Lincoln School records

Abstract

The Lincoln School records (dated 1944-1971; 1.95 cubic feet, 4 boxes) comprise materials related to the operation of the both the Lincoln School and the Lincoln Institute, including the original prospectus, reports, materials documenting the planning stages of the school, growth projections, budgets, reports, correspondence, publicity, newsletters, brochures and handbooks, personnel files, calendars of school events, notes on curriculum, programs from convocations and the final audit of the Lincoln School.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Lincoln School records
Date
1944-1971
Extent
1.95 Cubic feet
Subjects
Boarding schools--Kentucky--Simpsonville.
Children with social disabilities--Education--Kentucky.
Educational indicators--Kentucky.
Gifted children--Education--Kentucky.
Government aid to education--Kentucky
Poor children--Education--Kentucky.
School integration--Kentucky--Simpsonville.
Students--Kentucky--Simpsonville.
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Processed by Janice Childers under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist.; machine-readable finding aid created by Janice Childers
Preferred Citation
0000ua133: [identification of item], Lincoln School records, 1944-1971, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Lincoln School in Simpsonville, Kentucky had its roots in the Lincoln Institute, a secondary school for African-American students that was formed with support from Berea College after the 1904 Kentucky Day Law was passed, which prohibited integrated education. The Lincoln Foundation deeded the Institute to the state in 1948 and when the Day Law was amended in 1954 to allow integration, the decision was made to phase out the Lincoln Institute. It continued to operate until 1966 while plans for a new type of school were discussed.
A prospectus presented to the Kentucky Department of Education by the Board of Regents from Kentucky State College set out plans for a boarding school designed for academically gifted, deprived students of all races. This plan was approved in 1966 and a governing board was created, made up of representatives chosen by Kentucky State College and the University of Kentucky. The Board was instructed to contract with the UK College of Education for the operation of the school and the first class began in September 1967.
The objective of the Lincoln School was to accelerate and enrich the educational experience of its students in order that they be prepared for entrance into college upon completion. The school was to serve as a sort of research experiment in alternative education, guided and studied by the UK College of Education. The school's residential nature allowed for schedules and teaching methods that differed from the norm at that time, and it also allowed for greater attention to individual students.
While results of the experiment were good--test scores, attitudes and interest of most students studied improved significantly--disagreements concerning the overall importance of the program, implementation of policies, and, most of all, a lack of public support for funding led to the closing of the school at the end of the 1970 school year (which included an accelerated summer program that allowed seniors to graduate, thanks to support from Governor Louie B. Nunn). Efforts were made to ensure the acceptance of any interested graduating seniors into college.
The site is now home to the Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center, but alumni and former faculty of the Lincoln School continue to keep in touch through a newsletter that began on the school's closing, and is now available in an online version (see Related Materials below) along with photographs and other documentation on the school.
Scope and Content
The Lincoln School records (dated 1944-1971; 1.95 cubic feet, 4 boxes) comprise materials related to the operation of the both the Lincoln School and the Lincoln Institute, including the original prospectus, reports, materials documenting the planning stages of the school, growth projections, budgets, reports, correspondence, publicity, newsletters, brochures and handbooks, personnel files, calendars of school events, notes on curriculum, programs from convocations and the final audit of the Lincoln School. When the Lincoln School was dissolved, records of educational or psychological interest were given to the UK College of Education, medical records of students were sent to the UK Medical Center, academic records and transcripts were sent to the Kentucky State Department of Education, and remaining records were given to the UK Archives.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Reports for Lincoln Institute, 1944-1945

  • Box 4, Folder 6
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Reports continued, 1945-1947

  • Box 4, Folder 7
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Reports continued, 1947-1948

  • Box 4, Folder 8
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Reports continued, 1950-1951

  • Box 4, Folder 9
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Reports continued, 1952

  • Box 4, Folder 10
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Reports continued, 1953-1954

  • Box 4, Folder 11
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Reports continued, 1955-1957

  • Box 4, Folder 12
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Reports continued, 1957-1964

  • Box 4, Folder 13
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Policy and planning: prospectus for school from Kentucky State College, 1965

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Policy and planning: final report of Lincoln Institute; deed agreement; legislation, 1965-1969

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Policy and planning: curriculum development, undated, 1966, 1968

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Policy and planning: plans for new campus buildings, circa 1969

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Policy and planning: mission statement; research; student eligibility requirements; physical plant renovations, circa 1969-1970

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Correspondence: letters to Board of Trustees member Juliet Poyntes, 1944-1947

  • Box 4, Folder 5
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Correspondence: primarily by or to George Denemark, Samuel Robinson, William Tisdall and other school administrators, 1967-1968

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Correspondence continued, 1969-1970

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Financial documents: budgets; projections; cost estimates; fundraising efforts., circa 1967-February 1969

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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Financial documents continued, March 1969-January 1970

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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Minutes and reports: Board meeting minutes; reports on status of programs and school objectives., circa 1967-February 1969

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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Minutes and reports continued, March-September 1969

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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Minutes and reports continued, October 1969-February 1979

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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Personnel: Notices of hire; disciplinary actions and terminations; applications; salary changes; payroll issues, 1967-1968

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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Personnel continued, 1969

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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Personnel continued: Also includes summary reports of activities by staff and faculty; evaluations; advertisements placed for hiring staff, 1969-January 1970

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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Personnel continued: Retirement fund information, 1968-1970

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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Publicity, newspaper clippings (including photocopies), 1946?-1955, undated

  • Box 4, Folder 2-3
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Publicity, circa 1967-1970

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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Newsletters, brochures, student handbook: Includes The Flame News (May 1964) and The Tower Gazette (November 1955), 1949-1964, undated

  • Box 4, Folder 1
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Newsletters, 1969-1970

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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Events: Commencement programs, 1944-1961

  • Box 4, Folder 4
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Events: Programs and invitations to convocation; schedules of campus events, 1967-1970

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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School closing: Correspondence; publicity; financial information including paying off final expenses; Board meeting minutes; legislation relating to dissolution of school, 1970

  • Box 3, Folder 5
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School closing: Grant application to the Brown Foundation; budget request for summer program; audit report; correspondence with Lawrence (Larry) Forgy and Governor Louie B. Nunn, 1970-1971

  • Box 3, Folder 6
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