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Identified as "Muir"; Students and teacher stand in front of red brick school house. A young girl holds a slate that reads "Woodland Academy Dist. 4 Miss Sledd Teacher" Handwritten notes under the photo states "Teacher Dona Sledd (MRS H.B. Robinson)" and "New house here". A partial identified list of students is also included on note book paper., 1901

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Identified as "Cadentown"; Large group of African-American students and teacher stand in front of white wooden school house. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Caden town No1 JW Durett (?) Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Whitsett"; Students and teacher stand at the side of a wooden school house. A young girl holds a slate board that reads " Whitsett School No 27 Miss Cora Vest Teacher". A partial list of identified students is also included. Handwritten notes are beneath the photo "New home house" and "Not (illegible)", 1901

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Identified as "Briar Hill"; Students and teacher stand in front of white wooden school house. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Briar Hill No 7 A M Cox Teacher". A partial list of identified students is also included., 1901

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Identified as "Bryan Station"; Students and teacher stand in front of doors of a large white wash brick school house. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Bryan Station No 11 Miss Lizzie Bardy". A partial list of identified students is also included., 1901

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Identified as "Ft. Springs"; Students and teacher standing in front of a white two story school house. The teacher is holding a slate board that reads "(illegible) Academy Dist 15 T.P. Tharp Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Uittingertown [colored]"; Large group of African-American students and teacher standing in front of large white school house. A young girl is holding a slate board that reads "Uittingertown No 5 Mary McClure (?) Teacher" Handwritten note beneath photo is illegible., 1901

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Identified as "South Elkhorn"; Students and teacher stand in front of a white school house with a Mud room. A young girl is holding a slate board that reads "South Elkhorn No 9 Miss Emma Watts", 1901

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Identified as "Athens"; Students and teachers stand in front of a two room white school house. A young girl is holding a slate board that reads "Athens No 18 Miss Siven Miss Barken Teachers", 1901

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Identified as "Maple Grove"; Students, teacher, and Superintendent Massillon Alexander (M.A.) Cassidy are in front of a run down white school house. A young boy is holding a slate board that reads " Maple Grove Dist #7 Miss Lula Keith Teacher". A handwritten note beneath the photo states "New house here", 1901

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Identified as "Bracktown [colored]"; A group of African-American students and teacher stand in front of doors of a white school house. The teacher holds a slate board that reads "Bracktown Dist 1 Andrew (?) Pag (?) Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Brighton"; Students and teacher stand in front of white school house. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Hukill School No 16 Miss (illegible) Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Loradale"; Students and teacher stand in front of a two story brick school house. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Lorodale No (illegible) Miss Verige West Teacher" A handwritten note beneath the photo states "New house here". A piece of note paper also states "Loradale Teacher Vergie West (Mrs. Norman Huffman)", 1901

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Identified as "Hearne School"; Students and teacher standing a the side of white school house. One male student is holding a horse by its bridle. A young girl holds a slated board that cannot be read because the sun is reflecting off it. A handwritten note beneath the photo states "New house here", 1901

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Identified as "Warfield"; One girl standing under the porch leaning up against the house and two little girls sitting on the porch. A woman and man standing next to the porch., 1901

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Identified as "South Elkhorn [colored]"; A group of African-American students and teacher standing on a hill side next to their school house. One boy is holding the bridle of a horse. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Owisly Academy No. 2 H. G. Owisly Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Kirklevington"; Group of students and teacher stand in front of white school house. At the side two boys on horse back and two girls each hold a bridle of two more horses. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Kirklivington No 30 Miss Kate Payne Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Lyle School"; Students, teacher, and Superintendent Massillon Alexander (M.A.) Cassidy stand in front of a white school house with a porch. The teacher holds a slate board that reads "Lyle School Dist 12 Hettie Rouse Teachers" A handwritten note beneath the photo states "New house here". A piece of note paper also states "Miss Hetti Rouse teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Spring Cave"; Students and teacher stand in front of white school house. Superintendent Massillon Alexander (M.A.) Cassidy is standing in front of a tree. A young girl holds a slate board that reads " Spring Cave 10 Mrs. Mary Keith", 1901

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Identified as "East Hickman"; Students and teacher stand at the side of white school house. The second row of students are standing on a bench. A student holds a slate board that reads "East Hickman no 4 miss Mary Dodd Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Russell Cave"; Students, teacher, and Superintendent Massillon Alexander (M.A.) Cassidy in front of white school house. The second row is standing on benches. A young girl holds a slated board that reads " Russell Cave Dist 6 Miss Alice Moore Teacher" A handwritten note beneath the photo states "New house here". A piece of note paper also states "L to R 1 row- 7th Hetttie DeLong (Mrs. Wm Tucker) 13 Miss Alice Moore Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Parker's Mill Road"; Students and Teacher stand in front of large school house. The teacher is holding a slate board that reads "Wolf Parn (?) Dist 24", 1901

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Identified as "Mt. Tabor"; Students, teacher and Superintendent Massillon Alexander (M.A.) Cassidy standing a the side of white school house. A young girl holds a slate board that reads " Mt. Tabor No 2 Miss Hill Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Briar Hill [colored]"; Small group of African-American students and teacher standing at the side of a wooden school house. A young boy holds a slate board that reads "Dist 11 Miss Mary Mam (?) Teacher". A piece of note paper also states "2 row- 5 Gene Huchison", 1901

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Identified as "Republican"; Students and teacher stand at the back of a red brick school house. A young girl holds a slate board that reads "Republican No 18 G. W. Britting Teacher". Several names a listed below the photograph but are illegible., 1901

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Identified as "Jack's Creek"; Students and teacher standing in front of a wooden school house on a hillside. A young girl holds a slate board that reads Jacks Creek No 25 Miss Maude Spear Teacher". A handwritten note beneath the photo states "New house here 1901", 1901

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Identified as "Picadome"; Students, teacher, and Superintendent Massillon Alexander (M.A.) Cassidy in front of a large red brick building. The teacher is holding a slate board that reads "Picadome Dist 25 Miss Sara Drake Teacher". A handwritten note above the photo states "Supt. M.A. Cassidy had little Picadome Built and rained it" A handwritten note beneath the photo states "Miss Sara Drake Teacher", 1901

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Identified as "Walnut Hill"; Students and teacher stand at the side of a white school house. An unidentified man stands in at the back of the school house. A young boy holds a slate board that reads " Fair View No 25 E L Crystal Teacher" A handwritten note beneath the photo states "Ernest Cristal teacher ", 1901

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