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Accession 62

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

5,500 pieces, 2.75 linear feet



Historical Note

Dr. Kathryn Summers Powell (1920-2000) was born in High Springs, FL and married Orrin Bert Powell in 1939. In 1940 she received her B.S. from Florida State College for Women. She worked as a teacher in High Springs and Monticello, FL and later earned her M.S. (1954) and Ph.D. (1960) from Florida State University. Dr. Powell then became Professor of Home Economics at Winthrop College from 1960 through 1976. She passed away on December 11, 2000.

Scope and Content Note

The Kathryn Summers Powell Papers consist of Dr. Powell’s professional and organizational files and includes correspondence, drafts and revisions of her speeches and dissertation, biographical data, and teaching notes with reference material. The collection pertains to Dr. Powell’s work as a Winthrop faculty member, scholar and specialist in family and child development and her involvement with such organizations as the Christian Children’s Fund and the Southeastern Council on Family Relations. The material extends from Dr. Powell’s days as a student and young wife in Florida (1940-1959), with most of the substantive material extending from 1960 to 1976.


The papers of Kathryn Summers Powell, educator and home economist, were received as a gift by the Archives from Dr. Kathryn Powell on September 11, 1976.


Home Economics, Family and Child Development, Winthrop, Christian Children's Fund


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Kathryn Summers Powell Papers - Accession 62

LC Subject Headings

Powell, Kathryn Summers, 1920-2000--Archives; Florida State College for Women--Alumni and alumnae; Florida State University--Alumni and alumnae; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Faculty; Winthrop College--Faculty; Christian Children's Fund; Southeastern Council on Family Relations; Home economics teachers--South Carolina--Rock Hill; Home economics--Study and teaching (Higher)