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Oral Histories: Berea Community, in the Berea Sound Archives
From 2005-2016, the Sound Archives Fellowship program supported both the scholarly use of Berea's non-commercial audio / video collections and the conducting of cultural documentation projects that produced new material for future research use.
This series contains original audio and video interview recordings with transcriptions, of Berea citizens discussing race relations and the impact of the Civil Rights Movement conducted over the time period 1989-2001.
Oral History Interviews recorded by Sarah Broomfield and Janice Blythe. The Berea Community Life project developed from a summer workshop about oral histories, provided for Berea staff and faculty, on May 19-23, 2014. This Workshop was supported by the Center for Transformative Learning with funding from an Andrew W. Mellon Grant and the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. Additional interviews that enrich the understanding of the broader Berea community will be added as they become available.
This collection consists of seventeen audio cassette recordings of oral history interviews with weavers and other Berea, Kentucky residents involved with household weaving, weaving as a Berea College student industry, or the commercial enterprise, Churchill Weavers. Twenty of the interviews were recorded by Lexington, Kentucky weaver, Philis Alvic, in 1993 and 1995. Two of the interviews were records by Chris Miller in 1996.
Interviews recorded in 1978 with Berea College faculty, staff and several others representing such areas as community history, city government, public education, civic organizations and the advocacy group Berea Interfaith Task Force for Peace. Also included is a 1983 WEKU radio program that included Berea and other Madison County residents discussing the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign.