Lavinia Hunter was born in Gastonia, North Carolina in 1894. She was educated at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina receiving an AB degree in 1915. Her career began with teaching Gastonia first graders from 1923-1931. During that time she also attended George Peabody College for Teachers earning her MA. The following year Lavinia moved to Bowling Green to educate the first graders in the WKU Training School, a job she held until her retirement in 1965. Miss Hunter had a perfect attendance record for over 30 years.
During her tenure as the first grade teacher she received, as most teachers do, school photos from her students. These she collected and put into a photograph album arranged by year and neatly labeled with each child’s name. There are three decades of students represented in the collection. The album also contains a few group and classroom photographs and student teachers.
The finding aid for this collection is now available on TopScholar. There you will find the names of many of the students who attended the Training School. This and many other collections are available for researchers in the Harrison-Baird Reading Room of the Kentucky Library.