Beulah Collins Ellis attended the Southern Normal School and kept two autograph books. The first book has a padded cover of brown cloth and is in fragile condition. The majority of the autographs date to 1902 and 1903. Mrs. Ellis’ daughter Lena wrote in the book in 1922. Of special note is an inscription by Edgar Cayce:
“To thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day. That you will be true to others. Your friend, Edgar Cayce, BG, September 17, 1902”
The Kentucky Library & Museum also holds papers regarding Edgar Cayce and his activities in Bowling Green.
The second autograph album dates from 1904-1907 and is autographed by natives of Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Tennessee.
Both books have been scanned and are available on TopScholar. These and other records are available for researchers in the Kentucky Library & Museum.
Amelia Smith attended the Southern Normal School in the mid-1880’s. During her time at the school, she kept an autograph book which has been donated to WKU University Archives. This small book has been scanned and posted in TopScholar. This and other student and alumni papers can be viewed in the Harrison-Baird Reading Room of the Kentucky Library Monday – Saturday 9 – 4. Come visit.
- Amelia Smith Autograph Book
Donnie Love's Autograph Book
Miss Donnie Love, a native of Horse Cave, Kentucky attended Southern Normal School about 1890. She received a teaching certificate and began teaching in Edmonson County by the age of 16. Her autograph book is now in University Archives and has been scanned for viewing online. There are 53 pages of autographs including this notation by Donnie Love herself inviting friends to write in her book.
The book is available online through TopScholar.