Recordings from the Sound Archives that have been converted to digital formats can be found in Berea Digital. You can browse recordings there or start searching for specific genres, titles, performers, or locations (by county, state) below:
Spoken Word & Folklore Finding Aids
Appalachian Humor Festival Collection (1983, 1987, 1990, 1993), RG 11
Forty-three open-reel and fifty-eight cassette audio tapes documenting four separate festivals held at Berea College during the 1980s and 1990s. Each festival included symposiums by scholars of humor as well as a variety of regional humorists.
Kentucky ballads, songs, stories, sayings, legends, and local histories that Wilgus collected directly and through students while teaching at Western Kentucky University 1950-1962. Of equal importance are the sizable folksong and ballad files that Wilgus obtained from such earlier folklore scholars as Josiah Combs and E.C. Parrow whose study of Kentucky folklore date to the turn of the nineteenth century. (12 ms boxes)
Twenty-three VHS video recordings documenting the Fifth National Festival of Black Storytelling held at Berea College November 12-14, 1987. Features concurrent storytelling sessions for various ages, the Second National Liars Contest, an informal "Swapping Ground" for storytellers, and scholarly lectures on the status of Blacks in Appalachia
Typescript of writings and collected folklore by Knott County, Kentucky, native and noted folklore scholar, Josiah Combs. Topics include ballads and songs, Appalachian linguistics, and scatology. (3 ms boxes)
Audio recordings, and transcriptions of folklore narrative collected by noted Kentucky folklorist, Leonard Roberts. Story titles, performer names and locations are searchable via an in-house database. (60 ms boxes and 15 card file boxes)