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About Special Collections & Archives

Information about Berea College Special Collections & Archives
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Special Collections and Archives research more often than not means using materials found in boxes rather than books.

Welcome to Special Collections & Archives

Hutchins Library’s Special Collections & Archives supports both the educational mission of the College and the wider world of scholarship by:

  • Maintaining an extensive collection of primary materials and resources related to the history of Berea College, the Southern Appalachian Region, and the Berea Community.
  • Providing access to archival and published materials in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room and extensive digital collections.
  • Working with students to discover and use primary sources such as: historic campus photographs; letters from Berea’s founders, early faculty and students; traditional regional music; and Reverend Fee’s personal cut Bible.
  • Working with faculty to provide exhibits of one-of-a-kind archival material such as Bibles, other sacred writings, and early published texts.
  • Working with faculty to find archival material upon which to develop hands-on assignments and activities.
  • Supporting the professional development of faculty and staff through workshops on teaching with primary sources.