Welcome to Berea College Special Collections and Archives, your source for rare books and out-of-print works; published materials focusing on Berea, Appalachia, and Abraham Lincoln; and primary resources documenting college, local, and regional history.

Begin your discovery journey by searching these databases:

find physical resources: records, manuscripts, photographs, audio and video tapes
access online resources: images, texts, audio and video files
find physical resources: books, pamphlets, CDs, DVDs
access online resources: sung, played, and spoken performances

Fall 2022: Entry to Hutchins Library is by campus key card only. Persons without a key card may visit Special Collections and Archives by making a reservation at https://berea.libcal.com/booking/rr. Please call 859-985-3262 from the library front entrance when you arrive. If no answer is received, call 859-985-3267. Masking is optional but recommended throughout Hutchins Library at present.


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Potentially Harmful Content Notice:Berea College Special Collections and Archives collects materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. These materials document the time period when they were created and the views of their creators. As a result, some items may demonstrate offensive language and views that do not reflect the values of Berea College.

Berea College Special Collections and Archives is proud to participate in the Digital Library of Appalachia and the Lomax Kentucky Recordings Project.