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Alan J. Crain Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BCA 0113 SAA 113


  • created: 1975-1982

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There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations. Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.


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A sociologist by training, Alan J. Crain taught at Allegheny College in western Pennsylvania. During the 1970s, he developed an ongoing interest in southeastern Kentucky through the Appalachian Semester at Union College in Barbourville. This was a summer-long program that introduced students to the culture and traditions of Knox County and the surrounding area. Over a period of about ten years he made extended visits to Knox County, at times living in homes of residents of the Trosper community. His research efforts focused primarily on documenting the lives of coal miners and the religious life in Pentecostal churches. His research data gathering efforts included photography and making audio recordings of interviews and church services.

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  • 09099999: The finding aid was updated in July 2015.

Repository Details

Part of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives Repository

Hutchins Library
100 Campus Drive
Berea Kentucky 40404 US