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Ross D. Netherton Collection on Helen Bullard

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3363

This collection houses two programs honoring the life and work of Helen (Bullard) Krechniak as well as correspondence and newsletters concerning reprinting an excerpt from "Bullard's Cumberland County's First Hundred Years in The Tennessee Surveyor."

Dates

  • 1976-circa 1996

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses two programs honoring the life and work of Helen (Bullard) Krechniak as well as correspondence and newsletters concerning reprinting an excerpt from "Bullard's Cumberland County's First Hundred Years in The Tennessee Surveyor."

Biographical/Historical Note

Helen Bullard was born to Charles Wickliffe and Minnie (Cook) Bullard in Elgin, Illinois on August 15, 1902. She studied at the University of Chicago from 1921 to 1929 while simultaneously working for the research department at L. V. Estes, Inc. (1920-1922), as an operator for the Square D. Company (1922-1924), and as a researcher for the University of Chicago's Commerce and Administration Library (1924-1925). Bullard married Lloyd Ernst Rohrke (1902-1980) on June 11, 1924, and the couple had two children, Ann Louise (Rohrke) Netherton and Barbara Jane. The Rohrkes divorced in February of 1931, and Helen Rohrke married Joseph Marshall Krechniak (1908-1964) on January 30, 1932. The couple had a single daughter, Mariana.

During the Great Depression, the Krechniaks moved to Ozone, Tennessee due to the city's low cost of living. Here, they adopted a primitive lifestyle so that Joseph Krechniak could continue to write. Helen Krechniak began making dolls in in 1949 and sculpting wood in 1959. She exhibited extensively with the National Institute of American Doll Artists and eventually became very well known. She also wrote a number of books, including Dr. Woman of the Cumberlands (1953), A Bullard Family (1966), Crafts and Craftsmen of the Tennessee Mountains (1976), My People in Wood (1984), and Faith Wick: Doll Artist Extraordinaire (1986). Helen Krechniak died on October 31, 1996.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

These items were donated to Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480