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Mountain Dulcimers in the Appalachian Artifacts Collection

Fourteen dulcimers from the Appalachian Teaching Collection in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College, with information about their makers, based on the exhibit curated by Student Nathan Kouris.

Contributors and Sources

This guide is based on the summer 2012 dulcimer exhibit project. The exhibit showed in the main gallery of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center from August 2012 through July 2013. Student Curatorial Associate Nathan Kouris selected the artifacts, compiled the information, and photographed the artifacts. Student Curatorial Associate Travis Rigg edited the text, added information, and produced this guide in Summer 2013. Student Curatorial Associate Kathryn Dunn completed additional editing in 2015. Christopher Miller was the supervising curator.  

The information is this guide was drawn from several sources. Special thanks to Dr. Alan Mills and dulcimer maker Warren May, who provided valuable information. We also acknowledge these important sources:

Smith, Ralph Lee. Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions

Irwin, John Rice. Musical Instruments of The Southern Appalachian Mountains

Smith, L. Allen Smith. A Catalogue of Pre-Revival Appalachian Dulcimers


LJAC Artifact Guides

The Appalachian Artifacts Teaching Collection is held by the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College. For additional information or to access the collection contact Curator Christopher Miller.  Explore more of our virtual exhibits and collections using the links below.

Visual Index of Our Dulcimers




All artifact images Copyright Berea College 2012.