JEAN THOMAS COLLECTION: “Racoon Hollow” (1930’s)

The boy is probably Lora Thacker of Raccoon Hollow [Harlan County], Kentucky, who had been unable to stand upright until he was taken by Dr. Arthur Shade Jones, eastern head of the Kentucky Crippled Children Commission, to Stephenson orthopedic hospital in Ashland, Kentucky. Jean Thomas took an interest in him, and in Dr. Jones’ work, […]

KENTUCKY COLLECTION: “A.F. Robinette and Her Father” (1930’s)

A.F. Robinette and her father. Two men, with hats, suits, and pipes, stand at the side of a log cabin. Allie Fair Robinette stands on the porch, and her father walks away from her, looking at the men. The laundry hangs on a line at the front of the house, which faces a wooded area.

KENTUCKY COLLECTION: “Jilson Setters” (1920’s)

Annabel Morris and Jean Thomas (wearing tam) stand behind fiddler Jilson Setters (a pseudonym for James William (J.W.) Day, 1860-1942). Item no. 1979.33.0310 in the Jean Thomas, The Traipsin’ Woman, Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

KENTUCKY COLLECTION: “Aunt Hanna Church” (1920′s)

Aunt Hanner Church, wearing a long polka-dot dress and shawl, sits outside a log cabin holding a broom, with a woven basket at her feet. 3 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. b&w nitrate negative. Item no. 1979.33.0046 in the Jean Thomas, The Traipsin’ Woman, Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

KENTUCKY COLLECTION: “Bonnet and Shawl” (1930′s)

Blanche Preston Jones wearing bonnet and shawl. Creator: Thomas, Jean, b. 1881 (collector) Blanche Preston Jones wears a bonnet and shawl (possibly indicating that she is a participant in the annual American Folk Song Festival held at the Traipsin’ Woman Cabin near the Mayo Trail, Boyd County, Kentucky). Jones is said to be a descendant […]

KENTUCKY COLLECTION: “Aunt Charity” (1900′s)

An African-American woman wearing a long dress and head scarf sits at a table on a porch, writing. A portrait of Abraham Lincoln is propped up on the table. In her 1940 book ‘The Sun Shines Bright, ‘ Thomas recalls that Aunt Charity had been hired to clean Thomas’ mother’s home in Ashland, Kentucky. Noticing […]