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Berea Weaving Oral History Project

 Collection — Container: 1
Identifier: BCA 0118 SAA 118

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of seventeen audio cassette recordings of oral history interviews with weavers and other Berea, Kentucky residents involved with household weaving, weaving as a Berea College student industry, or the commercial enterprise, Churchill Weavers. Twenty of the interviews were recorded by Lexington, Kentucky weaver, Philis Alvic, in 1993 and 1995.  Two of the interviews were records by Chris Miller in 1996.

Listen to Interview Recordings


  • created: 1993-1996

Conditions Governing Access

Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations.


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Language of Materials



Philis Alvic is a weaver and writer living in Lexington, Ky. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1964. In the early 1970s she did graduate study in textiles at Winthrop College. Her weaving has been shown at numerous exhibits throughout the United States. Alvic has written about weaving and her experience as an artist in national journals and magazines. She has authored several pamphlets on weaving in the Appalachian region including Weavers of the Southern Highlands: Berea (1993) and the book, Weavers of the Southern Highlands (2003).

Other Descriptive Information

BCA 0118 SAA 118

Processing Information

The collection was arranged by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist.  The finding aid was created in 2015 and updated in February 2016 by Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist.

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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