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Berea Community Collection

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Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Community Records

Local History

College and Town

Photographs

Interracial History - Oral History Interviews

Oversized Materials



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Berea Community Collection, 1810-1964 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: Berea Community Collection, 1810-1964Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Hutchins Library Staff.

Extent: 9.0 MS boxes

Arrangement: Arrangement of records is by series:  Community Records; Local History; College and Town; Photographs; Interracial History-Oral History Interviews; and Oversized Materials.

Subjects: Berea (Ky.) -- Race relations., Berea, (Ky.), Berea College, Civil rights movements -- Kentucky -- History -- 20th century., Oral histories -- Kentucky -- Madison County -- Berea.

Languages: English

Abstract

The Berea Community Collection is comprised of archival materials collected by college librarians as a part of the Berea City Vertical Files.  This collection, with its wealth of local history, was removed from the vertical files in order to further preserve and arrange the materials as a working collection.      

Background information and local history have been preserved in the form of business ledgers, organizational minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, audio recorded interviews, and photographs.

Materials concerning the relations between Berea College and the town in such matters as water works, municipal streets and rail service, date from 1892 to 1964, though the majority of materials, especially the photographs, are centered about the turn of the century.  There is a strong correlation between the records and photographs that lend insight into the emergence of the town of Berea.

Also included in the collection is a series of recorded interviews with transcriptions with Berea citizens discussing their interracial experiences and the Civil Rights movement. The interviews were conducted by students in Sociology Department courses taught by Jackie Burnside.  Follow the links in the recordings box lists to listen to interviews and read transcriptions.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection is comprised of business ledgers, organizational minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, interviews, and photographs providing background and historical information about the Berea community.

Subject/Index Terms

Berea (Ky.) -- Race relations.
Berea, (Ky.)
Berea College
Civil rights movements -- Kentucky -- History -- 20th century.
Oral histories -- Kentucky -- Madison County -- Berea.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use by researchers other than federal copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item/Folder/Box], Berea Community Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, Ky.

Processing Information: The finding aid and box list were updated in April 2014 by Lori Myers-Steele, Project Archivist.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0181 HC 06


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Community Records],
[Series 2: Local History],
[Series 3: College and Town],
[Series 4: Photographs],
[Series 5: Interracial History - Oral History Interviews],
[Series 6: Oversized Materials],
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Series 2: Local HistoryAdd to your cart.
This series contains information about the Berea area and its inhabitants. Included in the series is  correspondence concerning the 7th Kentucky Infantry in the Battle of Big Hill; papers and letters of the Elder family, 1810-1907; a transcript of correspondence between President Frost and Cash Rawlings discussing local history and folklore in the 1890s; and a transcript of biographical sketch of Samuel E. Welch (b.1861), a prominent Berea citizen, builder of Welch's Department Stores and first President of Berea National Bank.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Big Hill, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Elder Family, 1810-1907Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Frost-Rawlings Correspondence, 1926-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Welch, Samuel E., 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters of Everett C. HutchinsAdd to your cart.
Memories of living in Berea in the 1920s

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Community Records],
[Series 2: Local History],
[Series 3: College and Town],
[Series 4: Photographs],
[Series 5: Interracial History - Oral History Interviews],
[Series 6: Oversized Materials],
[All]


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