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Appalachian Region Oral Histories in the Berea Sound Archives

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Appalachian Region Oral History Collections Finding Aids

Disputanta Oral History Collection, 1978-1979

Audio recorded interviews that document the history of the Disputanta community in northern Rockcastle County, Kentucky.

Appalachian Volunteers Oral History Collection, 1982

Audio recorded interviews with former Appalachian Volunteer workers who were assigned to West Virginia between 1964 and 1967, and then settled in the area after their service ended.
Planting by the Signs in Kentucky Oral History Collection, 2018-2019.
This collection consists of seventeen audio recorded interviews that document the practice of scheduling planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops based on moon phases and astrological signs. Interviewees were active gardeners residing in Barren, Clark, Franklin, Gallatin, Harlan, Lee, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, and Rockcastle counties.
The interviews were recorded by Dr. Sarah Hall, of Berea College's Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Meg Wilson was a collaborator and photographer for the project.

Poverty Warriors Oral History Project

The Poverty Warriors Oral History Project was part of an Appalachian Studies 286 course taught by Chris Green during the Summer of 2015. Participating students were Emily Carter, Raychel McKinney, Britney Napier, Alexandria Gaston, and Kayla (Kyle) Rector.The interviews were conducted to supplement existing material on the Council of the Southern Mountains and the War on Poverty in eastern Kentucky. As of 2021, two of those interviewed, Hollis West and Tom Parrish, had died.

Preserving Appalachian Voices in the Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline Collection

A diverse selection of more than 750 oral history interviews, personal reminiscences, historical presentations, music performances, and radio programs. These recordings document regional history and personal life experiences in neighborhoods, religious congregations, businesses, factories, mines, farms, ethnic social clubs, singing societies, and music ensembles. 

Voices From the Sixties Oral History Collection

Audio recorded interviews of Kentucky and West Virginia community organizers, politicians, journalists, and scholars related to federal government funded anti-poverty programs in the 1960s and 1970s.

Council of the Southern Mountains Oral History Collection

Audio 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.