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 guides are the work of Archives staff and scholars supported by the College’s Sound Archives Fellowship Program. Using audio / video illustrations, they cover such topics as regional and individual variations in performing styles and repertoires, traditional music’s commercialization, and representations of race and gender. Also included are profiles of older generation performers, analysis and transcriptions of distinctive fiddle tunes, and documentation of small time traditional music oriented radio programs.