Ruth Knarr Yerkey Papers (Record Group 83), 1924-1928

Descriptive Summary

Ruth Knarr Yerkey Papers (Record Group 83), 1924-1928
Yerkey, Ruth Knarr, d.1987
.25 cubic feet, 350 items, 1 box
Finding Aid Author
Sharon Brown McConnell
Eastern Kentucky University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mrs. Ruth Knarr Yerkey, who was known as "Rufy" during her years at Eastern, graduated from Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College in 1928 with a bachelor's degree in history. She also attended the University of Cincinnati, Miami University of Ohio, and the University of Kentucky. She taught for forty-one years in the Newport City Schools, both in the elementary schools and junior high schools.
She was married in 1944 to William T. Yerkey. Following her retirement, they traveled extensively, going around the world. They especially enjoyed the European countries and Alaska. Memories of these jaunts were shared with others through slide presentations. Volunteer work, especially in historic preservation, was also important during these years.
Mrs. Yerkey died on February 4, 1987 at Ft. Thomas, Kentucky where she had spent most of her life.
Scope and Content
This was a carefully preserved collection consisting of a number of photographs and memorabilia from Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College, 1924-28, the years Mrs. Yerkey was a student here. This collection gives a brief composite of Mrs. Yerkey's years as a co-ed from a picture of the freshmen class, 1924, to herself in cap and gown upon her graduation. This collection also contains items relating to the social and academic climate of Eastern at that time.
This collection is divided into two series: Photographs and Publications/Memorabilia.

Contents of the Collection

Photograph Series

This series is comprised of 49 photographs which were taken when Ruth Knarr Yerkey was a student at Eastern. Many of these are snapshots of Mrs. Yerkey and her friends. Some photographs of field trips were taken when her science class went on excursions. Others are of buildings at EKU. Dates of the photographs are 1924-28. A photograph of the Freshman Class 1925, is included and there is also a picture of Mrs. Yerkey in the academic regalia.


Agnes Hays.

Ruth Knarr and friends.

Central University building.

Freshman class.

Class trip.

Class trip.

Class trip.


Edna Mullins and Elva Prather.

Julia Barbarick and Loyd Hill.

Agnes Hays and Loyd Hill

Ruth Knarr and friends.

Roy Murphy and Ruth Knarr.

Ruth Knarr, Agnes Hays, Estella Martin & Fish.

Mayme Richardson, Ruth Driehoff, and Noreau Mills.

Estella Martin.

Memorial Hall.

Mae Cornett.

Richmond, KY Post Office.

Lloyd Hamilton, Dewey Hendricks, L.K. Rice.

Erma Cornelison and Ruth Knarr.

Edriola Gray and Ruth Knarr.

Mae Cornett, Robert Hays, and Erma Cornelison.

Mildred Scott.

Molly Short.


Hope Keeney and Nancy Summay.

Scene from Sullivan Hall.


Ava Howard.

Publications and Memorabilia

Memorabilia. 1924-28.

This series is comprised of post cards and printed photographs of Eastern's buildings and campus, programs from Eastern and local productions, invitations to parties and proms, place cards, a graduation invitation, articles on the illness and death of President T.J. Coates, a journal of about ten pages and lists of names covering the period 1924-1928.
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