University of Kentucky
Received the National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship.
Won the Rolling Stone Critics Award for her album "None But One."
Signed to Elektra Records and released her first album, "Jean Ritchie Sings."
Received a Fulbright Scholarship to collect folk songs in Britain and Ireland.
Performed at New York's Spring Fever Hootenanny with Woody Guthrie and The Weavers.
Family was considered one of the great ballad-singing families of Kentucky.
First learned to play her signature instrument the lap dulcimer by secretly playing her father's when she was a child, though she and her siblings had been forbidden to touch it.
Shared a single room with nine of her sisters while growing up in Kentucky.
Worked as an elementary school teacher during World War II.
Moved to New York to work for the Henry Street Settlement as a social worker in the late-'40s, where she befriended folk artists like Pete Seeger and Lead Belly.