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Appalachian Collections in the Berea Sound Archives

Berea's non-commercial audio and video collections document Appalachian history and culture. They are especially strong in the areas of traditional music, religious expression, spoken lore, radio programs, and oral history.

Fiddle tunes, banjo music, folk songs, and ballads of the Southern Appalachian region are featured in the traditional music collections and guides that are the cornerstone of the Berea College Sound Archives.


These oral history collections document a wide variety of people, organizations, and issues relating to the Southern Appalachian region.


Going beyond the limitations of words on paper, these rare recordings make possible hearing in the present the same accents, emotions, and issues that entertained and informed a past generation.


Old Regular Baptist lined-out hymns, shaped note singing, gospel music, and sermons are the religious expressions highlighted in these collections and research guides.