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Appalachian Feuds Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BCA 0008 SAA 007

Scope and Contents

The collection includes early 1900s correspondence between Berea College President, William G. Frost, and feud researchers; manuscript accounts; photographs; and newspaper clippings relating to specific feuds and feuding in general comprise the collection.  Materials documenting such feuds as the Callahan-Deaton, Hatfield-McCoy, Baker-White, Phipps-McNeil, Tolliver-Martin-Logan, and Turner-Sowder feuds are included in the collection.


  • Created: 1898-1977


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.


2.00 boxes_(general)

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Material in the collection was compiled over several years by Hutchins Library staff in response to the historical, cultural, and popular interest that feud activity has engendered, especially in Kentucky.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in six series:

Series 1: Correspondence - This series consists of correspondence between Berea College President William Frost and feud researchers, 1900 to 1903.

Series 2: Manuscript Accounts of Feuds - This series consists of typed or handwritten accounts of specific feuds: Callahan-Deaton, Hatfield-McCoy, Baker-White, Phipps-McNeil, Tolliver-Martin-Logan, Turner-Sowder.

Series 3: Clippings and Articles - This series consists of feud related newspaper clippings and magazine articles organized by family feud name. See also Series VI for oversized clippings.

Series 4: Students and Crime - This series consists of a 1936 publication entitled Breathitt County High School Students Give Their Thoughts About the Local Crime Situation, written by the Breathitt County, Kentucky school superintendent.

Series 5: Photographs - This series consists of one unidentified photograph and one set of published photographs relating to certain feuding family members.

Series 6: Oversize News Clippings - This series consists of oversized feud related news clippings. Also see Series 3.

Accruals and Additions

Materials in the Appalachian Feuds Collection were collected over several years by Hutchins Library staff.

Other Descriptive Information

Collection Number: BCA 0008 SAA 007

Processing Information

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