By Deborah Boggs
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Henry Allen Laine papers are a collection of personal manuscripts from Henry Allen Laine, including original works by Laine. Also contained in this collection are various newspaper clippings of Laine's death and memorial service, Laine family photos and papers from Henry Allen Laine's daughter, Tommie Holland. The collection would be an excellent source of primary information for anyone researching African-American social issues in the early 1900s.
The content of the Henry Allen Laine papers reveals an African-American life that is uncharacteristic of most African-Americans, and even whites, during the first half of the 1900s. Laine was very well educated. He did not lead the typical life of an African-American. Therefore, this collection would be very valuable to anyone researching the lives of African-Americans during the early-20th century.
Collection Historical Note
Henry Allen Laine (10 Jan 1870-15 Oct 1955) was born and raised in Madison County, Kentucky to Washington and Amelia Madeline Laine. Henry married Florence Benton on 22 Dec 1897. Henry and Florence had nine children: eight girls and one boy.
Laine was an educator in Madison County for twenty-one years. He was the founder of the Madison County Colored Teachers Association and was the chairman of the association for twenty years. Laine was the first African-American county extension agent and he organized a farmers club in 1915 for the African-American farmers in Madison County. He was also responsible for forming the Colored Chautauqua, a combination fair and outdoor educational event to bring cultural, religious and social opportunities to the community. Laine also fought against the closure of Berea College to blacks in the early 1900s.
Laine was widely known as a poet. His most famous volume, entitled Foot Prints, was so popular that is was printed three times--1914, 1924, and 1947. In 1947, Laine was named "Man of the Year" by his colleagues at the Richmond High School. He was also inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2003.
Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives
Stone, William and Tommie Holland
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
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- Box 1
- Folder 1: TMsS Includes the book of poems written by Henry Allen Laine, "Footprints," (collection includes two copies-1947 and 1988). Also includes a publication of his daughter, Tommie Holland. Her book is "Uncle Remus in Rhythm and Rhyme", 1971
- Folder 2: ADS The handwritten manuscript of "My Life," an autobiography of Henry Allen Laine, 12 Oct 1947
- Following the handwritten copy is a typed copy.
- Folder 3: AD/ADS Various handwritten drafts of Henry Allen Laine's literary work, including drafts of business related materials., 1930-ca. 1953
- Item 1: Summer School for Negro County Agents, Tennessee State College, Nashville, TN, Aug 1930
- Item 2: Appears to be an invitation to the summer school
- Item 3: Summer School for Negro County Agents, St. Petersburg, Va, Aug 1931
- Item 4: Kentucky's First Regular County Agent, Installment III
- Item 5: The First Negro County Agent and his Work
- Item 6: Kentucky's First Regular Negro County Agent, Installment V
- Item 7: The First Regular Negro County Agent in Kentucky, Installment VII
- Item 8: A Synopsis
- Item 9: The Red Apple
- Item 10: The Rural Negro Church
- Item 11: Is there room for Christ?
- Item 12: Townsend Center
- Item 13: The Negro and Communism
- Item 14: Day Dreaming
- Item 15: Is there Life After Death?
- Item 16: I shall Know Him
- Item 17: When My Life Really Began
- Item 18: Sho Nuff
- Item 19: Frown and Smiles (two copies)
- Item 20: A Master Teacher
- Item 21: Dad's Birthday Letter
- Folder 4: Personal correspondence, includes family correspondence. Various letters to and from family members., 1947-1955
- Item 1: A letter from the office of Cooperative Extension Work in Agriculture and Home Economics, located in Lexington, KY., 6-May-47
- Item 2: A letter to Mr. Mahan's Office, 17 Jun 1947
- Item 3: A written statement from Henry Allen Laine stating that upon his death, a debt would be paid to Madeline White of fifty dollars., 27-Jun-49
- Item 4: A letter to his son-in-law, Gilbert White., 8 May 1952
- Item 5: A letter to his son-in-law, Gilbert White., 8 Oct 1952
- Item 6: A letter to his grandson, Paul Allen Stone., 27 Nov 1953
- Item 7: A letter to Reverend Brother Lowe., 29 May 1955
- Item 8: Appears to be a draft of an ad to be used in the selling of his home on East Main Street in Richmond, KY.
- Item 9: Short thank you note to one of his daughters.
- Folder 5: Newspaper articles pertaining to Henry Allen Laine's literary work.
- Also, information regarding his Memorial Celebration held on 1 May 1988. Including correspondence from Laine's daughter, Tommie Holland. Dates ranging from 9 Oct 1919 to ca. 1988.
- Folder 6: Newspaper articles about Laine's life, 1874-ca. 1988
- (i.e. his contributions to the colored community). Also a certificate of marriage of Dean Chenault and Hagas Chenault, dated 10 Sept 1874.
- Folder 7: Various contributions from Tommie Holland, Henry Allen Laine's daughter.
- Includes an audio cassette dated 2 Aug 1988, a letter from Tommie Holland to the curator of the Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University. Also includes a continuation of her father's book, "Footprints," which she wrote and titled "Following Footprints."
- Folder 8: Photographs
- Item 1: Henrietta Stone, Madeline White, Mary Chenault, Sarah Stone, Henry Allen Laine
- Item 2: Jake Laine
- Item 3: Jake Laine at home in Wyoming, OH
- Item 4: Henry Allen Laine with cousins in Springfield, OH
- Item 5: Henry Allen Laine with Stone grandchildren
- Item 6: Four generations of the Laine Family
- Henry Allen Laine, Florence Laine, Madeline White, Marjorie White, Henry White
- Item 7: Henry Allen Laine, Richetta Holland
- Item 8: Tenant house on farm on Irvine Pike
- Item 9: William Stone, Jr., Henry Allen Laine, Edwin Morrow
- Item 09a: Draft Horse
- Item 10: Irvine Pike farm
- Item 11: Cattle on Irvine Pike farm
- Item 12: Henry Allen Laine in tobacco field
- Item 13: Henry Allen Laine, Richetta Holland
- Item 14: Henry Allen Laine Family
- Item 15: House where Laine was born
- Item 16: Florence Laine, Henry Allen Laine, Elizabeth Mitchell, Anna Morgan
- Item 17: Henry Allen Laine and unidentified individuals
- Item 18: Laine home on Irvine Pike
- Item 19: J.A. Huguely sheep
- Item 20: Clara Mae Phelps, Helen Phelps, Florence Laine
- Item 21: William Stone, Jr., John Stone, Henry Allen Laine Richard Holland
- Item 22: Richard Holland, Henry Allen Laine
- Item 23: Henry Allen Laine, John Stone, Madelyn Stone
- Item 24: Henry Allen Laine, Florence Laine, Madeline White
- Item 25: Richard Holland, Henry Allen Laine
- Item 26: Henry Allen and Florence Laine on front porch of Richmond Home
- Item 27: Florence Laine, Henry Allen Laine
- Item 28: Laine Family Reunion
- Item 29: Cattle and barn
- Item 30: Alphonso Chenault, Henry Allen Laine, Florence Laine, Kelly Laine
- Item 31: Henry Allen Laine, Florence Laine, Catherine Laine and child
- Item 32: Laine Family Reunion in Springfield, OH
- Item 33: Henry Allen Laine
- Item 34: Tenant house on farm
- Item 35: Henry Allen Laine, Richetta Holland, Olaf Hardiman
- Item 36: Henry Allen Laine in front of Main St. home
- Item 37: Henrietta Stone, Madeline White, Tommie Holland, Mary Chenault, Sarah Stone, Henry Allen Laine
- Item 38: Mary Chenault, Clara Mitchell, Sarah Stone, Tommie Holland, Richard Holland, Henry Allen Laine, Florence Laine, Kelly Laine, Catherine Laine
- Item 40: Sketch of Henry Allen Laine, 1932 April 28
- Item 41: Concord County Fair, exhibits and exhibitors, 10 Oct 1924
- Item 42: J.A. Huguely cattle with people in background
- J.A. Huguely
- Item 43: Sunny Side, home of Henry A. Laine
- Item 44: Henry Allen Laine, Florence Benton Laine, 10 Dec 1898
- 2 individual portraits on a cabinet card
- Item 45: Henry Allen Laine Memorial Celebration, 1 May 1988
- Tommie B. Holland
- Item 46: Henry Allen Laine Memorial Celebration, 1 May 1988
- Henrietta Laine Stone
- Item 47: Henry Allen Laine Memorial Celebration, 1 May 1988
- Tommie B. Holland
- Item 48: Henry Allen Laine Memorial Celebration, 1 May 1988
- Kelly M. Laine
- Item 49: Henry Allen Laine Memorial Celebration, 1 May 1988
- Richard Holland
- Item 50: Henry Allen Laine Memorial Celebration, 1 May 1988
- Item 51: Henry Allen Laine Memorial Celebration, 1 May 1988
- Charles Hay, Marion Curry
- Item 52: Henry Allen Laine Memorial Celebration, 1 May 1988
- Charles Hay