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What's new and coming up in Berea College Special Collections and Archives? Check here for announcements and opportunities.

December 2023 Events

December 1: The Great Spoonbread Recipe and Story Roundup! Please join us for a day of sharing family recipes and stories with Folklorist Emily Hilliard.

November 2023 Events

November 27: "Crafting a Community Cookbook: A Zine Making Event" will be held in the Hutchins Library Flex Space. (Click the image for full details.)


November 17: Special Collections and Archives welcomes you to meet 2023 Media Archives Fellows Grace Rogers and Blakeley Burger. Rogers and Burger are both studying fiddle music. However, their project goals are quite different, demonstrating the usefulness of SCA resources in diverse ways. Please join us in the Reading Room (Hutchins Library Room 130) for brief presentations from our visiting scholars.


November 16: Emily Hilliard will speak on the topic "Friends of Coleslaw: The Folklore of the West Virginia Hot Dog" as part of the Carter G. Woodson Center's "Bites of History" series. When? 12pm. Lunch is provided.


November 6: "Bibles and Bowie Knives" Lunch-and-Learn with White Hall Historic Site Coordinator Mathew Parrish. Lunch begins at 11:30. FREE! 


Friday Finds Tours: "Peruse the Cookbooks Again: The Great Spoonbread Recipe Roundup"
10:00 AM October 20 through December 15 (except Nov. 24).

Program description and details. (Scroll down to Library tours.)


St. John's Bible Tours

9:00 AM each Monday morning that classes are in session.

Program description and details. (Scroll down to St. John's Bible.)

Social Media

Visit our social media accounts for additional announcements and collections highlights.

New Online Resources

Southarts: In These Mountains Central Appalachian Arts and Culture

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)

Current Exhibitions

Berea's Early History, 1855-1920, by Alivia J. West, '2023. Student exhibit in the SCA hallway.

Appalachian Magic by Caitlyn Rahschulte. Exhibit in the SCA entry room.


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.

Full details are available on this linked page.

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.

Full details are available on this linked page.

Contribute to SCA

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.