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Collection Title: Kirkland (J. Brackin) Papers

Collection Number: M15

BOX AND FOLDER LIST

SERIES I: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL AND FAMILY HISTORIES

Gathered together in this series are handwritten autobiographical notes and reminiscences, biographical notes from publications, newspaper clippings, and obituaries of J. Brackin and Eleanor George Kirkland, together with files of clippings, ephemera, and occasional notes by Mrs. Kirkland on each of their four children and the two grandchildren who grew up near them in Moselle, Mississippi.

Family histories and genealogical notes also constitute an important part of this series. Material on the Kirkland and George families predominates; the other families(except for the Shows of Mississippi) are ancestors or relatives of Mrs. Kirkland who lived in New York state. Much of the George family material was compiled by Mrs. Kirkland's mother, Esther Brewster George.

Notable items in this series include a typewritten history of the Kirkland family by C. Hascal Kirkland (Box 1, Folder 33) and notes made by J. Brackin Kirkland in preparation for an oral history interview in 1973 (Box 1, Folder 3). The interview was conducted for the University of Southern Mississippi's Mississippi Oral History Program. A transcript is available in the Mississippiana Collection at the McCain Library and Archives (Oral histories, volume 41).

Box 1: Biographical material and family histories

J. Brackin Kirkland biographical material
  Folder 1 Autobiographical notes
  2 Reminiscences
  3 Notes for USM oral history interview: 1973
  4 Biographical notes by Mrs. Kirkland
  5 Personal newsclippings: 1921-1977
 

6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Clippings from scrapbook:           : Boys Club appointments
: Boys Club work
: Cornell-New York State College of Agriculture
: Cornell trustee candidacy
: George Junior Republic
: Radburn, N.J.
: Southern Industrial Institute
  13 Obituaries: 1974
  14 Obituaries of Eleanor George Kirkland: 1983


  Kirkland family biographical material
  Folder 15
16-17
18
19
20
21
22
Joseph Brackin Kirkland, Jr.
Joseph Brackin Kirkland III
Karen Kirkland
Richard Ide Kirkland
William George Kirkland
Julia Tucker Kirkland Leidy
General information

  Family histories
  Folder 23 Brewster family
  24
25
26
27
28
29
30
George family : William R. George lineage
: Notes by Esther Brewster George
: Letters from Elizabeth George Morse: 1950-1952
: DAR application, Eleanor George Kirkland
: History of Asbury Church, Lansing, N.Y.
: Biography of Frances George Adams
: Photos
  31 Ide family
  32 Kelsey family
 

33
34
35
36
37
38

Kirkland family : Family history of Elijah Thomas Kirkland
: Children of Elijah Thomas Kirkland
: Obituaries and clippings: 1933-1979
: Maps
: Family photos
: Miscellaneous material
  39
40
41
Rawlinson family Bible records
Shows family
Shows-Roberts families


SERIES II: CORRESPONDENCE

The Correspondence Series is the largest series of the Kirkland collection, comprising some 11 cubic feet of material. Most of this correspondence concerns personal and family affairs; it chronicles in great detail the private lives of four generations of an American family from the 1920's to the 1970's. The correspondence is divided into six subseries: 1) Correspondence of the immediate family, 2) Correspondence with Esther Brewster George, 3) Correspondence with the George family, 4) Correspondence with the Kirkland family, 5) Personal correspondence (letters from friends), and 6) Letters of sympathy. It should be noted that there is little professional correspondence in this series. J. Brackin Kirkland kept those letters with his other professional papers; they may be found in the appropriate professional series.

Correspondence of the Immediate Family

Correspondence of the immediate family consists chiefly of letters to J. Brackin and Eleanor George Kirkland from their adult children, chiefly 1950-1978. There are approximately four hundred of these letters; they concentrate on personal and domestic concerns such as early married life, births and education of their own children, family life and celebrations, illnesses, moves, and job changes, over a period of almost thirty years. Many of the letters were written by their spouses; also included are a number of letters by their children. The earliest of the letters from the Kirklands' grandchildren are Christmas thank-you notes written in childish script; the latest are from their teen and young adult years. The other correspondence in the immediate family subseries consists of a few letters by J. Brackin Kirkland, poetic Christmas greetings composed by the Kirklands, and carbons of approximately thirty typewritten general letters (1944-1950) sent by Mrs. Kirkland to family members. Mrs. Kirkland called these general letters "rounders." She sent copies to her mother, each of her children, and a few other close relatives; they are a rich source of family news, as Mrs. Kirkland summarized the doings of each member of the family for all the others. Some of those letters are three or four pages long, typed single-spaced.

Box 2: Correspondence of the immediate family
  Folder 1
2-3
4
Eleanor George Kirkland

J. Brackin Kirkland
: Cards and letters to JBK: 1943-1973
: General letters to family: 1944-1950
: Miscellaneous personal corr.: 1923-1963
  5-8
9-19
Christmas greetings from the Kirklands
Joseph Brackin Kirkland, Jr., and Charlotte Johnson Kirkland: 1950-1978

Box 3: Correspondence of the immediate family
  Folder 1-14
15-25
Richard Ide Kirkland and Alice Creel Kirkland: 1950-1982
William George Kirkland and Shirley Dawson Kirkland: 1942-1982

Box 4: Correspondence of the immediate family
  Folder 1-14 15
16-18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Julia Kirkland Leidy and Joseph Leidy IV: 1950-1982
Derek Granger Kirkland: 1964-1971
Joseph Brackin Kirkland III: 1966-1982
Joseph Brackin Kirkland III: Woodloch Pines, 1971-1972
Karen Elizabeth Kirkland: 1966-1982
Katherine Lee Kirkland: 1967-1982
Keith Brewster Kirkland: 1967-1974
Richard Ide Kirkland, Jr.: 1956-1976
Steven Paul Kirkland: 1965-1982
Joseph Leidy V: 1960-1976
Paul Tyson Leidy: 1964-1973


Correspondence with Esther Brewster George

The largest subseries of correspondence is the second subseries, Correspondence with Esther Brewster George (Mrs. Kirkland's mother). This subseries consists of several thousand letters exchanged between Mrs. George (in Freeville, New York) and Eleanor George Kirkland and her children. The letters by Mrs. George, written semiweekly and sometimes daily over a period of forty years, are rich in news of the George family and the George Junior Republic. They are also full of comments on politics and current events reflecting Mrs. George's conservative Republican views; and her letters from the late 1950's chronicle the decline and death of her grandson Kenneth Urquhart from multiple sclerosis. Most of the letters are personal ones to Eleanor George Kirkland, but a good number are copies of typewritten "rounders" Mrs. George sent out to close relatives. These "rounders" often summarize news of the Kirklands as well as the Georges. Mrs. Kirkland also filed occasional letters from other relatives in Freeville, New York (particularly her sisters and nieces) into this file of letters from her mother.

The letters to Mrs. George from Mrs. Kirkland (comprising a separate file) are particularly detailed for the 1940's, when the Kirklands lived in Camp Hill, Alabama, and they contain family news as well as much news of the Southern Industrial Institute. The letters to Mrs. George from the Kirkland children (like those of their own children in the previous subseries) begin with childhood Christmas thank-you notes and extend into their young adulthood. Letters to Mrs. George from the Kirkland boys during and after World War II describe their military service in some detail. The most numerous are from the oldest, William George Kirkland, with descriptions of life as a ski trooper at the U.S. Army Ski Cantonment at Camp Hale, Colorado, and later as an equipment and transportation officer with the 1192nd Engineers in the South Pacific, chiefly at Noumea, New Caledonia (Box 15, Folders 5 to 7). Together, the letters written by the Kirkland children to their grandmother (this subseries) and parents (previous subseries) span their lives from childhood to middle age.

The Esther Brewster George subseries also includes a few letters to Mrs. George from other persons. Nine letters (1939) from Grace Jacoby (Box 15, Folder 15) describe the daily activities of the Kirkland children while she stayed with them during their parents' trip to California. It should also be noted that several early letters to J. Brackin Kirkland from Esther Brewster George are filed in the George Junior Republic series (Box 38, Folder 9); so too are a number of early letters (particularly from the 1920's) from Eleanor George Kirkland to Mrs. George (Box 38, Folders 11 and 12).

Boxes 5 to 12: Correspondence with Esther Brewster George

  Letters from Esther Brewster George to Eleanor George Kirkland
    Box 5: February 16, 1905-June 7, 1942
Box 6: June 9, 1942-October 13, 1946
Box 7: October 17, 1946-December 27, 1949
Box 8: January 1, 1950-June 20, 1952
Box 9: June 21, 1952-December 31, 1954
Box 10: January 1, 1955-December 31, 1956
Box 11: January 2, 1957-June 1, 1959
Box 12: June 5, 1959-April 8, 1962


Box 13: Correspondence with Esther Brewster George

  Folder 1-15 Letters from Eleanor George Kirkland:1928-1949


Box 14: Correspondence with Esther Brewster George

  Folder 1-11
12-14
Letters from Eleanor George Kirkland: 1949-1957
Letters from Joseph B. Kirkland, Jr.:1941-1960


Box 15: Correspondence with Esther Brewster George

  Folder 1-3
4-10
11-12
Letters from Richard Ide Kirkland: 1938-1959
Letters from William George Kirkland: 1937-1961
Letters from Julia Tucker Kirkland Leidy: 1937-1955
  Folder 13
14
15
16
Correspondence with : Elizabeth H. Brewster: 1950
: Rodney Gould: 1943-1944
: Grace Jacoby: 1939
: Betty Brewster Kirkland: 1939-1941
  17-18 Miscellaneous correspondence


Correspondence with the George family

The third subseries, Correspondence with the George family, consists mainly of letters to Mrs. Kirkland from her sisters, Esther George Urquhart and Edith George Freeborn, as well as a number of nieces and cousins. The letters from Mrs. Kirkland's sisters contain both family and George Junior Republic news. Their husbands, Donald T. Urquhart and Malcolm J. Freeborn, were executive director and school principal, respectively, of the Republic over many decades. Mrs. Kirkland did not establish files for her sisters until her mother died in 1962; occasional earlier letters from them are interfiled among Mrs. George's letters. Like her mother, Edith George Freeborn was a conservative Republican; comments on Republican Party affairs in New York and the nation, politics in general, and the disturbances at Cornell University (1960's and 1970's) may be found in her letters. One letter of particular note in this subseries is a fourpage typewritten letter to the Kirklands dated February 29, 1968, from Mrs. Kirkland's cousin, C. Wesley Brewster, a Foreign Service Officer in Saigon, South Vietnam, describing in detail his experiences during the Vietcong Tet Offensive (Box 16, Folder 7).

Box 16: Correspondence with the George family

  Folder 1-6
7
8
9
10-11
12-13
John and Frances George Adams: 1950-1978
C. Wesley Brewster: 1965-1976
Freeman T. Brewster: 1938-1976
Laura Brewster: 1950
S. Virginia Brewster: 1945-1982
Dorinda Haviland Bright: 1939-1977 14 Elaine Brewster Bulatkin: 1972-1976


Box 17: Correspondence with the George family

  Folder 1-11
13
14
15
16-17
18
19
Edith George Freeborn: 1939-1978 12 Alfhild Johansson George: 1946
Edgar George: 1958-1982
O.K. George: 1939-1950
Lisbeth Haviland: 1973-1975
Victor and E.C. Urquhart Powell:1950-1976
Judith Brewster Reiterman: 1970-1976
Frank and Shirley Urquhart Speno: 1967-1976


Box 18: Correspondence with the George family

  Folder 1-9
10
Esther George Urquhart: 1969-1977
Miscellaneous


Correspondence with the Kirkland family

The Kirkland family subseries consists chiefly of letters to J. Brackin Kirkland from his parents, brothers and sisters (and their spouses), and nieces and nephews, with a few letters by Kirkland himself. There are also quite a few letters to Eleanor George Kirkland after her husband's death. Most letters relate to family affairs and are written from Mississippi; however, a good number come from El Paso, Texas, where two of Kirkland's brothers (Hascal and Burruss) and several children of one of his sisters (Lula Kirkland Shows) relocated. The Kirkland family letters are generally arranged by correspondent; however, J. Brackin Kirkland placed most letters about his parents (their homelife, health, final days, and estates) in the file with their own letters, no matter who the correspondent.

The earliest letter in the Kirkland family subseries is dated 1886; it is a typewritten transcript of a letter to Kirkland's father, Elijah Thomas Kirkland, from his uncle, Josiah Brackin, back in Alabama (Box 19, Folder 16). The original letter is also available at the McCain Library and Archives in the L. Clinton Kirkland papers (M244). A good portion of J. Brackin Kirkland's early correspondence with family members (particularly his brother Clayton) relates to his land investments in Jones County (1920's); these letters concern taxes, prospective land deals, and relations with tenants on the land. Letters from Kirkland's brother Hascal (a widower with two daughters in El Paso) chronicle his struggle with tuberculosis in the mid-1930's (Box 19, Folder 15). Hascal was probably the most introspective of the Kirkland brothers; his letters, as he knew he was dying, contain reflections on life, suffering, and death, as well as details of the progress of the disease, financial difficulties, and plans for his children.

The largest file in the Kirkland family subseries, consisting of several hundred letters, is the file of correspondence between Kirkland and his younger brother Clinton. Kirkland kept carbons of many of his letters to Clinton, so in this file both sides of the correspondence are represented. The earliest letters from Clinton are approximately thirty he wrote during World War I from Camp Dix (New Jersey), Camp Greene (Charlotte, North Carolina), and from France and Andernach, Germany. He served with the Medical Detachment of the 7th U.S. Infantry. Like his older brother, Clinton attended Cornell University, but he returned to farm in Mississippi. Many of his letters from the late 1920's until 1950 (when J. Brackin Kirkland himself returned) describe in some detail his farming activities and the state of agriculture in south Mississippi generally; they very often read like reports from an agricultural agent. Included in Clinton Kirkland's file are many letters transmitting family news written by his wife Betty, a cousin of Eleanor George Kirkland. Clinton Kirkland is also represented by a small manuscript collection (M244) in the McCain Library and Archives.

Box 19: Correspondence with the Kirkland family

 

Folder 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14-15
16-19
20-21
22

Lela Jones Carraway: 1972-1976
Henry Collins: 1970-1975
Bill and Betty Cox: 1973
Myrtice Stringer Ellzey: 1969-1974
Anne Blythe Kirkland Faulk: 1935-1972
Ivella Jones Gibbs: 1932-1950
Jane Ware Kirkland Hawley: 1944-1974
Wilson Herrington: 1931-1974
Elborn Jones: 1933-1942
Hallie Jones: 1975
Rena Kirkland Jones: 1943-1948
William N. and Irven T. Jones: 1923-1950
Bob Britt Kirkland: 1949
C. Hascal Kirkland: 1916-1935
E.T. and Samantha Kirkland: 1886-1941
J. Burruss and Nora Kirkland: 1919-1976
John Thomas and Gerry Kirkland: 1944-1975


Box 20: Correspondence with the Kirkland family

  Folder 1-4
5-8
9-18
L. Clayton Kirkland: 1918-1964
L. Clinton Kirkland: World War I: 1917-1919
L. Clinton and Betty Kirkland:1926-1937


Box 21: Correspondence with the Kirkland family

  Folder 1-11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
L. Clinton and Betty Kirkland: 1938-1976
Ola Jones McRaney: 1971-1976
Alda Jones Parker: 1969-1975
Athalia Jones Priscock: 1971-1975
Myrtie Shows Roberts: 1952-1976
Hilburn and Roberta Shows: 1968-1976
Lula Kirkland Shows: 1939-1974
Shows cousins in Texas: 1939-1972
Delia Kirkland Stringer: 1920-1969
Eleanor Jo Kirkland Wanker: 1946-1982
Miscellaneous


Personal Correspondence

The Personal correspondence files consist almost exclusively of letters to the Kirklands from old friends from their days at the George Junior Republic, Cornell University, Southern Industrial Institute, and the towns of Radburn, New Jersey and Camp Hill, Alabama. Also included are cards and letters from their children's in-laws. The original association of each correspondent with the Kirklands is indicated in the folder listing; Mrs. Kirkland also identified some of the correspondents in annotations on their letters. The largest single file (ca. 250 letters) came from Ellen and Marian Rawlinson, two elderly sisters who were friends of the George family. Residents of Brooklyn, New York, almost all of their lives, they relocated to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1965, to be near the Kirklands, their closest friends. Many of the letters from former teachers and citizens of the George Junior Republic contain reminiscences of their lives there. Several other correspondents were Alpha Phi sorority sisters of Mrs. Kirkland; other correspondence with them (chiefly letters by Mrs. Kirkland, rich in family information) may be found in the Cornell series (Box 36, Folders 1 to 6).

Box 22: Personal correspondence

A code appears after most names indicating the original association of the individual with the Kirklands. CHA denotes friends from Camp Hill, Alabama; CU, Cornell University; GJR, George Junior Republic and Freeville, New York; RNJ, Radburn, New Jersey; and R, friends and relatives of the Rawlinson sisters.

 

Folder 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16-17
18
19-21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30-31

Baker, Elizabeth (GJR): 1970-1975
Ball, Mayme D.: 1952-1970
Belden, Louise F. (CU): 1972-1978
Birch, Katharine (R): 1969-1976
Bizzell, Polly (CU): 1944-1959
Geddie, Blanche: 1967-1974
Bolgiano, Liz and Ralph: 1964-1976
Brewer, Violet and J. Linton (RNJ):1948-1974
Carey, Henry: 1975
Carr, Cora Greene (GJR): 1971-1976
Case, Doris Fellows (GJR): 1972-1974
Cox, Genna Lou (CHA): 1969-1976
Creel, Essie and John Paul (in-law): 1950-1976
Creel, Joyce and John Paul, Jr. (in-law): 1968-1975
Darling, Evalina (CU): 1970-1972
Dartnell, Tom: 1944-1976
Davis, Mary Skelding: 1970-1973
Dawson, Charles B. (GJR): 1923-1978
Dawson, Marjorie (in-law): 1956-1970
Donlon, Mary (CU): 1940-1977
Flash, Ned and Do: 1972-1973
Forbes, Stephen (GJR): 1940-1976
Gabbett, Irma (CHA): 1970-1976
Ganyard, Leslie and Mervin (GJR): 1939-1976
Garimaldi, Eddie (GJR): 1958-1976
Graves, Marian Selden (GJR): 1974-1975
Hill, Arline Rorke (GJR): 1939-1976


Box 23: Personal correspondence

  Folder 1-2
3-4
5-6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19-21
22
Hodgkiss, Marian Irish (CU): 1941-1976
Hotchkiss, Willard E. (GJR): 1924-1956
Hunsicker, Edna: 1940-1974
Hurley, Ethel (GJR): 1947-1949
Irish, Ruth (CU): 1948-1976
Johnson, Ernest and Nettie (in-law): 1954-1982
Kendall, Harriott Parsons (CU): 1947-1977
Lancaster, Bess E. Livingston (GJR): 1968-1975
Lazo, Kent and William: 1963-1974
LeRoy, Elizabeth Brainard (GJR): 1953-1976
Lambright, Andy and Grace: 1970-1976
Loman, Sven and Danny (GJR): 1952-1973
Long, Esther (RNJ): 194?-1967
Long, Hugh and Frances (CHA): 1949-1976
Loomis, Genevieve Krey (CU): 1943-1976
Lovejoy, Fred and Betty (RNJ): 1935-1975
McKay, Katherine (CHA): 1950-1976


Box 24: Personal correspondence

  Folder 1
2
3
4
5
6-7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14-15
16-21
McClelland, William F. and Pauline Brooks (GJR): 1938-1971
2 McCollum, Ernestine (CU): 1948-1976
3 McDavis, Hobie (GJR): 1968-1974
4 McGraw, Bess (GJR): 1967-1975
5 Meadows, Iris and Odell (CHA): 1968-1975
6-7 Morgan, Dorothy Conger (GJR): 1967-1976
8 Mould, Elizabeth (R): 1968-1975
9 Myers, Villa (GJR): 1968-1975
10 North, Harriet (GJR): 1962-1982
11 Peters, Dorothy and Herbert (GJR): 1921-1974
12 Pierce, Mildred LaMont (CU): 1945-1971
13 Powell, Marjorie (RNJ): 1939-1976
Ramette, Beatrice Houghton (GJR; CHA): 1948-1977
16-21 Rawlinson, Ellen and Marian: 1950-1960


Box 25: Personal correspondence

  Folder 1-5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
Rawlinson, Ellen and Marian: 1961-1969
Roberts, Ruth (R):1959-1968
Robinson, Melville: 1956-1975
Sager, John (GJR): 1973-1975
Schade, Helen and Alan (RNJ): 1942-1976
Searles, Frank (GJR): 1973-1976
Sellers, Oscar: 1960-1976
Shaw, Helen: 1971-1976
Spencer, Ruth and Leland (CU): 1971-1976
Sprague, Genevieve (CU): 1941-1976
Sullivan, Catherine E. (CHA): 1950-1975
Sutter, Edward and Barrie: 1967-1974
Sutton, M.E. (GJR): 1952-1968
Velie, Mrs. John (R): 1968-1974
Walker, Ben and Lois (CHA): 1953-1976
Walker, John and DD (RNJ): 1952-1976
Wentworth, Charlotte (RNJ): 1939-1975
Wiecking, Janet: 1948-1976
Willison, Dorothy (CU): 1973-1976
Woolsey, Maud Selden (GJR): 1973-1976
Wright, Anna Brown (GJR): 1968-1972
Southern Industrial Institute: 1950-1974
Woodloch Pines: 1964-1973


Box 26: Personal correspondence

  Folder 1-9
10
Miscellaneous, by last name
Miscellaneous, only first name known


Letters of Sympathy

The last subseries in the Correspondence series is the file of Letters of sympathy received by Mrs. Kirkland on her husband's death in 1974. Many contain recollections of their associations with the Kirklands as well as assessments of his life and character. Most of the individuals in the personal correspondence subseries are also represented here by letters of sympathy, as are many of the George and Kirkland relatives. Also placed in this file is the Memorial book from Mr. Kirkland's memorial service.

Box 26: Letters of sympathy, 1974

  Folder 11-20
21-22
23
Alphabetically by last name
Kirkland relatives
Miscellaneous


Box 27: Letters of sympathy, 1974

  Folder 1 Memorial book



SERIES III: FAMILY AND PERSONAL PAPERS


The Family and Personal Papers Series is divided into four subseries: Personal papers, Estate papers, Records of Holly Pine Farm and earlier land acquisitions, and Travel files.

Personal Papers

The Personal papers subseries contains a variety of items of both J. Brackin and Eleanor George Kirkland. Perhaps most noteworthy are the speeches and debate notes Kirkland assembled into one notebook, chiefly from his student years at the Southern Industrial Institute and Cornell University (1911-1918). They reveal his youthful opinions on a number of issues of the day; topics include women's suffrage, problems of the South, lynching, prohibition, the tariff, capital punishment, yellow pine, and George Junior Republic. There are also two diaries (19271931) with very short entries, covering work with the Boys Clubs and at George Junior Republic; two address books, one of which contains several pages of transcribed stories and jokes Kirkland used to begin speeches; and a file of financial records, besides other items listed below. The Christmas card scrapbook contains cards received by the family, chiefly 1935-1937 in Radburn, New Jersey, as well as copies of those they sent. The photo album contains approximately 500 small snapshots (1912-1924) of persons and scenes in Mississippi and at the Southern Industrial Institute, Cornell University, and the George Junior Republic. The papers from Kirkland's clipboard and briefcase were found there at his death. A few items (chiefly letters) were replaced into the files from which he withdrew them;
a list of those items is kept in this series.


Box 27: Personal papers

  Folder 2
3
4
5
Diary: 1927
Diary: 1929-1931
Address book: 1930's
Address book: EGK: 1960-1970's


Box 28: Personal papers

  Folder 1-5
6
Speeches and debates: 1911-1918
Collected quotations, statements, poetry and aphorisms
 

7
8
9
10

Financial records
: Household accounts: 1933-1941
: Stock investments and tree farm income: 1937-1973
: Stock purchases and sales: 1936-1973
: Fairlawn-Radburn Trust Company: 1933-1942
  11
12
13
War records
: World War I
: World War II
: EGK: World War II
  14
15
Diplomas and certificates, EGK and JBK
Christmas card scrapbook: 1935-1937
  16
17
18
19
Photos and drawings : Portrait photos
: Photo album: 1912-1924
: Oversize photos
: Drawings by Malcolm J. Freeborn: 1946, 1966
  20
21
22
23
24
25
Miscellaneous
: Medical notes
: Lists of books and phonorecords
: Notes from JBK clipboard
: Material from JBK briefcase
: Clippings of interest to EGK
: Personal memorabilia of EGK


Estate Papers

This subseries contains files on the estates of six individuals, including William R. and Esther Brewster George, Mrs. Kirkland's parents. John F. George was a relative of Mrs. Kirkland; the Gerrit S. Millers, father and son, were friends of the George family. Mrs. Kirkland was a beneficiary in the will of Gerritt S. Miller, Sr.; she was born Eleanor Miller George.

Miss Julia Lathers (d. 1935) was a wealthy New York heiress who was a longtime friend of the elder Georges and the Kirklands. J. Brackin Kirkland exercised power of attorney for her in her last months; as a consequence of his involvement he found himself the victim of a suit by Miss Lathers' estranged sister Ida. The story of the sisters' estrangement was published in the New York Herald Tribune; clippings are included. Among Ida Lathers contentions was that her sister owned a pecan grove (purchased through Kirkland) and that Kirkland was concealing it from the estate. There is correspondence regarding the suit in this file; Kirkland in fact had invested in some pecan trees for Julia Lathers, not in any land.

Biographical material on William R. and Esther Brewster George may be found in the George Junior Republic series, as can information on Gerrit S. Miller, Sr.

Box 29: Estate papers

Folder 1 William R. George: 1912-1937
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Esther B. George : Correspondence: 1962-1965
: Will: 1960
: Estate assessment: 1963
: Legal papers: 1963-1964
: Personal effects: 1944-1962
: Rings: 1960
: Bank accounts and stocks: 1938-1964
: Notification of death: 1962
10
11
12
John F. George: 1925
Gerrit S. Miller: 1936-1951
12 Gerrit S. Miller, Jr.: 1956
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
Julia Lathers : Correspondence





: Legal papers



: Financial papers

: With Julia Lathers:1919-1934
: Receipts from Julia Lathers: 1929-1934
: With Ida Lathers: 1934-1943
: With Carolyn Bullock: 1935-1947
: Summary: 1919-1935
: Power of attorney: 1935
: Incompetency hearing: 1935
: Will: 19


: Probate papers: 1935
: Burr, Gannett & Company
: City Bank Farmers Trust
: National City Bank
: Household expenses
: Nursing bills
: Miscellaneous bills
: Securities list

29
30
31
  : Lawsuit : Memos: 1935-1936
: Pecan correspondence:1927-1936
: Time accounts: 1935
32
33
34
35
  : Medical papers: 1935
: Miscellaneous notes
: Miscellaneous papers
: Obituaries: 1935
 
Records of Holly Pine Farm and Earlier Land Acquisitions

During the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's, J. Brackin Kirkland bought and sold several tracts of land near Moselle, Mississippi, in the neighborhood of his childhood home. He intended to return home to take up farming after he earned his degree from Cornell in 1918, but he did not do so until he retired from the presidency of the Southern Industrial Institute in 1950. At that time he purchased land from his brother Clinton, land that he had owned once before. He named the farm he developed on that land Holly Pine Farm. In the early years he raised beef cattle; later he concentrated on growing pines. In 1970 he harvested 10,000 pine trees.

This subseries contains correspondence relating to Kirkland's various land transactions (1920's to 1940's) as well as records relating to the operation of Holly Pine Farm (1950's to 1970's). More correspondence regarding land deals and the management of Kirkland's lands before his return to Mississippi can be found in the correspondence with his brothers Clayton and Clinton, who looked after his properties while he was gone (Boxes 20 and 21).

Included in this subseries is correspondence (1924-1942) between Kirkland and Calvin Bender, a black man who both purchased and rented land from him and who occasionally worked for the family. Some of this correspondence is of a personal nature, although most relates to Bender's financial obligations to Kirkland. There are other references to Bender in the correspondence of Clinton Kirkland (Boxes 20 and 21). Bender's son Singleton Bender later became principal of the Piney Woods School in Mississippi, a black institution similar in purpose to the Southern Industrial Institute; more information on the family may be found in the Piney Woods School series (Box 51, Folder 12). Another file of correspondence (Brunson acreage) documents complicated negotiations in clearing up a question of title to eighty acres of land.

Kirkland sold timber from his land on several occasions, both before and after his return to Mississippi. Included in the Masonite Corporation file (concerning a possible timber sale) is a 1935 color catalog of Masonite products and their application in home design (Box 30, Folder 29). Now a nationally known firm, Masonite Corporation is a south Mississippi institution; Kirkland corresponded directly with Mr. Mason.

The records of Holly Pine Farm are not extensive, but they do include plans for the house and barn (which he designed), correspondence and receipts for timber sales, and other miscellaneous records.

Box 30: Records of Holly Pine Farm and earlier land acquisitions

  Folder 1-4 Correspondence concerning land
  1
2
3
4
  Tolar place: 1924-1926
Calvin Bender: 1931-1942
Brunson acreage: 1940-1942
Haynes purchase: 1942
  5-16 House and barn construction records
  5
6
7-8
  House and barn plans: ca. 1950
Well specifications: 1950
Materials lists and expense accounts
  9
10
11-12
13
14
15
16
  Receipts : Clinton Lumber Company
: S.C. Lowry Lumber Company
: Sears Roebuck
: Concrete and block
: Treated lumber
: Bathroom work: 1970
: Miscellaneous
  17-24 Farm operations records
  17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
  Land acquisition notes
Capital expenditures: 1950-1961
Labor record: 1953-1954
Accounts with Clinton Kirkland: 1951-1959
Cattle breeding records: 1951
American Aberdeen-Angus Breeders Association
Fertilization schedules
Southern Railway correspondence: 1952, 1966
 
  25-31 Timber sales: Correspondence and receipts
  25
26
27
28
29
30
31
  Edward Anderson Pulpwood Company: 1972
Byrnes Lumber: 1972-1973
Davis Pulpwood Company: 1972-1973
S.C. Lowry Lumber Company: 1951
Masonite Corporation: 1937-1941
Wood Preserving, Inc.: 1972
Miscellaneous: 1956-1973
 
  32-24 Publications
  32
33
34
  Farm equipment: parts lists
Fish pond literature
Pest control literature
 


Travel Files

Files on several major trips taken by the Kirklands, consisting chiefly of travel brochures, tourist information, and postcards, are preserved in this small subseries. Many of the items were annotated by Mrs. Kirkland. Further information on their 1938 Caribbean cruise may be found in the Boys Clubs of America series, William E. Hall correspondence (Box 41, Folder 9). Hall was president of the Boys Clubs and a close friend of the Kirklands; he booked the cruise for them. The Kirklands' friends Ellen and Marian Rawlinson accompanied them on the 1962 trip to New England and eastern Canada.

The Kirklands also undertook several fundraising trips for the Southern Industrial Institute during the 1940's. Records of those trips (chiefly of a financial nature, but also recording their itineraries) are found in the Southern Industrial Institute series (Box 48).

Box 31: Travel files

 

Folder 1-2
3
4
5
6
7
8-9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19

Caribbean cruise, 1938
Southeastern states, 1950


Western states, 1950





New England and Canada, 1962





Virginia, 1962

: Charleston, S.C.
: Florida
: Mobile, Alabama (Bellingrath Gardens)
: Correspondence
: Trip log
: California
: Oregon
: Texas
: Miscellaneous
: New Brunswick
: Nova Scotia
: Ontario
: Prince Edward Island
: Quebec
: Miscellaneous


Box 32: Travel files

 

Folder 1-2
3-4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14-15
16

Trip planning, 1971-1973
Alaska and Canada, 1972









New England
Miscellaneous
: Correspondence
: Alaska
: Alberta
: British Columbia
: Canada
: Kansas
: Montana
: Ontario
: South Dakota
: Washington
: Yellowstone
: various and undated


SERIES IV: CORNELL UNIVERSITY PAPERS

J. Brackin Kirkland entered Cornell University as a freshman in the fall of 1914 and was awarded the bachelor of science degree from the New York State College of Agriculture in May 1918. For the next two years he was enrolled in graduate work in agriculture and served as an instructor in farm practice. He left Cornell to become superintendent of the George Junior Republic in 1920, but returned to resume graduate studies in 1925. He was awarded the master of science degree in 1926. Kirkland held a variety of odd jobs to finance his undergraduate education, participated in numerous activities and organizations, and, in general, was a B and C student. He was active in alumni affairs until his death in 1974. From 1929 to 1930 he was president of the College of Agriculture's alumni association.

Eleanor George Kirkland was a member of the Class of 1920 Women, receiving a bachelor's degree in home economics. The four Kirkland children were also Cornell graduates, as was Kirkland's younger brother Clinton.

This series documents J. Brackin and Eleanor George Kirkland's associations with Cornell as both students and alumni. It is divided into four subseries: General material (Box 33), J. Brackin Kirkland alumni activities (Boxes 34 and 35), Eleanor George Kirkland alumni activities (Boxes 36 and 37), and University publications (Box 37).

The General material includes correspondence, reminiscences, academic records, subject files, clippings, and photos. Most of the correspondence relates to Cornell or Cornell associates. It includes letters relating to Kirkland's consideration for the positions of Cornell alumni secretary (1939) and counselor of students (1941), as well as letters of recommendation for admittance into the Air Corps (1918) and negotiations for a possible position at Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (1920). Kirkland was most proud of a letter of recommendation written for him in 1917 by former Cornell president Andrew D. White; a transcript is kept in this subseries (Box 33, Folder 3). Also placed in this series is a copy of his masters thesis, "An Economic Survey of Receipt and Distribution of the Perishable Fruit and Vegetable Supplies of Binghamton," and subject files on student organizations to which he belonged. The reminiscences contained within this subseries were written for the journal Cornell Countryman in 1941 and relate to his student days at the university.

The subseries on J. Brackin Kirkland alumni activities is almost equally divided between material relating to his candidacy for Cornell's Board of Trustees and the affairs of the Class of 1918. Several positions on the Cornell Board of Trustees were elected by the alumni. Kirkland unsuccessfully sought election to the board in 1939 and 1941, and his friends waged active correspondence campaigns on his behalf. Included in this subseries are letters of endorsement,letters discussing campaign strategy, campaign material, and financial records. An extensive biographical summary was printed for the 1941 campaign; he used it as a resume for the rest of his life.

Mrs. Kirkland was also active in alumni affairs; her work is the subject of the third subseries. Included here are approximately 100 letters (19401978) she wrote to four fellow members of Alpha Phi sorority, Ruth Irish, Marian Irish Hodgkiss, Genevieve Krey Loomis, and Genevieve Sprague. They were "round robin" letters circulated to each of the former classmates; the original letters came back after making the circuit. The letters are rich in Kirkland family information, usually written at intervals of two or three months. Mrs. Kirkland also corresponded with each of the classmates on an individual basis; those letters may be found in Personal Correspondence (Boxes 22-25). Personal correspondence with other associates from the Kirkland's Cornell days may also be found there.

In 1941 Mrs. Kirkland served as a class representative for the Alumni Fund campaign. Placed in this subseries are correspondence, reports, and a manual from that campaign, as well as scattered material from other campaigns. The series of Cornell material concludes with various university publications and event programs the Kirklands collected over the years.

Box 33: Cornell University: General material, 1914-1967

  Folder 1-2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
Correspondence










Reminiscences
Academic records
Masters thesis
Subject files








Clippings


Photos
: General, 1915-1967
: Military service, 1917
: Asa C. King: 1917-1918
: Pat Harrison: 1918-1919
: Mississippi A & M College: 1920
: Alumni secretary position, 1939
: Counselor position: 1941
: Hayden Fund: 1941
: Sidney P. Howell: 1942-1948
: Albert R. Mann: 1921-1944
: Clyde Mayer: 1941
: 1941
: 1914-1926
: 1926
: Aleph Samach
: Alpha Zeta
:Eastman Stage
: Kamp Kohut (Oxford, Maine)
: Sphinx Head Society
: Student Honor Committee
: Varsity crew
: Cyrus Heizer
: Andrew D. White
: J. Brackin Kirkland: 1914-1931
: About Cornell: 1930's
: Miscellaneous
: 1916-1926


Box 34: Cornell University: J. Brackin Kirkland alumni activities

 

Folder 1
2
3
4-5
6
7-18
19
20
21

Trustee candidacy, 1939




Trustee candidacy, 1941


Trustee elections:1937-1975
: Correspondence
: Willard Place letters
: Form letters
: Campaign material
: Financial records
: Correspondence
: Biographies
: Financial records


Box 35: Cornell University: J. Brackin Kirkland alumni activities

  Folder 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Class of 1918





: Newsletter: 1923-1958
: 25th reunion, 1943
: 30th reunion, 1948
: 40th reunion, 1958
: 50th reunion, 1968
: 55th reunion, 1973
: Miscellaneous
 

8
9
10-11
12-13
14
15

Agriculture alumni affairs
Cornellian Council/Alumni Fund: Contributions: 1937-1945
                                                : Bulletin: 1929-1938
Cornell Club of New York
Alumni Association: Newsletter: 1946-1957
Miscellaneous


Box 36: Cornell University: Eleanor G. Kirkland alumni activities

  Folder 1-6
7
8
Alpha Phi sorority : Letters: 1940-1978
: Deltagram: 1943-1948
: Miscellaneous: 1941-1972
  9
10
11
12
13-19
Alumni Fund campaigns : 1939-1940
: 1941: Correspondence
: 1941: Campaign reports
: 1941: Class representative's manual
: 1942-1961
  20
21
22
Cornell Women's Club of New York: 1939-1941
Bergen County Cornell Women's Club
Class of 1920 Women: 30th reunion, 1950
  23
24
25
Class of 1920 Women : 50th reunion, 1970: Correspondence: Mildred L. Pierce
: 50th reunion, 1970: Correspondence: Miscellaneous
: 50th reunion, 1970: Class letters


Box 37: Cornell University: Eleanor G. Kirkland alumni activities

  Folder 1
2
3-4
5
6
7
Class of 1920 Women : 50th reunion, 1970: Class reports
: 50th reunion, 1970: Memorabilia
: 50th reunion, 1970: Miscellaneous
: 55th reunion, 1975: Correspondence
: 55th reunion, 1975: Class letters
: 55th reunion, 1975: Miscellaneous
  8 Clippings: Coeducation controversy, 1920


Box 37: Cornell University: Publications

  Folder 9
10-11
12-14
Cornell Plantations: 1944-1957
Dept. of Agricultural Economics
Programs, etc.


SERIES V: GEORGE JUNIOR REPUBLIC PAPERS

J. Brackin Kirkland worked twice at the George Junior Republic, the first time under the title of superintendent (1920-1925), the second time as executive director (1928-1931). In each instance he was the director of the institution, which included a school, farm, and several small industries as well as residential facilities for the citizen-students. The papers in this series, comprising correspondence, memos, reports, minutes, subject files, publications, clippings, and photos, document Kirkland's administrative work at the GJR, his relationship with the institution's founder, William R. George (his father-in-law), activities at the republic during his tenure and after, and his earliest associations with the George family during his courtship of Eleanor Miller George, later his wife.

The series is divided into three subseries: General material (Box 38), Records and Publications of the George Junior Republic (Box 39), and Subject files (Box 40). The General material subseries includes files of correspondence with specific individuals as well as a chronological file of correspondence, memos, reports, and other papers arranged by Kirkland himself. Within these files is considerable correspondence relating to Kirkland's acceptance of the appointments at the GJR in 1920 and 1927. The negotiations over powers and duties, particularly in 1927, were long and protracted, and that process is reflected in correspondence between Kirkland and the Board of Trustees (Box 38, Folders 2 and 4) and between Eleanor George Kirkland and her parents (Box 38, Folders 11 and 12). Correspondence in the general chronological file also reflects Kirkland's dissatisfaction that led to his resignation in 1931.

The file of correspondence with Esther Brewster George contains Mrs. George's personal letters to Kirkland before he married her daughter. Here also is the card introducing Mrs. George's niece, Elizabeth "Betty" Brewster, to Kirkland and his brother Clinton; Clinton later married her. Business correspondence between Kirkland and his mother-in-law is contained in the general chronological file; several thousand letters from Mrs. George to her daughter Eleanor George Kirkland may be found elsewhere in the collection (Boxes 5 to 12). The General material subseries also contains letters of reminiscence of life at the Republic from various individuals; more reminiscences may be found in the Personal correspondence elsewhere in the collection, particularly in the letters of Charles Dawson, Eddie Garimaldi, Bess E. Lancaster, and Betty LeRoy (Boxes 22 and 23). The General material subseries concludes with information regarding the large George Junior Republic and William R. George manuscript collection at the Cornell University Collection of Regional History and University Archives; this file includes a copy of its finding aid.

The subseries Records and publications of the George Junior Republic consists largely of J. Brackin Kirkland's copies of Board of Trustee minutes and copies of GJR publications the Kirklands collected over the years. The Subject files subseries includes writings of William R. George in typescript form, clippings about him and other Republic personalities, and material on junior republics in California and Pennsylvania as well as other GJR-related topics. The subject files on Gerrit S. Miller, a close friend and supporter of William R. George, include clippings and publications relating to his role in the founding of the Oneida Football Club of Boston (1862), the first organized football club in the United States, and also to his famous herds of dairy cattle. Material relating to Miller's estate may be found among the Estate papers elsewhere in the collection (Box 29, folder 11).

Box 38: George Junior Republic: General material

  Folder 1-3 General chronological file: 1920-1937
  4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11-12
Correspondence : Alexander Forbes: 1927-1948
: Richard M. Schell: 1920-1929
: Donald T. Urquhart: 1931-1941
: Richard Welling: 1924-1968
: EGK-JBK: 1923-1924
: Esther B. George: 1915-1919
: William R. George: 1920-1930
: George family: 1927
  13
14
15
16-17
18
19
20
Reminiscences of George Junior Republic
Expense accounts, JBK: 1925-1930
Kirkland financial contributions: 1943, 1971-1976
Clippings about George Junior Republic
Memorabilia of Maud Selden Woolsey
Memorabilia and photos, Miscellaneous
Photo album
  21-22
23
Cornell University collection : Finding aids
: Miscellaneous


Box 39: George Junior Republic: Records and publications

  Folder 1
2
3
4-6
7
8-9
10
11
12-19
Minutes, Board of Trustees: 1926-1930
Constitutions and General Laws: 1927, 1955
Annual reports, 1895-1896
The Junior Citizen: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1956-1959
Miscellaneous newsletters: 1959-1979
Event programs: 1950-1975
Founders Day and reunions: 1914-1975
Invitations: 1973-1976
Publications


Box 40: George Junior Republic: Subject files

  Folder 1
2
3-6
7
8-9
10-11
12
13
Kate Fowler
Esther B. George
William R. George

Gerrit S. Miller

: Clippings and obituaries
: Writings
: Clippings and obituaries
: General
: Kriemhild Herd
: Oneida Football Club
: Photos
  14
15
16
17
18
19-20
21
22
23
24
25
California Junior Republic
15 Factionalism at George Junior Republic
George Junior Republic benefits: 1967
                                                : 1976
                                                : Miscellaneous
National Self Government Committee
Pennsylvania Junior Republic
Review of Jack M. Holl's history of George Junior Republic
Tompkins County Youth Court (ICY.)
William R. George Memorial Building Fund
Miscellaneous


SERIES VI: BOYS CLUBS OF AMERICA PAPER

This series documents J. Brackin Kirkland's two periods of service with the national office of the Boys Clubs of America, 1926-1928 and 1931-1941. During the first period of service he worked as director of divisions, chiefly as liaison between the national office and the organization's divisions around the country. His duties included extension, expansion, and fundraising work. Even after he returned to the George Junior Republic in February 1928, he remained under contract with the Boys Clubs and for a while devoted one week a month to Boys Club work. In February 1931 Kirkland returned full time to the Boys Clubs national office and served for ten years as its chief financial officer, responsible for fundraising and budgeting. His title changed occasionally to reflect accumulated seniority and added responsibilities; he worked lastly under the title of Associate Director, second in command in the office to the Executive Director. In 1940 he was offered the title of Acting Executive Director upon the resignation of the incumbent, but he declined it. He left Boys Club work abruptly in July 1941 after several months of conflict with the new Executive Director. The organization's president, his good friend William E. Hall, was forced to choose between them, and Kirkland was fired.

This series includes correspondence with Boys Clubs officers and supporters around the country both during Kirkland's Boys Club service and after. Along letter, never mailed, to Board Chairman Herbert Hoover outlines Kirkland's point of view of the differences that led to his firing (Box 41, Folder 13); correspondence with Boyd Hinds and Jack Harris documents the reestablishment of communications with the national office in the 1970's after thirty years of silence (Box 41, Folders 11 and 12). The subseries of memoranda, chiefly between Kirkland and other Boys Clubs officers, is rich in detail of Boys Clubs programs, national office operations, and organization politics. In 1939 Kirkland considered returning to Cornell University as its alumni secretary; he recorded points for and against that move, as well as grievances against the Boys Clubs at the time, in a memo to himself (Box 42, Folder 13).

As chief fundraiser, Kirkland solicited both the business community and charitable foundations for support; work on specific projects in those areas is documented in the subseries of Finance papers and Projects. Programs for the several fundraising dinners he organized are preserved in the Dinners subseries. Each program includes a lengthy list of Boys Club supporters in the city, a virtual "Who's Who" of its business and social leaders. There are also numerous publications from the Boys Clubs national office preserved here, many of which were prepared by Kirkland himself. Included are two presentation sketchbooks (plans and color drawings) of a model Boys Club facility illustrating the architecture and the activities within for potential Boys Club supporters (Box 45, Folders 1 and 2).

Personal correspondence with Thomas Dartnell and Edna Hunsicker, two associates from Kirkland's Boys Clubs work, is included elsewhere in the collection in the Personal correspondence subseries (Box 22 and 23). Correspondence regarding a visit of Boys Clubs executive director C.J. Atkinson to E1 Paso, Texas, in 1927 is included in the file of correspondence with his brother Hascal in the Kirkland family correspondence subseries (Box 19, Folder 14).

Box 41: Boys Clubs of America, Inc.

  Folder 1-4
5
6
7
8
9-10
11
12
13-14
15
16
17-18
19-22
23-29
Correspondence : General: 1930-1947
: Atkinson, C.J.,estate: 1935-1938
: Burger, Arthur J: 1941-1953
: Bush, Roy R.: 1939-1949
: Campbell, Alexander: 1940
: Hall, William E.: 1936-1942
: Harris, Jack: 1955-1976
: Hinds, Boyd: 1971-1975
: Hoover, Herbert: 1936-1964
: Hoover, J. Edgar: 1935-1955
: LeBoutillier, Philip: 1936-1941
: Boys Clubs board members:1935-1941
: Farewell letter responses
: Special letters notebook


Box 42: Boys Clubs of America, Inc.

 

Folder 1-8
9
10
11
12
13
14

Memoranda : 1927-1941
9 . Departure from Boys Clubs: July 1941
10 . Notes on conferences
11 . Definition of responsibilities
12 . Campaign proposals: 1941
13 . Cornell job offer: 1939
14 . Cornell publicity: 1941
  15-22
23
24-26
27
Speeches

Finance papers
: From notebook: 1927-1941
: Miscellaneous
: Budget process, 1940
: Budget process, 1941


Box 43: Boys Clubs of America, Inc.

  Folder 1-4
5-7
8
9
Finance papers : Contributors notebook
: Fundraising letters
: Plan for gifts and bequests
: Boys Clubs securities: Notes
  10
11-14
15-16
17
18
19-20
Projects : Mileposts of Progress, 1936
: Davidson Fund proposal, 1936
: ARA Children's Fund grants, 1936-1940
: Charles Hayden Foundation proposal, 1937
: National Associates Plan
: National Associates Plan: Presentation notebook
  21
22
23
24
25
26
27
Dinner programs, etc. : India House, New York, 1931
: Cornell luncheon, 1931
: Madison Square Boys Club, 1933
: J.H. Hammond testimonial, 1935 1936
: Philadelphia,
: Boston, 1936
: Chicago, 1936


Box 44: Boys Clubs of America, Inc.

  Folder 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Dinner programs, etc : New York, 1937
: Detroit, 1937
: Chicago, 1938
: Los Angeles, 1939
: San Francisco, 1939
: Southern California, 1939
: Newark, N.J. (undated)
: Notebook
  9-10
11-15
Publications : Directories: 1935-1940
: General: 1930's, 1970-1972
  16
17
Photos : Herbert Hoover
: Oversize


Box 45: Boys Clubs of America, Inc.

  Folder 1-2 Presentation sketchbooks
  3
4
5
6
7
Miscellaneous : Meritorious Distinguished Service Meda
: Board meeting seating: 1937-1940
: Connecticut Boys Club Conference, 1940
: Pasadena Boys Club, 1949
: Personal items


SERIES VII: SOUTHERN INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE PAPERS

In November 1941 J. Brackin Kirkland returned to his alma mater, the Southern Industrial Institute, to succeed Dr. Lyman Ward as its president. The papers in this series document, in the main, Kirkland's administrative, promotional, and fundraising work during his nine years as president of the coeducational, vocational and agricultural school. There is little in the way of curricular material or student records; however, the many school and student publications do provide much information on school life. Also preserved in this series are notes and texts for many talks and addresses; subjects range from Kirkland's philosophy of education to student guidance, morality, discipline, value of work, and the like. There are also some records, arranged year by year, for the summer camp he instituted at the school, together with material on buildings and grounds and a photo album. Many of the correspondents in this series are former students; other associates from the Kirklands' years at Camp Hill are represented in the Personal correspondence subseries elsewhere in the collection. The only significant file of student records included here is a set of student cards, 1941-1950, recording primarily student transgressions and punishments (Box 48, Folders 19 to 21).

Notable items in this series include a school history written in 1973 (Box 46, Folder 1); biographical items on Dr. Lyman Ward (Box 49, Folder 23); World War II letters from former students in the armed services (Box 47, Folder 4); and plans for the barn Kirkland built on campus, judged by many as the finest in Tallapoosa County (Box 49, Fodler 2). A photo of the barn was featured in an advertisement by United States Steel, also included here. This series also includes letters chronicling lengthy automobile trips taken by the Kirklands to call upon financial supporters, many of whom were old friends of Dr. Ward (Box 48). On one such trip to New York City some of their luggage, including a typewriter, was stolen from their car (Box 48, Folder 9). Speeches and debate notes from Kirkland's student days at the Southern Industrial Institute are filed in the Personal papers subseries elsewhere in the collection (Box 28, Folders 1 to 5).

With the improvement of public education in Alabama in the post-World War II era, the need for private vocational and agricultural schools such as the Southern Industrial Institute faded. During the 1950's, after Kirkland left, the trustees transformed the school into a military academy for boys only and renamed it the Lyman Ward Military Academy.


Box 46: Southern Industrial Institute

  Folder 1
2-6
7
8
9
10
11-12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21-22
History
Correspondence

: General: 1932-1973
: Bissell, Clarence Sears: 1949-1950
: Blaisdell, Amelia and Seraph G.: 1914-1949
: Collyer, John L.: 1942-1959
: Foote, Anna E.: 1944-1950
: Howell, Eli H.: 1948-1951
: Jacobs, M.L.: 1947-1948
: Kirkland, Bette: 1949-1967
:: Mayfield, Marilyn: 1948-1951
: Ramsay, Erskine: 1947-1950
: Ross, M. Jane: 1943
: Russell, Kenneth: 1949-1965
: Snow, Edward: 1948-1949
: Vickery, Vee: 1947-1950
: Ward, Lyman:1918-1949


Box 47: Southern Industrial Institute

  Folder 1
2-3
4
Correspondence : Woods, Joe R.: 1946-1973
: Former students: 1942-1975
: Southern service boys (World War II)
  5
6
7
8
9
10
Speeches : Chapel talks: 1943-1948
: Staff meeting notes: 1941-1948
: Service club talks: 1942-1945
: Junior-Senior banquet: 1943-1948
: Commencement addresses: 1944-1973
: To students: 1943-1948
  11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Board of Trustees : Minutes: 1943-1952
: Minutes: Extracts: 1941-1948
: General communications: 1943-1953
: Financial reports: 1943-1955
: Organization and personnel
: Expansion proposal: 1942
: Military training proposal
: Miscellaenous
  19
20-21
22
23
24
Communications : Alumni letters: 1942-1953
: Fundraising letters: 1942-1949
: Radio broadcasts, 1944: Scripts, Series I
: Radio broadcasts, 1944: Scripts, Series II
: Radio broadcasts, 1944: Correspondence
  25-27
28
29
Financial records : Contributors lists: 1943-1950
: Birmingham file
: Legislative lobbying: 1943-1949


Box 48: Southern Industrial Institute

  Folder 1
2
3
4
5-6
7
Financial records : $50,000 Fund: Campaign meetings: 1944-1945
: $50,000 Fund: Alabama article: 1944
: $50,000 Fund: Ben Walker file: 1944-1945
: $50,000 Fund: Miscellaneous
: JBK expense accounts: 1944-1950
: Indebtedness to JBK: 1942-1950
  8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Fundraising trips : Alumni visits: 1941-1942
: New York, 1948
: Eastern states, 1949: Solicitation cards
: Eastern states, 1949: Letters home
: Eastern states, 1949: Letters received
: Eastern states, 1949: Notes by EGK
: Florida, 1950
: Cross country, 1950: Letters home
: Cross country, 1950: Letters received
  17
18
19-21
Student records : Student list: 1949-1950
: Football rally kissing party, 1946
: Disciplinary record, 1941-1950


Box 49: Southern Industrial Institute

  Folder 1
2
3
4
Building and grounds : Land use map
: Barn
: Swimming pool
: Miscellaneous
  5-13 Summer camp : General records: 1942-1950
  14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Publications : Application forms (blank)
: Commencement programs: 1942-1950
: General announcements and publications
: Industrial Student: 1941-1942
: Southern Quarterly: 1946-1949
: Student handboof<
: Lyman Ward Military Academy: 1970's
  21
22
23
24
Clippings : Concerning S.I.I.: 1942-1973
: Concerning JBK: 1935-1947
: Concerning Lyman Ward: 1944-1955
: Of interest to JBK
  25
26
Memorabilia : Dance and play programs: 1943-1949
: Miscellaneous


Box 50: Southern Industrial Institute

 

Folder 1-3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14

Photos : Numbered and captioned
: Buildings: Dining hall
: Buildings: Dormitories
: Buildings: Tallapoosa Hall
: Buildings: Miscellaneous
: Personalities: J. Brackin Kirkland
: Personalities: Lyman Ward
: Personalities: Miscellaneous
: Student scenes: Farm work
: Student scenes: Sports and recreation
: Woodwork and construction
: Miscellaneous
  15
16
17
18
19
Miscellaneous : Boys Clubs of America
: Camp Hill, Alabama
: George Washington Carver
: Henmon-Nelson tests
: Notes


SERIES VIII: MISCELLANEOUS SMALL SERIES

The files in this series, consisting chiefly of correspondence, newsletters, and memorabilia, relate to a number of organizations and causes supported by J. Brackin and Eleanor George Kirkland from the 1930's on. They include civic and fraternal organizations such as the Camp Hill Kiwanis Club (Alabama) and First Radburn Citizens Association (New Jersey), both of which Kirkland served as president, as well as The Study Club, a women's club in Camp Hill, Alabama, to which Mrs. Kirkland belonged. Documented also is Kirkland's membership on the Jones County (Mississippi) Republican Executive Committee (1968-1972), his many years of service to the Burruss Memorial Universalist Church in Ellisville, Mississippi, and his work as a director of the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. The only records pertaining to employment in this series are those relating to the Lutheran Hospital Campaign in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Kirkland was hired by a national fundraising firm (headed by an acquaintance from his Boys Clubs-New York City days) to manage the local end of a fundraising campaign for a new Vicksburg hospital in 1953. The campaign was not successfully organized, however; Kirkland's frustration with those with whom he was supposed to work in Vicksburg is quite evident in his letters back to New York.

Notable items in this part of the collection include Kirkland's correspondence relating to the Watergate affair (Box 51, Folder 25); a lengthy file of correspondence with Rev. Leonard Prater, a Universalist clergyman once pastor of Burruss Memorial Church (Box 52, Folder 5); two circular letters from Unitarians for Political and Economic Liberty, a politically conservative group within a religiously liberal denomination (Box 52, Folder 18); correspondence with officers of the Ford Foundation (again, former New York acquaintances) on behalf of grant proposals for the University of Southern Mississippi (Box 53, Folder 13); and letters from him soliciting scholarships and donations for the University.

Kirkland's building and construction skills, evident in the records of Holly Pine Farm and in the Southern Industrial Institute papers, are also revealed in the Universalist Church files in this series; included are detailed specifications he drew up for the Burruss Memorial Church's renovation project, 1951-1953 (Box 52, Folders 12 to 15).


Box 51: Miscellaneous small series
    American Academy of Political and Social Science
  Folder 1 General material: 1944-1945  

Camp Hill Kiwanis Club (Alabama)

  Folder 2
3
4
Organizational papers: 1946-1947
Events and programs: 1946-1949 Miscellaneous
 

Lutheran Hospital Campaign/Project Vicksbur (Mississippi)

  Folder 5
6-7
8
9
10
Campaign plan: 1953
Correspondence and memos

Campaign summary: 1953
Salary and expense statements

: 1952-1956
: Notebook

Masons

  Folder 11 General material: 1920-1927  

Piney Woods School (Mississippi)

  Folder 12 Correspondence and general material:1962-1975  

Prentiss Institute (Mississippi)

  Folder 13 General material: 1965-1972  

Radburn, New Jersey

  Folder 14
15
16
17
18
First Radburn Citizens Association: 1934-1937
The Church in Radburn: 1934-1967
Fairlawn Boys Club: 1939-1942
Parks and Gardens Committee: 1932-1933
Miscellaneous
 

Republican Party and political affairs

  Folder 19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Correspondence : General: 1964-1974
: Trent Lott: 1972-1974
: Richard M. Nixon: 1967-1974
: Republican National Committee:1964-1973
: John C. Stennis: 1973
: United Republicans of America: 1967-1970
: Concerning Watergate: 1973-1974
: Concerning Rural Electrification Admin.:1973
  27
28
29
Campaign and miscellaneous material: 1967-1972
Jones County, Mississippi, Executive Committee agendas: 1968-1972
Miscellaneous political newsclippings:1940, 1962-1964

Silliman University (Philippines)

  Folder 30 Correspondence: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Carsons:1941-1949  


Box 52: Miscellaneous small series

The Study Club (Camp Hill, Alabama)

  Folder 1-2
3
Annual programs:1921, 1941-1950
Miscellaneous
 

Town Hall Club (New York, N.Y.)

  Folder 4 General material  

Universalist Church

  Folder 5
6
7
Correspondence : Leonard Prater:1943-1976
: Dept. of Church Extension: 1952-1953
: Miscellaneous: 1951-1972
  8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Burruss Memorial Church : History
: Insurance correspondence: 1954-1970
: Membership list: 1940
: Board meeting notes: 1951-1952
: Renovation project, 1951-1953: Expense list
: Renovation project, 1951-1953: Donors list
: Renovation project, 1951-1953: Materials orders
: Renovation project, 1951-1953: Memorial windows
: Newsletters: 1973-1975
  17
18
First Universalist Church (Camp Hill, Alabama)
Unitarians for Political and Economic Liberty: 1950's

Box 53: Miscellaneous small series
University of Southern Mississippi Foundation

  Folder 1-3
4-9
10
11
12
Correspondence: 1961-1974
Board newsletters and notices: 1962-1974
Annual financial reports: 1961-1972
Clippings and photos: 1962-1975
Contribution receipts: 1961-1973
  13
14
15
16
Ford Foundation Project : Correspondence:1962-1965
: Progress report: 1963
: Statements of University needs: 1963-1964
: Miscellaneous

OVERSIZE ITEMS

Box 54

  Folder 1-4
5
6
Boys Clubs of America: Photos
Boys Clubs of America: Photos: Herbert Hoover
Southern Industrial Institute: Southern Quarterly: 1941-1942
 

Box 55

  Personal Papers: Photos and Drawings: Photo Album, 1912-1924  

Box 56

  Personal Papers:Christmas Card Scrapbook, 1935-1937
   

Box 57

  Folder 1
2
3
4-5
6
7
George Junior Republic: Photo
Cornell University: Photos
Boys Clubs of America: Dinner programs, etc.: Southern California, 1939: Photos
Personal papers: Diplomas and Certificates
Masons: Certificates
George Junior Republic: Blueprint of Mrs. Daddy's Park


APPENDIX I

Children and Grandchildren of J. Brackin Kirkland

J. Brackin Kirkland and Eleanor Miller George were married on April 20, 1921,at Sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
They had four children (all born in Ithaca, N.Y.) and nine grandchildren.

1. William George Kirkland (born May 20, 1922) married Shirley Rowan Dawson on June 14, 1952, in New York, N.Y.
a. Keith Brewster Kirkland (born November 30, 1955) married Jane Alison MacIntyre on December 20, 1980, in New Providence, N.J.

b. Derek Granger Kirkland (born September 12, 1957) married Elizabeth Ames Franklin on September 20, 1986, in New York, N.Y.
2.Julia Tucker Kirkland, known as Judy (born April 21, 1924) married Joseph Leidy IV on December 29, 1950, in New York, N.Y.
a. Joseph Leidy V (born July 5, 1955)

b. Paul Tyson Leidy (born December 6, 1958)
3. Joseph Brackin Kirkland, Jr. (born April 5, 1926) married Charlotte Johnson on February 27, 1953, in Dallas, Texas.
a. Joseph Brackin Kirkland III (born December 21, 1953) married Beverly Denise Howell on March 2, 1975, in Ellisville, Miss. Children: Cortney Amanda Kirkland, Joseph Brackin Kirkland IV, Taylor Lee Kirkland

b. Karen Elizabeth Kirkland (born March 20, 1956) married Arthur Veldon Hall on January 27, 1979, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Children: Laura Ashley Hall, Timothy Ryan Hall
4.Richard Ide Kirkland (born September 24, 1927) married Alice Creel
on July 29, 1950, in Talladega, Alabama
a. Richard Ide Kirkland, Jr., known as Rik (born May 11, 1951) married Jo Ann Fulk in 1973; divorced. Married Virginia Gonzales on January 30, 1982, in New York, N.Y. Children of second marriage: Matthew Creel Kirkland

b. Steven Paul Kirkland (born May 25, 1953) married Gina Leigh Teichmiller on April 26, 1986, in Asheville, N.C.

c. Katherine Lee Kirkland (born May 6, 1956)

APPENDIX II

Brothers and Sisters of J. Brackin Kirkland and their families

J. Brackin Kirkland's parents, Elijah Thomas Kirkland and Samantha Ardelah Tucker, were married on January 3, 1878, in Jones County, Mississippi. Ten children were born to them; J. Brackin Kirkland was the ninth. All of the children, with the exception of daughters Delia and Hilda, were generally known by their middle names or a derivative thereof.

1.Sarah Vilula Kirkland, known as Lula (born 1878; died 1978) married John Franklin Shows in 1897
Myrtie Lenora Shows (born 1898) married Rev. Norman L. Roberts
Infant son (born 1900; died 1901) Velma Viola Shows (born 1901) unmarried; moved to E1 Paso, Texas
Otho Shows (born 1904) married (1) Ethel Hunter, (2) Blanche Walker, (3) Violet Hilbun
Alice Adelle Shows (born 1906); unmarried; moved to E1 Paso, Texas
Roma Mildred Shows (born 1910) married Homer Clyde Odom
Inda Vesta Shows (born 1913) married ---- Jacobs; moved to E1 Paso, Texas
John Hilburn Shows(born 1915) married Roberta Howard

(More information on the Shows family, including the grandchildren of Lula Kirkland Shows, is found in the Shows family genealogy, Box 1, Folders 40 and 41).
2.Delia Ardelah Kirkland (born 1880; died 1974) married Robert J. Stringer in 1897
Clayborn Stringer
Hilburn Stringer (died young)
Odius Stringer
Myrtice Stringer (married R. B. Ellzey)
3.Lora Corine Kirkland, known as Rena (born 1881; died 1943) married William R. Jones in 1898
Irven Thomas Jones (married Annie Stennis, sister of U.S. Senator John C. Stennis)
Elborn Jones (married Hallie Miller)
Athalia Jones (married Neal Priscock)
Lela Jones (married Wood Carraway)
Ivella Jones (married Paul Gibbs; moved to Texas)
Ola Jones (married Hugh McRaney)
Alda Jones (married Frank Parker)
4. Bowen Travis Kirkland (born 1882; died 1884)

5.Charles Hascal Kirkland (born 1884; died 1937) married Alice Elizabeth Self in 1913; moved to E1 Paso, Texas
Anne Blythe Kirkland (married John Smith Faulk, Jr.)
Jane Ware Kirkland (married Dr. William L. Hawley)
6.Hilda Eran Kirkland (born 1886; died 1921) married Buford T. Collins in 1904
Verlan Collins
Travis Collins
Henry Collins
7.John Burruss Kirkland (born 1888; died 1934) married Jewel Lenora Smith known as Nora in 1922; moved to El Paso, Texas
John Thomas Kirkland (married Gerry ----)
8.Lyonel Clayton Kirkland (born 1890; died 1964) married Mamie Meyer in 1917
L. Clayton Kirkland, Jr. (married ----) Peggy Kirkland (married ---- Sims)
9.Joseph Brackin Kirkland (born 1892; died 1974) married Eleanor Miller George in 1921. SEE APPENDIX I

10. Luther Clinton Kirkland (born 1894; died 1979) married Elizabeth Brewster cousin of Eleanor Miller George) in 1923. They adopted two children and raised another.
Eleanor Jo Kirkland (born 1929) married Orrin S. Wanker in 1955
Robert Britt Kirkland (born 1927) married Joyce Green in 1959
Bill Cox (married Betty ----)

APPENDIX III

Sisters of Eleanor George Kirkland and their families

Eleanor George Kirkland's parents, William Reuben George and Esther Ide Brewster, were married on November 12, 1896,in New York, New York, and spent most of their lives at the George Junior Republic in Freeville, New York, an institution for youth founded by William R. "Daddy" George in 1895. They had three daughters.

1. Eleanor Miller George (born 1897; died 1983) married J. Brackin Kirkland on April 20, 1921. SEE APPENDIX I

2. Esther Arminqton George (born 1904) married Donald Theodore Urquhart on December 28, 1926.
Esther Carol Urquhart (born 1928) married Victor Powell in 1951
Kenneth George Urquhart (born 1930; died 1961) married Camm Wood in 1955
Shirley Patricia Urquhart (born 1934) married Frank Speno in 1956
3. Edith Van Etten George, known as Edo (born 1908) married Malcolm Jonathan Freeborn on July 25, 1930. They had no children.


APPENDIX IV

Cousins of Eleanor George Kirkland on her mother's side

1. Children of her uncle,George Tyson Brewster and his wives Jane Lavinia Burke and Laura M. Jackson
*Freeman Tyson Brewster (born 1894) married Hermine ----
**Esther Elizabeth Brewster, known as Betty (born 1895) married L. Clinton Kirkland in 1923 Lavinia J. Brewster (died young)
*Sarah Virginia Brewster (born 1901; died 1984) unmarried Ruth Esther Brewster (born 1913; died 1920) George Tyson Brewster, Jr. (born 1915; died 1928) Esther Mae Brewster (born 1918) Florence Lillian Brewster (born 1920) married David Earl Hunter
2.Son of her uncle, Charles Wesley Brewster (1880-1938) and his wifeElin Henrietta Fredin
*C. Wesley Brewster, Jr. (born 1910) married Esther Knickerbocker, 1932

Their children:

*Elaine (married Nicholas Bulatkin)
*Judith (married Charles Reiterman) Nancy (married William ----)

* Represented by a file of letters in George family correspondence subseries

** Represented by a file of letters in Kirkland family correspondence subseries


APPENDIX V

Cousins of Eleanor George Kirkland on her father's side

Eleanor George Kirkland's father, William Reuben "Daddy" George, was an only child, so she had no first cousins on her father's side. Several of her more distant George relatives, however, worked with her father at the George Junior Republic, including his first cousin, Edgar Fulkerson George, who died in 1936, three months before "Daddy" George himself.

Children of Edgar Fulkerson George (died 1936) and his wife, Alfhild Maria Axelina Johansson (died 1960)
*Edgar George (born 1896) married Maidell ----
*Ella Frances George (born 1897; died 1976) married John Davry Adams in 1927 Mildred George (born 1899; died 1938)
* Represented by a file of letters in George family correspondence subseries


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