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Berea College Appalachian Museum Oral History Collection, 1975-1980

Identifier: RG 14-14.12

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of interviews recorded between 1975 and 1980 documenting a wide variety of Appalachian traditional crafts, occupations, and expressive culture from areas of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Listen To Interviews, Read Transcripts, View Photographs

The recordings were for use in the production of audio-visual exhibits at the then Berea College Appalachian Museum.  Subject areas include blacksmithing, carpentry, chair making, coal mining, corn shuck doll making, dulcimer building, gardening, herb lore, logging, pottery making, quilting, religion, spinning, vegetable dying, and weaving.

There are also interviews relating to the Pine Mountain Settlement School's interest in preserving various aspects of traditional crafts and expressive culture, the school's founding, its founders, and educational philosophy.


  • Created: 1975 - 1980


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Federal copyright regulations apply.  Please cite materials.


5.00 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in the series as follows: Series 1: Original interview audio recordings. Series 2: Interview transcripts, photographs, and additional notes. Series 3: Photographic negatives and contact sheets.


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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