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Appalachian Volunteers Oral History Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BCA 0040 SAA 039

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of sixteen audio recordings and unedited transcripts (of six of the interviews) with former Appalachian Volunteer workers who were assigned to West Virginia, between 1964 and 1967, and then settled in the area after their service ended.

These interviews were recorded by Marie Tyler McGraw during the summer of 1982 with the support of an Appalachian Studies Fellowship from the Berea College Appalachian Center. McGraw's article based on this research entitled "Staying On: Poverty Warriors in West Virginia After Fifteen Years" appears in the anthology, Reshaping the Image of Appalachia.


  • created: 1982


Conditions Governing Access

Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College. Some recordings and transcripts available online.

Conditions Governing Use

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


3.00 boxes_(general)

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged as follows:

Box 1: Transcripts of unedited transcripts.  Note: not all interviews have transcripts.

Box 2: Recordings of interviews (cassette tape format)

Box 3: Additional copy of each recording (cassette tape format)

Other Descriptive Information

List of Interviewees:

Anderson, Colleen; Biesmyer, David; Catape, Beth; Cohen, Naomi Weintraub; Cooper, Brooke; Crandal, Penny; Kinderman, Gibbs; Kline, Mike; Monroe, Jeff; Ogle, Milton; Robinson, Craig; Thibault, James; Yarrow, Doug; and Yarrow, Ruth

BCA 0040 SAA 039

Processing Information

The finding aid was updated in November 2015. Links to recordings added 2019.

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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