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Unique and non-commercial sound and video collections documenting Berea College and the Southern Appalachian region.

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For more information about the Sound Archive or access to our collection don't hesitate to contact us directly:

Harry Rice
Sound Archivist

John H. Bondurant
Sound Preservation
& Access Specialist

Special Collections & Archives

Other Library Multimedia

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We focus on rare materials and obsolete formats.  To find more readily available commercial movies and albums in the library search the Hutchins Library Catalog (BANC).

Berea Sound Archives

Berea's non-commercial audio and video collections document Appalachian history and culture, and the history of Berea College. They are especially strong in the areas of traditional music, religious expression, spoken lore, radio programs, oral history, and College events and personalities. These collections include field recordings from homes and churches, local and regional folk festivals, student performances, presentations of notable scholars, preachers, and social activists who have visited Berea.

An ongoing digitization effort is making these audio and video recordings readily available to faculty, students, and the public in Hutchins Library’s Department of Special Collections and Archives.  Many of these collections have online finding aids. A large and growing sampling of traditional music audio performances are available on line through the Sound Archives search page. Performance video and complete oral history recordings are available on line as well.

Video Highlights


Audio Highlight

Bradley Kincaid

Bradley Kincaid - Garrard County, Kentucky
"Barbara Allen (Child #84)," 1974 Celebration of Traditional Music

About Subject Guides

Sound Archives subject guides outline the audio and manuscript collections you can use to research different subjects. 

Collections are listed by title and collection number.  Some have only a brief catalog record while others will link to more comprehensive Special Collections finding aids. 

Contact us for more information about collections that interest you