Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Lynwood Montell, Camilla Collins, Kenneth Clarke

Degree Program

Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This study is a development of the work roles of traditional farm women in Peytonsburg, Kentucky. Peytonsburg is a relatively isolated area along the western border of the Appalachians. Traditional processes such as broom-making, chair-making, quilting, spinning and traditional farming are still practiced there.

Taped interviews were conducted with seven women ranging from sixty-five to eighty-eight years old. The women were questioned concerning their house and field cores as well as their philosophies and attitudes toward their life styles. It was revealed in this study that the traditional farm women of this area work throughout the year to keep the family farm of:crating. In an analysis of these farm women's work roles it was discerned that they are concerned with four significant facets of life. First, their family; second, maintenance of the farm through house and field work necessary at any riven time; third, the church; rand, fourth, helping others.

This research adds to the small body of relevant materials available on women's studies. The present description of the work role, philosophies, and attitudes of the traditional farm women in Peytonsburg is a study which may provide a foundation for other research in women's roles.


Anthropology | Arts and Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Women's Studies