The Weatherford-Hammond Mountain Collection
Started in 1914 as a separate collection in the Berea College Library and given the name Weatherford-Hammond in 1964, Berea's Mountain Collection of published works on the Appalachian region is a resource of great importance and significance. A collection that cannot be easily duplicated, it is the pioneer or parent collection of printed sources and research materials on Southern Appalachia.
The collection was named after W.D Weatherford, Sr., who served Berea College for 50 years as a trustee, and his friend and co-sponsor William A. Hammond, a businessman from Xenia, Ohio. Through the endowed fund, which they established in 1964, the library seeks to acquire for this collection books and other printed materials on all aspects of the history and culture of the region, including both newly published and available out-of-print works. Today there are over 21,000 volumes in the collection.
The Weatherford-Hammond Mountain Collection is the oldest Appalachian collection in the world, and represents nearly a century of the College's efforts to collect and preserve Appalachian materials.