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Katherine Jackson French: Kentucky's Forgotten Ballad Collector

Elizabeth DiSavino


A native of London, Kentucky, Dr. Katherine Jackson French (Ph.D. Columbia University, 1906) collected over sixty British Isle ballads in the hills of Kentucky in 1909 and attempted to publish them in 1910 with the help of Berea College, an endeavor that never came to pass due to an intriguing tangle of motives, gender biases, wavering support from her hoped-for patron, and ruthlessness on the part of fellow collectors. (Her ballad collection, “English-Scottish Ballads from the Hills of Kentucky,” sees publication here at last and comprises the last section of the book.) An unwitting participa ... More

Keywords: Appalachia, Women, Ballads, Appalachian Music, Kentucky, Shreveport, AAUW, Women’s Department Club, Women Educators, Women in Academia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813178523
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth DiSavino, author
Berea College