Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline Collection
Scope and Contents
These are records of West Virginia folklorists and musicians Michael and Carrie Nobel. Their work is mainly in the form of folklife and oral history documentation of social issues, communities, events, and people.
The collection consists mainly of interview and music performance audio recordings, photographs and interview transcripts related to their extensive work in West Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Massachusetts.
Digital preservation of the recordings in Series 9, 12, 13, 14, 21 and selected ones in Series 33 and 38 was made possible by a Recordings-At-Risk grant from the Council On Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The CLIR grant program is made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Other: Majority of material found within 1994-2014
- Other: Date acquired: 04/28/2015
Conditions Governing Access
The collection can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College. Some portions of the collection are restricted from research use. Those materials are marked in the inventory.
Conditions Governing Use
The Donors retain all copyrights and intellectual property rights pertaining to the Materials for a period not to exceed 30 years. The donors grant to the College permission to use the materials for research or non-commercial purposes. Any commercial use must have the permission of the donors. On or before January 1, 2047, all copyrights and intellectual property rights pertaining to the materials will transfer to the college as an integral part of this gift.
This collection includes materials that were created as “work for hire” and copyright for those materials may be held by other entities.
Copies made for commercial broadcast or publication require the permission of the donor until January 1, 2047. After that time, they will require the permission of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives.
In addition, Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline worked to validate and dignify the voices of those they documented. The spoken testimonials from southern mountain people historically have little overlap with most written accounts about them by missionaries, sociologists, regional planners and feature writers, whose stereotyping and assumptions often work against progressive human development in the region. In contrast, the material in this collection is meant to be used to affirm the diverse experiences of all who are documented within it.
Utilization of the materials from the Collection require careful consideration and respect towards all the people whose voices and images may be used. Commercial users must make a good faith effort to contact the interviewee for permission to use their recorded voices and images before including them in any production or written materials.
The Guide to the Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline Collection by Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, is made available for public use under Creative Commons license CC0 1.0: Universal Public Domain (https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0). No rights reserved.
Language of Materials
The collection has been arranged in the following series:
Series 1 through 38: audio recordings. Series 39 through 77: project records, photographs, biographical material, and video recordings
Series 1: [information restricted]
Series 2: Walker Calhoun Audio Recordings
Series 3: Calvert County Marine Museum Audio Recordings
Series 4: Calvert County Tobacco Audio Recordings
Series 5: Concord Library Audio Recordings
Series 6: Hampshire County, West Virginia Audio Recordings
Series 7: Currence Hammonds Audio Recordings
Technical Access Requirements
Most, but not all of the audio materials have listening copies. Please contact Special Collections in advance to ascertain if a listening copy already exists.
Source of Acquisition
Donated by Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline
Method of Acquisition
Deed of gift, signed 3/17/17.
Other Descriptive Information
Collection number: BCA 0258
Processed by Harry Rice
- Buchanan County (Va.)
- Calhoun, Walker.
- Fayette County (W. Va.)
- Floods -- West Virginia.
- Gilmer County (W. Va.)
- Hammonds, Currence.
- Hampshire County (W. Va.)
- Hydraulic fracturing.
- Lewis County (W. Va.)
- Maryland -- Calvert County.
- Maryland -- Charles County.
- Maryland -- St. Mary's County.
- Massachusetts -- Concord (Town).
- Massachusetts -- Lowell (Town).
- Middle Peninsula (Va.)
- North Carolina -- Alamance County.
- Northern Neck (Va.)
- Occaneechi Indians.
- Ohio -- Holmes County.
- Ohio County (W. Va.)
- Pendleton County (W. Va.)
- Pennsylvania -- Schuylkill County.
- Pochahontas County (W. Va.)
- Randolph County (W. Va.)
- Ritchie County (W. Va.)
- Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
- Tucker County (W. Va.)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Underground Railroad -- Ohio.
- Upshur County (W. Va.)
- Wheeling (W. Va.)
- Wood County (W. Va.)
- Archon Finding Aid Title
- Harry Rice
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
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