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The Southern Appalachian Archives acquires materials documenting the history and culture of the Southern Appalachian region.
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COLLECTIONS (in number order)

Council of the Southern Mountains Records, 1912-1970, SAA 1
Correspondence and other records (1910-1970) documenting the Council’s work of promoting cooperation among Appalachian private, government, and religious organizations. (288 ms boxes)

Appalachian Volunteers Records, 1963-1970, SAA 2
Records of the Appalachian Volunteers organization (1963-1970) including extensive correspondence, print, and photographic material. (145 ms boxes)

Southern Appalachian Studies Records (1962 Survey), SAA 3
Records of the administration, activities, and findings of this social, economic, and religious survey that was conducted to examine changes in Appalachia since the last such study done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1935. (180 ms boxes)

Katherine Jackson French Ballad Collection, SAA 4
Several dozen ballads and songs collected by French (1909-1910) from eastern Kentuckians including Berea College students and resdidents of Berea. (1 ms box)

John F. Smith Traditional Music Collection, 1915-1940, SAA 5
Several hundred ballads, songs, fiddle, and banjo tunes, some with musical notation, collected from Berea College students during the early 1900s by John F. Smith. Also included are lists of musical instruments played in the students’ home communities and descriptions of house dances and singing schools they participated in. (4 ms boxes)

James Watt Raine Ballad Collection 1908-1949,SAA 6
Ninety ballads and songs collected by James Watt Raine during the time he taught at Berea College, from 1906 to 1939. (1 ms box)

Appalachian Feuds Collection, 1898-1977,SAA 7
A collection of early 1900s correspondence between Berea College staff and researchers into Kentucky feuds. Also included are manuscript accounts of several feuds, related photographs, and newspaper clippings 1903-1921. (1 ms box)

Doris Ulmann Collection, 1930-1976, SAA 8
Correspondence, clippings, and articles relating primarily to photographer Ulmann’s work in Kentucky and other parts of Appalachia during the early 1930s. Also included are copy negatives for 300 of Ulmann’s Appalachian related prints. NOTE: The Berea College Art Department houses and provides access to an additional 4,000 posthumous Ulmann prints. (1 ms box and 7 boxes of copy negatives)

Hindman Settlement School Papers, 1899-1977, SAA 9
Correspondence, diaries, newsletters, ballad texts, and photographs relating to Hindman founders, Katherine Pettit, May Stone and other key figures in the school’s early history such as Ann Cobb, Josiah Combs, Lucy Furman, and Elizabeth Watts. (3 ms boxes)

Pine Mountain Settlement School Collection, 1913-1975, SAA 10
Correspondence, clippings, newsletters and other publications that document the School’s founding and operation, the long service of Berea President, Francis Hutchins on its Board of Directors, and the College’s formal administrative arrangement with Pine Mountain during the 1950s and 1960s. (9 ms boxes)

Katherine Pettit Papers, 1899-1937, SAA 11
Correspondence, narrative reports, and published accounts documenting Pettit’s efforts during the summers of 1899-1901, that led to the 1902 founding of Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky. (2 ms boxes)

Jesse Stuart Papers, 1933-1983, SAA 12
Correspondence, typescript poetry and prose, clippings, and photographs documenting the life and work of eastern Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart. (7 ms boxes)

Bradley Kincaid Papers, 1923-1988, SAA 13
Correspondence, photographs, interview transcripts, clippings, songbooks, sheet music, and other printed material documenting the career of Kentucky country music radio pioneer, Bradley Kincaid. (14 ms boxes)

Frontier Nursing Service Collection, 1911-1976, SAA 14
Correspondence, printed material, and photographs (1923-1951) relating to Mary Breckinridge’s establishment of nurse-midwifery clinics in Kentucky’s Leslie and Clay Counties. Most of the correspondence is between Breckenridge and Berea College Presidents, William J. and Francis Hutchins who at various times served on the FNS Board of Directors. (1 ms box)

National Advisory Commission on Rural Poverty Collection, 1966-67, SAA 15
The Commission’s fact finding efforts are documented in correspondence, reports and transcripts of hearings including one at Berea College on January 21, 1967. (8 ms boxes)

Appalachian Presbyterians Survey Records, SAA 16
Survey data on rural-urban differences among Appalachian Presbyterians from eighteen congregations in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia compiled in 1968 by Sociologist, Hart M. Nelson. (13 ms boxes)

I. W. Gabbard Papers, 1936-1955, SAA 17
Notebook-diaries (1936-1955) of I. W. Gabbard, Owsley County, Kentucky farmer and justice of the peace. He recorded details about local and national events, farming conditions, crop sales, weather, and family genealogical data. (1 ms box)

Appalachian Ballad and Folk Music Collection, 1911-1975, SAA 18
A collection of ballads, folksongs, spirituals, and commercial country songs collected at Berea College (1911-1927). Hand or type written text and notation are included along with correspondence between Berea College staff and music researchers (1907-1975). (1 ms box)

Willard Rouse Jillson Papers, 1898-1978, SAA 19
Correspondence, photographs, and maps relating to Jillson’s active involvement in promoting the exploitation of Kentucky’s coal, oil, and gas resources while serving as Kentucky State Geologist (1919-1932). (66 ms boxes)

E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund Records, 1922-1978, SAA 20
Records documenting the Robinson Fund’s role in southeastern Kentucky agricultural, educational, health, and economic development efforts. (71 ms boxes)

Perley F. Ayer Papers, 1952-1968, SAA 21
Correspondence, speeches, interviews, sound recordings, and photographs relating to Perley F. Ayer, Berea College Sociology faculty (1947-1967) and Executive Director of the Council of the Southern Mountains (1951-1967). (14 ms boxes)

Pine Mountain (Kentucky) Community Study Records, 1948-1965, SAA 22
Records of a socio-economic study of the Pine Mountain (Kentucky) Community conducted by Berea College Sociologist, Roscoe Giffin in the early 1950s. (8 ms boxes)

J.A. Stucky Papers, 1903-1956, SAA 23
Correspondence, photographs, clippings, and articles documenting Dr. Stucky’s pioneering efforts in the treatment and eradication of Trachoma among eastern Kentucky residents during the early 1900s. (2 ms boxes)

John C. Campbell Folk School Collection, 1909-1981, SAA 24
Correspondence and publications relating to the Brasstown, North Carolina school and its founders Olive Dame Campbell and Marguerite Butler and later directors. (1 ms box)

Helen Dingman Papers, 1917-1945, SAA 25
Diaries, correspondence, reports, and notes of Dingman, an eastern Kentucky social worker, Berea College teacher, and executive secretary of the Council of Southern Mountians. (1 ms box)

John Fetterman Papers, 1940-1973, SAA 26
Correspondence, research materials, writings, and photographs documenting Fetterman’s Pulitzer Prize winning work as reporter and editor for the Courier Journal and Louisville Times. He wrote extensively in the 1960s and 1970s about the effects of strip mining, poverty and the Vietnam war on eastern Kentuckians. He also authored the book, Stinking Creek and a National Geographic article on the people of Cumberland Gap. (30 ms boxes)

Appalachian Notes Records, 1973-1980, SAA 27
Correspondence with writers and subscribers related to the journal, Appalachian Notes, during the editorship (1973-1979) of Berea College History professor, Richard B. Drake. (8 ms boxes)

Appalachian Studies Association Records, SAA 28
Official records of the Appalachian Studies Association (originally the Appalachian Studies Conference) from 1977 to the present. (35+ ms boxes)

Bascom Lamar Lunsford Collection, 1874-1973, SAA 29
Correspondence, photographs, diary photocopies, folk song lyrics, interviews, sound and video recordings documenting the career of NorthCarolina folk music scholar and festival organizer, Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Tune titles and performer names are searchable via an in-house database and printed index. (10 ms boxes)

Disputanta Oral History Collection, 1978-1979, SAA 30
Series of twenty-eight (28) audio recordings, transcripts, and published material resulting from an oral history project documenting the Disputanta community in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, that was conducted 1978-1979 by Berea College student, Terry Allebaugh. An in-house database is available.

Ohio and Kentucky Railway Company Records, 1899-1900, SAA 31
Right-of-way deeds and construction contracts for the Ohio and Kentucky railroad which ran from Jackson, Kentucky, in Breathitt County to Cannel City, Kentucky, in Morgan County and ceased operation in 1933. (1 ms box)

Talitha Ethel Powell McClure Ballad Collection, 1915-1980, SAA 32
Handwritten lyrics to fifty-three ballads collected by Berea College student, McClure from her mother, Talitha Powell, during the 1915-16 school year. The Elder Powell later sung several of these songs for ballad scholar, Cecil Sharp on his 1917 Berea visit. (1 ms box)

William H. Tallmadge Baptist Hymnody Collection, 1968-1980, SAA 33
This collection includes correspondence, sound recordings, notebooks, church association minutes, and hymnbooks compiled during the 1960s and 1970s by William H. Tallmadge while studying Old Regular, Primitive, and United Baptist hymnody in eastern Kentucky, western North Carolina, and western Virginia, as well as the African-American shape-note singing tradition in southeastern Alabama. Title, performer and location search available here. (17 ms boxes)

Appalachian Religion Survey Records, 1931-1933, SAA 34
Data gathered 1931-1933 from 1,000 churches and missions in seventeen counties within six southern Appalachian states as part of a larger U.S. Department of Agriculture economic and social study. (6 ms boxes)

James Still Papers, 1940-2001, SAA 35
Correspondence, typescript poetry and prose, clippings, and photographs documenting the life and work of eastern Kentucky writer, James Still. (8 ms boxes)

Settlement Institutions of Appalachia Records, 1970-1982, SAA 36
Records documenting the SIA’s work of fund raising and promotion of cooperative programming among its fifteen member schools. (36 ms boxes)

Mabel Martin Wyrick Local History Collection, 1854-1893, SAA 37
Family letters, Baptist Church Association minutes, and an 1861 Union oriented songbook relating to the Martin, Anderson and Jones families in Knox, Laurel, and Whitley Counties, Kentucky, collected by local history writer Mabel Martin Wyrick of Corbin, Kentucky. (1 ms box)

Appalachian Volunteers Oral History Collection, 1982, SAA 39
Sixteen audio recordings and transcripts of interviews recorded by Marie Tyler McGraw with former Appalachian Volunteer workers who were assigned to West Virginia and then settled there after their service ended. An in-house database is available. (1 ms box)

Hindman Settlement School Records, 1899-1979, SAA 41
Photographs and microfilmed records documenting the founding, administration and activities of the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky. (13 rolls microfilm)

Pine Mountain Settlement School Records, 1913-1984, SAA 42
Photographs and microfilmed records documenting the founding and work of Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County, Kentucky. (95 rolls of microfilm and 32 boxes of photographs)

Annville Institute Records, 1900-1980, SAA 43
Photographs and microfilmed records of the Reformed Church of America’s Annville Institute (elementary and high school) at Annville in Jackson County, Kentucky. (21 rolls microfilm and 9 boxes photographs)

Red Bird Mission Records, 1920-1985, SAA 44
Photographs and microfilmed records documenting the administration and programs of the Methodist Church related Red Bird Mission in Clay, Leslie, Bell and Harlan Counties in Kentucky. (21 rolls of Microfilm and 10 boxes of photographs)

Buckhorn Children’s Center Records, SAA 45
Photographs and microfilmed records of the Presbyterian Church sponsored institution and its predecessors, Witherspoon College, and Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency, located at Buckhorn in Perry County, KY. (8 rolls microfilm and 25 boxes of photographs)

Hazel Green Academy Records, 1886-1982, SAA 46
Photographs and microfilmed records documenting the history of the Disciples of Christ sponsored school, located at Hazel Green in Wolfe County, Kentucky. (54 rolls microfilm, 25 boxes of photographs)

John C. Campbell Folk School Records, 1923-1985, SAA 47
Photographs and microfilmed records documenting the founding, administration and activities of the school, located at Brasstown in Clay County, North Carolina. (7 rolls of microfilm and 6 boxes of photographs)

Oneida Baptist Institute Records, 1906-1983, SAA 48
Photographs and microfilmed records documenting the founding and operation of this Baptist Church related school at Oneida in Clay County, Kentucky. (44 rolls of microfilm and 5 boxes of photographs)

Henderson Settlement School Records, 1925-1984, SAA 49
Photographs and microfilmed records documenting the history of United Methodist Church related Henderson Settlement School and child care program in Bell County, Kentucky. (6 rolls microfilm and 8 boxes photographs)

Hinton Rural Life Center Records, SAA 50
Photographs and microfilmed records (1958-1985) documenting the work of this Methodist Church related project at Hayesville in Clay County, North Carolina, which focuses on strengthening small-membership churches. (7 rolls microfilm and 1 box of photographs)

Harriette Simpson Arnow Collection, 1936-1986, SAA 51
Clippings, correspondence, manuscript fragments, photographs, essays and reviews relating to the life and writings of Kentucky writer, Harriette Simpson Arnow (1908-1986). (1 ms box)

Appalachian Church Minutes Collection, SAA 52
Published minutes or other records of several Appalachian church denominations. Mainline and Old Baptists are most numerous followed by Church of God, Lutherans and Methodists. The largest portion dates from the 1960s to 1980s but there are some from the early to late 1800s as well. An in-house database is available. An in-house database is available. (10 ms boxes)

Mountain Maternal Health League Records, 1936-1986, SAA 53
Correspondence, minute books, subject files, scrapbooks, publications, and photographs documenting the League’s work. (6 ms boxes)

Buell Kazee Collection, 1946-1979,SAA 54
Correspondence, articles, photographs, and sound recordings documenting the career, repertoire, and musical talent of Buell Kazee, Kentucky folk singer, banjo player, and Baptist minister. Performance and interview recordings are particularly notable for their extensive documentation of Kazee’s distinctive banjo fingering techniques and tunings. (3 ms boxes)

Southern Regional Council Appalachian Desegregation Survey Records, 1953-1954, SAA 55
Results of 1954 attitudes survey in twenty-nine counties of three states by Berea College economics professor, Robert Menefee, regarding the Supreme Court’s Brown decision. (1 ms box)

Cratis Williams Papers, 1940-1985, SAA 56
Correspondence, manuscripts, writings, clippings and photographs related to the life and work of Appalachian scholar, Cratis Willams. (7 ms boxes)

Leonard Roberts Papers, 1950-1983, SAA 57
Audio recordings, and transcriptions of folklore narrative collected by noted Kentucky folklorist, Leonard Roberts. Story titles, performer names and locations are searchable via an in-house database. (60 ms boxes and 15 card file boxes)

John S. Phillips Papers, 1944-1966, SAA 58
Clippings, scrapbooks, short stories, poetry, and photographs that document Phillips’ work as a West Virginia newspaper columnist, radio personality, and station manager. (10 ms boxes)

Appalachian Oral History Collection, 1972-1973, SAA 59
Series of twenty-one (21) audio recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted by Berea College students under direction of History professor, Richard B. Drake. Subjects include Pine Mountain Settlement School, John C. Campbell Folk School, Christian Appalachian Project, the Civilian Conservation Corps in Pike County, Kentucky, and Berea College’s Christmas Country Dance School. An in-house database is available.

Harlan County Struggle Collection, SAA 60
Clippings, print materials, and correspondence documenting the 1931-1932 Harlan County, Kentucky, coal miners’ strike. Included are letters by Theodore Drieser, John Dos Passos, and Berea College President, Willian J. Hutchins. (1 ms box)

West-Vanhook Family Papers, 1867-1952, SAA 61
Correspondence, family history, financial records, photographs, and audio recorded interviews that document the West-Vanhook family and the operation of the family farm at Paint Lick, Garrard County, Kentucky. (5 ms boxes)

Ben Heiman Folklore Collection, SAA 62
Collected folklore materials of Alabama storyteller, Ben Heiman. Except for some correspondence, and Hieman’s reworking of folk tales, the collection consists mainly of photocopied items from a wide variety of printed sources. (13 ms boxes)

Norfolk and Western Railroad Records, 1881-1979, SAA 63
Company published historical, legal, and administrative documents relating to the history and operation of the Norfolk & Western railroad. (10 ms boxes)

Scientists and Engineers for Appalachia Records, 1969-1979, SAA 64
Correspondence, clippings, maps, newsletters, photographs and sound recordings that document SEA’s efforts to bring advances in science and technology to bear on the problems of Appalachia. The sound recordings document two mid1970s symposia, one on the Clinch River Nuclear Reactor in Tennessee and another relating to strip mining and flooding in Appalachia. (6 ms boxes)

Reuben Powell Early Country Music Collection 1910-1982, SAA 65
Correspondence, clippings, and audio recordings of music and interviews that reflect Powell’s efforts at documenting a host of early country music performers, mainly 1930 to 1950. He was particularly interested in those from Kentucky and any associated with such radio programs as the National Barn Dance and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. (10 ms boxes and 13 card file boxes)

John Lair Papers, 1930-1984, SAA 66
Correspondence, photographs, radio scripts, sound recordings, interview transcripts, and other printed material documenting the life and work of Rockcastle County, Kentucky native, John Lair, founder of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. (79 ms boxes)

D. K. Wilgus Folklore Collection, 1918-1989, SAA 67
Kentucky ballads, songs, stories, sayings, legends, and local histories that Wilgus collected directly and through students while teaching at Western Kentucky University 1950-1962. Of equal importance are the sizable folksong and ballad files that Wilgus obtained from such earlier folklore scholars as Josiah Combs and E.C. Parrow whose study of Kentucky folklore date to the turn of the nineteenth century. (12 ms boxes)

Glenmary Religion Survey Records, 1965-1970, SAA 68
Survey data, interpretative articles, and 125 audio taped interviews with transcripts that document the religious attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of selected residents of Scott County, Virginia, and McDowell County, West Virginia. (15 ms boxes)

Graney-Windle Papers, 1902-1906, SAA 69
Personal letters (1902-1906) of Catherine Graney of Flemington & Rowlesburg, West Virginia, and Goyne Windle, who worked as a clerk for the Blaine and Potomac Coal Mining Company. (2 ms boxes)

Appalachian Photoarchives, SAA 70
Images documenting various aspects of Appalachian life and culture. Subjects depicted include handicrafts, logging, farming, coal mining, transportation, architecture, schools, and music. Some images date to the turn of the twentieth century but the provenance of most is unknown. (3 ms boxes.)

Josiah Combs Collection, 1910-1960, SAA 71
Typescript of writings and collected folklore by Knott County, Kentucky, native and noted folklore scholar, Josiah Combs. Topics include ballads and songs, Appalachian linguistics, and scatology. (3 ms boxes)

John W. Hevener Collection, SAA 72
Research materials, notes, manuscripts, articles, clippings, and photographs compiled by Hevener (1933-1989) author of Which Side Are You On: Harlan County Coal Miners 1931-1939. Other subjects include Widen, West Virginia and Appalachians in Akron Ohio. (20 ms boxes)

Earl Palmer Photographic Collection, 1950s-1960s, SAA 73
Photographs by Bell County, Kentucky native and noted Appalachian photographer, Earl Palmer. Subject areas include coal mining, handicrafts, landscapes, churches, farming, and people. (1 ms box)

Harry M. Caudill Papers, 1956-1990, SAA 74
Correspondence, clippings, writings, speeches, and photographs relating to Caudhill’s career as eastern Kentucky author and lawyer. (2 ms boxes)

Doc Roberts Papers, 1910-1938, SAA 75
Correspondence, recording contracts, royalty statements and fan mail documenting the commercial recording and radio work of Kentucky fiddler, Doc Roberts. (3 ms boxes)

Mary Wheeler Ballad Collection, 1917-1982, SAA 76
Ballad transcriptions, correspondence, clippings and photographs documenting Mary Wheeler’s collecting efforts while teaching at Hindman Settlement School in 1926. (2 ms boxes)

Tennessee Valley Authority Collection, 1936-1983, SAA 77
TVA produced educational and technical publications and photographs documenting its organization and activities. Subject areas include agriculture, industrial development, water management, health, and safety. (7 ms boxes)

Stuart Robinson School Collection, 1913-1957, SAA 78
Publications and photographs documenting this Letcher County, Kentucky, Presbyterian mission school (1913-1957) founded by E. O. Guerrant. (1 ms box)

Lily May Ledford Collection, 1936-1985, SAA 79
Autobiographical writings, articles, clippings, and photographs documenting the career of Kentucky country music performer, Lily May Ledford. (1 ms box)

Ancil Gatliff Collection, 1887-1988, SAA 80
Biographical material and correspondence documenting the life and career of Dr. Ancil Gatcliff, Whitley County, Kentucky, physician, banker, and coal operator. (8 ms boxes)

Edna Lynn Simms Appalachian Collection, 1855-1963, SAA 81
Family records, letters, card files, clippings and photographs compiled by Edna Simms in her efforts during the 1930s at documenting the people and life ways of the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, area. The photographs are mainly of people. Note cards include such topics as herbs, cures, food, superstitions, music, religion, and speech traits. (4 ms boxes)

Southern Music and Radio Photographic Collection, SAA 82
Photographs relating to early country music performers, traditional musicians, radio personalities, and events documented in the Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives. (3 ms boxes)

Sylvia Trent Auxier Papers, 1900-1968, SAA 83
Correspondence, diaries, and drafts of poetry, short stories, and articles by Sylvia Auxier, a writer from Pike County, Kentucky. (8 ms boxes)

Albert Stewart Papers, SAA 84
Correspondence (1949-1994) to and from Albert Stewart in his capacity as Editor of Appalachian Heritage. (2 ms boxes)

Missionary Baptist Study, SAA 85
Printed church association minutes and transcripts of audio recorded sermons and interviews documenting Missionary Baptist faith and practice in Allen, Barren, and Monroe, counties, Kentucky, compiled during the summer of 2000, by Berea College student, Andrew L. Hogue. (1 ms box)

McLain Family Band Records, SAA 86
Correspondence, concert / bluegrass festival programs, advertising material, photographs, sound and video recordings that document the Mclain Family Band’s performing activity between 1968 and 1989. (52 ms boxes)

“Voices From the Sixties” Oral History Collection, 1985-1987 , SAA 87
Forty-one audio recorded interviews of Kentucky and West Virginia activists, politicians, and scholars relative to government funded anti-poverty programs in the 1960s and 1970s. The interviews were the bases for four public radio documentaries titled respectively, “Appalachian Volunteers,” “Maximum Feasible Participation,” “Strip Mining,” and “Fair Elections.” An in-house database is available.

Jostes Sisters Renfro Valley Photographic Collection, SAA 88
Thirty 8 x 10 prints and ninety snapshots documenting Renfro Valley Barn Dance personalities, events, grounds, and structures during the 1940s. (1 ms box)

John Harrod Kentucky Fiddle Music Collection, SAA 89
One-hundred ninety-nine (199) audio field recordings (1970s-1990s) of interviews and performances that document the repertoire and playing styles of several dozen Kentucky fiddlers, mainly from the state’s southcentral and northeast regions. Tune titles, performer names, and locations are searchable via an in-house database.

Bruce Greene Kentucky Fiddle Music Collection, SAA 90
One hundred seventy-four (174) audio field recordings (1970s-1990s) of interviews and performances that document the repertoire and playing styles of several dozen Kentucky fiddlers, mainly from the state’s southern and southeastern regions. Tune titles, performer names, and locations are searchable via an in-house database.

Steve Rice Kentucky Fiddle Music Collection, SAA 91
Forty-four audio field recordings (1990s) of interviews and performances that document the repertoire and playing styles of several Kentucky fiddlers, mainly from the state’s south central region. Tune titles, performer names, and locations are searchable via an in-house database.

Barbara Kunkle Kentucky Traditional Music Collection, SAA 92
Fifty-six audio field recordings (1970s) of interviews and performances that document the repertoire and styles of several Kentucky fiddlers, banjo players, and ballad singers mainly from the state’s northeastern region. Tune titles, performer names, and locations are searchable via an in-house database.

Jeff Titon Kentucky Traditional Music Collection, 1990-1996, SAA 93
Fifty-seven audio and ten video field recordings of interviews and performances that mainly document southeastern Kentucky Old Regular Baptist singing traditions 1990-1996. Also documented are the repertoire and playing style of southern Kentucky fiddler, Clyde Davenport 1990-1991. Included as well is an undated, published video, “A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle” (Landis Family gospel singers of Granville County, North Carolina) produced by Titon associate, Tom Davenport. Tune titles, performer names, and locations are searchable via an in-house database or printed index.

Buckhorn School Oral History Collection, SAA 94
Series of 16 audio recordings of interviews with former Buckhorn School students and staff from the early to mid 1900s when the Perry County, Kentucky, school was known as Witherspoon College. Also included are recordings of speeches and reminiscences at various Buckhorn Alumni Association meetings. The recordings were made during the 1970s and 1980s by 1941 Buckhorn graduate, Mike Duff who gave them to Berea College in 1989. An in-house database is available.

John Lair - Renfro Valley Barn Dance Oral History Collection 1994-1999, SAA 95
Series of thirty audio recorded interviews with performers and others who were associated with the Renfro Valley Barn Dance and other radio programs produced by John Lair, first in Cincinnati, Ohio and later in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, 1937 through much of the 1950s. Most of the interviews were conducted during the period 1994-1999, by Hutchins Library Sound Archivist, Harry Rice. Additional interviews in the collection were conducted at various earlier times by Loyal Jones, Wayne Daniels, and Reuben Powell.

Nora Morgan Lewis Folktale Collection, SAA 96
This collection consists of copies of manuscripts from the narrative traditions of the Farmer-Muncy-Lewis family of Leslie County, Kentucky. These 38 folktales are mainly from the repertoire of Sidney Farmer Muncy and were written down by her daughter, Nora Morgan Lewis in the 1950s. Sidney Farmer Muncy was the source for the tales told by her granddaughter, Jane Muncy, documented on sound recordings made by folklorist, Leonard Roberts in 1948 which are now part of the Leonard Roberts Collection, SAA 57. (1 ms box.)

Catawba Sanatorium Collection, SAA 97
The Catawba Tuberculosis Sanatorium was opened in Virginia in 1909. A 1929 history, a 1913 annual report, and several pieces of ephemera constitute the collection. (1 ms box)

Lois Hirschy Trimble Postcard Collection, SAA 98
One hundred twenty seven postcards depicting such scenes as the last stagecoach in Kentucky, logging on the Kentucky River, Shaker dwellings, coal mines, moonshine stills, Lexington court day, and tobacco and hemp cultivation. The majority of the postcards apparently pre-date 1930. Some bear numbers that indicate they were within the Curt Teich series printed between 1913 and 1928. At least four were printed between 1900 and 1908. Two date from 1933 and 1936 respectively. Two were printed in England, and one (of a mountain washday) in Germany.

Virginia Americana Collection, SAA 99
Court documents, personal and business correspondence, election vote tallies, and bills of sale pertaining variously to Campbell, Floyd, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, and Scott Counties in Virginia and spanning the years from 1792 to 1889. In particular, materials document indentured servitude, the sale of slaves, and real property transactions. Personal and business correspondence 1805-1874 provide informative glimpses of personalities, attitudes, experiences, and the world of business. 1 mss box

Samuel McDowell Tate Papers, SAA 100
Correspondence, financial, and business records relating to Burke County, North Carolina businessman and politician, Samuel McDowell Tate, mainly for the period 1850-1892. Included also are Bills that Tate authored while serving in the North Carolina House of Commons (1870s 1880s). Pre-Civil War, Tate had a thriving general merchandise business and worked as a manager for the Western North Carolina Railroad Company. After Confederate Army service, he served variously as financial agent of the Western North Carolina Railroad Company, census taker, postmaster, justice of the peace, bank examiner, and North Carolina state treasurer.

Council of the Southern Mountains Records, 1970-1989, SAA 101
Administrative records, correspondence, organizational papers, photographs, news clippings, and sound recordings (1970-1989) documenting the Council’s work in mine health and safety, community unions, welfare rights, and legal services in the Appalachian region. The Council disbanded in 1989. (268 ms boxes)

Howard Dorgan Research Notes, SAA 102
(1 small ms box)

Rebecca Washington Collection, 1853-1906, SAA 103
Twenty-five letters sent to Rebecca Washington (1839-1904) between 1853 and 1864, with original envelopes, comprise the heart of this collection. It also includes a printed photo of the student body at Berea College, c.1906; a booklet given to Rebecca's daughters, Lucy and Sally Rees, in 1898; and Lucy's 1868 Bible, with some mementos saved in its pages. (1 ms box)

McCall's Magazine Report, SAA 104
(1 small ms box)

G.R. Combs Ballad Collection, 1907-1930, SAA 105
Several hundred ballads and religious songs collected by Berea student and Owsley County, Kentucky native Gilbert Reynolds Combs. Much of his collecting occurred during his turn of the century student days at Berea and his work as a Methodist pastor in Kentucky and North Carolina during the first half of the 1900s. The secular ballad and song material come mainly from Kentucky. The religious songs are from both Anglo and African American traditions found in Mississippi, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Also included are biographical material recounting Comb’s career, his notes recalling memories of early childhood, and description of the kind of social settings in which various traditional songs might be heard. (1 ms box)

Mary Holloway Nursing Records, 1925-1941,SAA 107
Correspondence and medical treatment notes of Mary Finley Holloway relating to her work as a nurse in twenty four eastern and central Kentucky counties for the Kentucky Commission on Crippled Children. Included is contact information for key persons and agencies in each county, along with names, diagnoses and recommended treatment for the children seen at clinics held in Louisville, Lexington, and smaller towns such as Harlan and Corbin. 1 ms box

Nora Carpenter Traditional Music Collection, SAA 108
Song lyrics, poems, and sound recordings authored or collected by Nora E. Carpenter of Magoffin County, Kentucky, mostly during the period 1920 - 1960. Also included are numerous clippings of published song lyrics, poetry, and community history, along with a few song books published by regional country music radio performers during the 1940s and 1950s. Seven self recorded reel-to-reel audio tapes document Nora Carpenter’s singing, banjo and harmonica playing during the 1960s-1970s. The recordings have been digitized for preservation and CD copies are available for listening. Song or tune titles are searchable via the Sound Archives Collections Content database. A sampling of audio files may be heard online. 3 ms boxes

Cash Gospel Quartet, SAA 109
Radio program sound recordings, program play lists, published song books, photographs, and personal appearance programs documenting the radio performing career of the Cash Quartet from Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Members included Walter Cash and his wife Reba; a sister, Joanne; and R.H. Hamm. They did not make commercial recordings. However, during the late 1950s and much of the 1960s they had their own weekly program on Renfro Valley radio station WRVK and occasionally appeared on John Lair's Renfro Valley Gatherin' heard over Louisville's WHAS and other stations. Their non-radio work included frequent local and regional monthly sings and singing conventions, especially those in Kentucky's Pulaski and Laurel Counties. The recordings have been digitized for preservation and CD copies are available for listening. The recordings' contents are also searchable via an in-house database. Several can be heard online. 2 ms boxes

Council of the Southern Mountains Oral History Project Collection, SAA 110
Twenty-one tape recorded interviews (with transcripts) relating to the social reform efforts of the Council of the Southern Mountains (CSM ) during the period 1970 - 1989. Interviewees include the former CSM executive director, other staff, board members, and elected officers.

The interviews provide documentation of the complete turn over in CSM leadership that occurred beginning in 1970, and the resultant initiatives over the next several years, in the areas of community organization, rural economic development, coal mine safety and health legislation, and mine disaster relief. 1 ms box

Chester R. Young Papers, SAA 111
The Chester R. Young papers include materials relating to his education, work, research, writing, and personal life. These materials include correspondence, clippings, photographs, manuscripts, research notes, publications and documents. They cover a wide range of subject matter, including mission work, Kentucky and Virginia history, religious topics, and education. Processed by UK graduate student Janice Childers. (75 ms boxes)

Over Home Radio Programs, SAA 112
Thirteen non-commercial sound cassette recordings, Dec. 1998 - June 1990 of Over Home, a radio program series documenting Western North Carolina traditional musicians and storytellers airing on WNCW in Spindale, North Carolina. Title and performer access options are forthcoming. (13 cassette tapes )

Alan J. Crain, SAA 113
Fifty-six audio recorded interviews and worship services made 1975-1982 by sociologist Alan J. Crain documenting the lives of coal miners and Pentecostal congregations in Knox County, Kentucky.

Bill Parker Collection, SAA 114
Photographs and digital copies of nine reel-to-reel audio tape recordings of singers, fiddlers, banjo players, and other traditional musicians, some of whom are otherwise undocumented. The recordings were made in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Alabama during the mid-1960s by Bill Parker of Paducah, Kentucky. Song or tune titles, performer names, and locations are searchable via the Sound Archives Collections Content database. A sampling of audio files may be heard online.

Asa Martin Collection, SAA 115
Reel-to-reel audio recordings, photographs, print articles, clippings, and discography documenting the career of Kentucky old-time singer and guitar player, Asa Martin. Audio material includes taped copies of his commercial recordings from the 20s and 30s and original recordings of 1970's era radio programs featuring Martin and his band, the Cumberland Rangers. Also included are several audio recorded interviews with Martin documenting various aspects of his career, especially his association with other rural Kentucky musicians including Madison County fiddler Doc Roberts, comedian-banjoist David "Stringbean" Akeman, the Amburgey Sisters, and Roy "Shorty" Hobbs. Song or tune titles, performer names, and locations are searchable via the Sound Archives Collections Content database.

Eastern Kentucky Folk Dancing Oral History Project, SAA 116
Thirty-one audio cassette recordings and transcripts of interviews that document the development of traditional square and related dance activity in southeastern Kentucky. The interviews were with mostly elderly residents of Harlan, Letcher, and Leslie Counties and were recorded by Peter Rogers in 1975.

Country Music Souvenir Song Book and Photo Album Collection, 1930-1950, SAA 117
Printed country music photo albums and souvenir song books published by performers, radio stations or program sponsors. They contain photographs and biographical information as well as song lyrics. Song styles represented include comedy, country, western, and gospel. Well known artists documented include the Carter Family and Roy Acuff. Also represented are several of the able but lesser known performers who made few, if any commercial recordings but achieved substantial regional popularity through radio and in-person performing at theaters, schools, churches, and county fairs.

Berea Weaving Oral History Project, SAA 118
Seventeen audio cassette recordings of oral history interviews with weavers and other Berea, Kentucky residents involved with household weaving, weaving as a Berea College student industry, or the commercial enterprise, Churchill Weavers. The interviews were recorded by Lexington, Kentucky weaver, Philis Alvic, in 1993 and 1995.

Curley Collins, SAA 119
News clippings, radio station program listings; photographs; articles and book excerpts; correspondence; and writings that document the career of Kentucky born country musician Curley Collins. Also included are a family produced disc recording of banjo tunes by Curley's father Neal; an audio cassette of 1946 era radio programs on WRVA in Richmond, Virginia on which Collins performed; and a 1980s era commercial CD of the singing and playing of Curley Collins and Benny Kessinger. The material dates 1928-1956, 1964-1969, and 1975-2002. In addition to information about Collins, this collection is particularly useful for its provision of details regarding the commercialization of traditional music in the Ashland, Kentucky - Huntington, West Virginia area during the early to mid 1900s.

Halbert H. Thornberry Kentucky Farm-Home String Band Collection, SAA 120
Audio recordings and print material documenting the history of a family string band from Henderson County, Kentucky over a period extending from the late 1800s to the mid 1970s. The original members consisted of Thomas and Gertrude Thornberry and their six children including son, Halbert, who compiled this collection. The six audiocassettes recorded during the period 1962-1976, are mostly of the Thornberry-Kentucky Farm-Home String Band at family gatherings in Henderson County, Kentucky and Urbana, Illinois. Additional recorded material includes brief portions of a fiddle contest in Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky and fiddle tunes by family associate, Ernest Ringo of Shelbyville, Illinois. Song or tune titles, performer names, and locations are searchable via the Sound Archives Collections Content database.

Federal Music Project - Eastern Kentucky Folk Song Project, SAA 121
One hundred thirty-one song lyrics and tune transcriptions of songs, ballads, hymns, and fiddle tunes collected in about 1936 by Federal Music Project workers in Boyd, Floyd, and Rowan Counties in eastern Kentucky. In a few instances there are either lyrics without musical transcriptions or transcriptions without lyrics. The material is in photocopied form and was compiled by Berea College Library staff from a lyric collection at the Louisville, Kentucky Free Public Library and a related set of transcriptions found in the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John Morgan Salyer Collection, SAA 122
This collection consists of forty eight acetate disc recordings made in the early 1940s that document Magoffin County, Kentucky fiddler and banjo player, John Morgan Salyer. Salyer was born in 1882 and was master of an older eastern Kentucky style that is only barely discernible in the playing of present day fiddlers and banjoists. Song or tune titles, performer names, and locations are searchable via the Sound Archives Collections Content database. A sampling of audio files may be heard online.

Roger Howell Memory Collection, SAA 123
Thirteen compact discs containing over 350 tunes documenting the repertoire and performance style of North Carolina fiddler, Roger Howell. The tunes were recorded in 2007. Howell provides narratives about where and from whom he learned the tunes, the keys in which he learned them, and the dates of the recordings. Title and performer access options are forthcoming.

Homer Ledford Radio Program Collection, SAA 124
Two hundred thirteen non-commercial audio cassettes and seven open reel tape recordings of Ledford’s radio program, Kentucky Traditions which was broadcast on station WSKV, Stanton, Kentucky from 1988 to 1997. Also included are interviews with Ledford and the four other band members of his group, The Cabin Creek Band, recorded by Harry Rice in 1997. Song or tune titles, performer names, and locations are searchable via the Sound Archives Collections Content database.

Kentucky River Oral History Project, SAA 125
One hundred fifty-one audio recorded interviews and detailed content summaries (not verbatim transcripts) that document the economic and social conditions of people who have lived or worked on the Kentucky River. The interviews were recorded by Berea College students in 1989 and 1990 as part of an oral history project administered by the Kentucky Folklife Program. The memory time span of these interviews in some instances goes back as far as the late 1800s. Narrators talk about industries and occupations associated with the river, various types of boats, floods, and accidents. Also discussed are river pollution, area geological history, social life, and recreation.

John Miles Gospel Music Radio Program, SAA 126
Sound recordings documenting radio performances of the Prichard Quartet and the Melody Five gospel singing groups from Whitley County, Kentucky during the late 1950s and early 1960s. These groups were jointly organized by Chester Prichard and John Miles who both worked as barbers in Barbourville, Knox County, Kentucky. Title and performer access options are forthcoming. A sampling of audio files may be heard online.

Appalachian Center Old Regular Baptist Recordings, SAA 128
This is a recent addition to our processed collections; a description, finding aid and other access options are forthcoming.

Kevin Parks Early Country Music Research Collection, SAA 129
Songbooks, photo albums, calendars, program histories, autograph books, photographs, periodicals, advertising posters and a radio listener's scrapbook that document several early country music radio performers, their sponsors and radio stations, mainly during the 1930s and 1940s. Among the performers documented are those associated with the National Barn Dance, Renfro Valley Barn Dance, and the Grand Ole Opry. Especially important among the periodical publications are Rural Radio, Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder, and the WLS weekly program magazine, Stand By! (12 ms boxes)

William Sears Home and Field Recordings Collection, SAA 130
Home video and audio recordings and radio programs, 1950s - 1970s, and video field recordings made in 2008 that document a wide range of singers and instrumentalist from Whitley and nearby counties in Kentucky and just over the border in Tennessee. Especially notable are performances by fiddlers Claude Harmon and Marion Pridemore, the Prichard Quartet and Melody Five Gospel groups and numerous other local musicians on the Country Music Express radio programs. The video recordings from 2008 document present day musicians and singers ranging in age from 60 to 85. Among these are two finger banjoist Junior McKeehan, fiddlers J.L. Burke and Ulysses Grant "Dick" Taylor, and singers Margarette Bowlin and Jessie Martin. Title and performer access options are forthcoming. A sampling of audio files may be heard online.

WHAS Radio Listening Center Reference Collection, SAA 131

Lee Knight Collection, SAA 132

Blanch Coldiron Collection, SAA 133

Robert Connor Collection, SAA 134
This collection contains the work of photographer Robert Connor, housed in two boxes of slides and one box of oversize matted prints. (2 ms box and 1 oversize)

Loyal Jones Rural/Country Comedy Reference Collection, SAA 135

Walter McNew Collection, SAA 136

Ed Ward Collection, SAA 137

James McBride Dabbs Audio Reference Collection, SAA 142

Asher and Little Jimmie Sizemore Radio Program Reference Collection, SAA 143

Ernest C. Martin Radio Program Collection, SAA 144

Cratis D. Williams Audio / Video Reference Collection, SAA 146

Red Wilson, SAA 148

Theo. Pigg Rockcastle County Photo Collection, 1936, SAA 149
Contains photographs of housing and roads in Rockcastle County, 1936. (1 small ms box)

Appalachian Mountain Family Photograph Collection, SAA 150
Images of families in the Appalachian Mountains surrounding Berea College, collected together from several area photographers (such as C. I. Ogg, E. W. Todd, and possibly E. Simms), taken between the 1890s to 1930s. Many of these images were used for public relations purposes during the Frost Administration era; therefore, the collection also includes some images of the Berea College campus. The collection was originally deposited with the Appalachian Museum and was transferred to SC&A c1990-1993. (4 ms boxes)

George Alexander Papers (Hindman Settlement School), SAA 151

Renfro Valley Traditional Music Festival, SAA 152

Renfro Valley Fiddler's Contest, SAA 153

Mac Wiseman's Renfro valley Bluegrass Festival, SAA 154

Ruth Carroll Illustrations, SAA 155
Original, handmade pen and pencil illustrations by Ruth Carroll used in the Tatum family series of children's books by Ruth and Latrobe Carroll, 1953-1964. (2 ms box, 1 oversize)

Southeast Kentucky Vietnam Veteran's Oral History Collection, SAA 156

Ware Brothers, SAA 157

Susan Spalding Dance Video Collection, SAA 158

Lukas Murphy Collection, SAA 159

Urban Appalachian Council Records, 1934-1994 (Part I), SAA 160
Since 1974, the Urban Appalachian Council (UAC) has worked with and for Appalachian migrants and their descendants, to dispel negative stereotypes and to help Urban Appalachians participate more fully in urban community life. This collection contains the organizational records of the UAC, documenting the board of trustees, executive committees, programming, funding agencies, community outreach activities, and beyond. (100 ms box)

Elder Walter L. Akers Old Regular Baptist Research Collection, SAA 161
Minutes from several Baptist demoninations, 1881-2006. (20 ms box)

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