The South Arts In These Mountains collection documents various aspects of folk arts and culture in the central Appalachian counties of Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina through the use of audio / video recording and photography.
Conducted during the period 2019-2021, the interviews document a wide range of artistic expression including pottery, puppetry, hip-hop and rap music, ukulele music, tattoo arts, food preservation, clogging, chair caning, quiltmaking, hair braiding, basketry, preaching, and land use. In addition to the work of individual artists, folk arts education programs are also documented. (2023)
Berea's Early History, 1855-1920, by Alivia J. West, '2023. Student exhibit in the SCA hallway.
Winter in Berea student exhibit by Chloe Spitzer. SCA entry room. December 2023 - January 2024.
Research Fellowships and Awards
The Special Collections and Archives Media Archives Fellowship program awards fellowships to one or two researchers annually. Stipends are $1,400 for a two-week study visit.
The Special Collections and Archives Undergraduate Research Awards program recognizes outstanding original papers or projects that make substantive and creative use of SCA's media collections. Winning entries receive $500.
Monetary donations are always welcome! If you would like to support the work of Special Collections and Archives, please consider contributing to the Janis Ian Archives Fund. Gifts both large and small help us greatly.
If you are interested in donating archival records documenting Berea College history, local history, and life in Appalachia, please read our Collections Policy and contact Collections Archivist Lori Myers-Steele, Sound Archivist Harry Rice, or Head of Special Collections Tim Binkley.