Recordings from the Sound Archives that have been converted to digital formats can be found in Berea Digital. You can browse recordings there or start searching for specific genres, titles, performers, or locations (by county, state) below:
13 reel-to-reel audio tapes and 23 sound cassette recordings of worship services and interviews that document Old Regular and Primitive Baptist singing and preaching traditions in southeastern Kentucky. The recordings were made primarily in the 1970s and 1980s by Berea College faculty members Loyal Jones and John Wallhauser, other researchers, and church members. The churches represented are located mostly in Floyd, Knott, Letcher, and Perry counties.
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. (2 ms boxes)
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.
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.
The symposium was conceived by Berea faculty members Loyal Jones and William Tallmadge. Presenters looked to challenge the pioneering work of George Pullen Jackson. The audio recordings document each of the seventeen oral presentations, and performances by the A.L. Phipps Family, the Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers, and Sunday services at the Left Beaver Old Regular Baptist Church at Martin in Floyd County, Kentucky.
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)
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. (17 ms boxes)