Education (Elementary, Secondary and Post-Secondary)
Wendell P. Butler Collection. Butler served in the State Senate from 1947-1951. He was state superintendent of public schools from 1952-56 when the Minimum Foundation Program was initiated that provided funding to schools based on attendance. Butler served as superintendent of public instruction from 1960-1964 and 1968-1972, as commissioner of agriculture from 1964-1968 and 1972-1976, and as secretary of education and the humanities from 1976-1980. This primary source material consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, photographs, scrapbooks, and audio-visual material.
. George H. Goodman served as director of the Works Progress Administration in Kentucky from 1934-1941. This primary source material consists of correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The WPA built many roads, bridges, schools, dams, and other public structures during the Great Depression. The collection contains many photographs of different schools being constructed throughout Kentucky during this period.
. Wetherby served as lieutenant governor of Kentucky from 1947-1950, and as governor from 1950-1955. This primary source material consists of correspondence, speeches, executive orders, photographs, press releases, newspaper clippings, editorials, election results, campaign literature, political cartoons, scrapbooks, appointment books, printed material, and memorabilia. During the Wetherby administration the Minimum Foundation Program was initiated that provided funding to schools based on attendance. See also the Lawrence W. Wetherby Oral History Project located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
History of Education in Kentucky Oral History Project: Minimum Foundation Program Project. This project documents the implementation, success and failures of the Minimum Foundation Program that was enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1954, and provided funding to schools based on attendance. This project is located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Oral History Project. The 9 interviews in this project help to document the history and work of the Prichard Committee. The Prichard Committee, originally named the Committee on Higher Education in Kentucky's Future, was formed in 1980 to recommend future directions for public universities. The committee's first chairman was Edward F. Prichard. This project is located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
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