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Kentucky Foothills Square Dance Oral History Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BCA 0268


Interviews recorded by Susan Spalding documenting the history of square dancing in Berea and surrounding counties. Also included are selected audio and video excerpts of local dance groups and callers. The dancing is the type done in a big circle that divides into smaller “squares” of two couples.

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The time period covered is from the beginning of the twentieth century through about 1970.  Spalding determined that in the early years square dancing took place predominantly in homes, moving to lodges, schools, and other larger places by the 1930s and 40s. By mid-century the venues and occasions began to shift toward competitions and festivals, although people danced in local establishments until the 1970s.


  • Created: 2014
  • Other: Majority of material found in 2014
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1901


Conditions Governing Access

All records within this collection can be accessed digitally by following recording links for each interview. Records can also be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.


17.00 items

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Related Publications

See Susan Spalding's full length article

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Repository Details

Part of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives Repository

Hutchins Library
100 Campus Drive
Berea Kentucky 40404 US