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Appalachian Presbyterians Survey Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BCA 0017 SAA 016

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of IBM data cards, preliminary and final reports of findings, survey instructions, interview schedules, and journal articles utilized in the Appalachian Presbyterians Survey conducted by Hart M. Nelson, Western Kentucky University, Department of Sociology.


  • created: 1966-1968
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1974


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and / or analysis of the computer data cards produced by Nelsen can be done only with his permission. There are no other restrictions than those required by federal copyright laws.  Please cite all collection materials.


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Language of Materials



The Appalachian Presbyterians Survey was commissioned by two denominations: the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the Presbyterian Church in the United States. It was conducted by Hart M. Nelsen of the Western Kentucky University's Department of Sociology. The survey sample consisted of eighteen separate congregations in five Appalachian states—Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. However, data collected in North Carolina is not included in these records. The survey process consisted of five parts: 1.       Preparation of a comprehensive bibliography (Apr 1967) and a 343 page review of literature (May 1967). 2.       Consultation with key church leaders to analyze the review of literature (May 1967). 3.       Preparation of the research design (Jun 1967). 4.       Field interviewing (Jul-Aug 1967). 5.       Coding and analyzing the completed interview data (Feb 1968).

Arrangement Note

Arrangement of the collection is in five series:

Series 1: - Reports This series consists of several preliminary and interim reports published by Hart M. Nelsen, prior to the survey's completion.

Series 2: Coding Instructions - This series consists of instructions to survey workers for completing individual participant schedules.

Series 3: IBM Cards  - This series consists of two sets of IBM punch cards, one of which carries a usage restriction.

Series 4: Interview Schedules  - This series consists of completed interview schedules for ministers, parishioners, clerks, church superintendents, and church-school teachers. Interviews are organized by roll, state, and community.

Series 5 : Miscellany -  This series consists of two journal reprints of articles by Nelsen explaining sampling and statistical analysis methods used in the survey.

Method of Acquisition

The Appalachian Presbyterians Survey Records were acquired from Hart M. Nelsen by Berea College in 1974.

Related Materials

Southern Appalachian Studies Records (1962 Survey)

Appalachian Religion Survey Records, 1931-1933

Other Descriptive Information

BCA 0017 SAA 016

Processing Information

The collection was opened for research in 1980. The finding aid was updated in February 2015.

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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