Appalachian Folklife Project, Audiotape and Slide Collection,1976-1980

Descriptive Summary

Appalachian Folklife Project, Audiotape and Slide Collection,1976-1980
Appalachian Museum, Berea, KY
9.9 cu. ft.
Appalachia -- Mines and mining, coal
Appalachia -- Architecture, folk
Dulcimers -- Construction
Appalachia -- Culture
Architecture, folk -- Cabins
Museums -- Appalachian Museum
Madison County, Kentucky -- Museums
Appalachia -- Woodworking
Appalachia -- Art, folk
Appalachia -- Religion
Appalachia -- Education
Appalachia -- Folklife
Appalachia -- Quilting
Appalachia -- Pottery
Appalachia -- Basketmaking
Appalachia -- Agriculture
Appalachia -- Blacksmithing
Appalachia -- Arts and crafts
Appalachia -- Lumber industry
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:M. Plarr
Berea College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Appalachian Folklife Project was undertaken at the Appalachian Museum in Berea, Kentucky during the directorship of Harry Segedy. Its goals were to present the traditional lifestyles of Appalachian residents and to encourage people to value and preserve these traditions. During the project, museum staff conducted oral history interviews on Appalachian education, religion, and ethics, and upon specific mountain folkways. Each interview was augmented with photographs of the interviewees, of the activities they spoke of or were engaged in, and with photographs from the Berea College Archives. The photographs and interviews were then combined to form slide tape presentations which were shown regularly at the museum. Copies of the presentations were also rented and sold.
Scope and Content
Materials consist of photographs and oral history tapes made in conjunction with the Project, which was initiated to document the cultural heritage of the Appalachian region.
Materials consist of oral history interviews (ca. 200 audiotapes) of participants in the Folklife Project and photographs (ca. 10,000 photographs and slides) taken by project staff, which were the primary sources for the slide-tape presentations. Subjects of the interviews and photographs include quilting, pottery making, herb gardening, basketmaking, blacksmithing, hog butchering, log cabin construction, dulcimer making, logging, and coal mining.
Card catalog; item list.The interviews have been transcribed and indexed.