"In Kentucky Memories: Reflections of Rowan County, Jack Ellis has demonstrated an awareness of the important role of local history. During the past century-and-a-half, the human population of this amoeba-like area, carved out of Fleming and Morgan Counties, has matured into an Appalachian folk, cultural, economic, educational, and medical center. Literally scores of people have contributed both positively and negatively to the history of this community, and each of their acts in some form or another should remain as a record of their presence and activities. In the same way, every important human act documenting the past should should be passed on to future generations as a foundation for its presence and actions." Dr. Thomas D. Clark
Dr. Jack D. Ellis is a native of Morehead, Kentucky. He is a retired Director of Libraries and Professor of Library Science at Morehead State University. His 34 years of library work also includes Public, Bookmobile and School Library supervisory experience in Florida and Kentucky. Dr. Ellis is also a retired minister having served six different churches in four Eastern Kentucky counties. He holds degrees from Morehead State University, Peabody College of Vanderbuilt University and the University of Southern Mississippi. He is now serving his 32nd year as a member of the Kentucky Archives Commission having been appointed by seven seperate Governers. Dr. Ellis is married to Janis Caudill Ellis and they have four children: Jackie, John, Jeff and Jean, and 10 grandchildren.