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Appalachian Presbyterians Survey Records, 1966-1968 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Primary Creator: Nelsen, Hart M.

Extent: 13.0 MS boxes


Arrangement of the collection is in five series:

Series 1: - Reports This series consists of several preliminary and interim reports published by Hart M. Nelsen, prior to the survey's completion.

Series 2: Coding Instructions - This series consists of instructions to survey workers for completing individual participant schedules.

Series 3: IBM Cards  - This series consists of two sets of IBM punch cards, one of which carries a usage restriction.

Series 4: Interview Schedules  - This series consists of completed interview schedules for ministers, parishioners, clerks, church superintendents, and church-school teachers. Interviews are organized by roll, state, and community.

Series 5 : Miscellany -  This series consists of two journal reprints of articles by Nelsen explaining sampling and statistical analysis methods used in the survey.

Date Acquired: 01/01/1974

Subjects: Christian Education., Nelsen, Hart M., Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., United Presbyterian Church of North America.


The Appalachian Presbyterians Survey was commissioned by two denominations: the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the Presbyterian Church in the United States. It was conducted by Hart M. Nelsen of the Western Kentucky University's Department of Sociology.

The survey sample consisted of eighteen separate congregations in five Appalachian states—Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. However, data collected in North Carolina is not included in these records.

The survey process consisted of five parts:

1.       Preparation of a comprehensive bibliography (Apr 1967) and a 343 page review of literature (May 1967).

2.       Consultation with key church leaders to analyze the review of literature (May 1967).

3.       Preparation of the research design (Jun 1967).

4.       Field interviewing (Jul-Aug 1967).

5.       Coding and analyzing the completed interview data (Feb 1968).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of IBM data cards, preliminary and final reports of findings, survey instructions, interview schedules, and journal articles utilized in the Appalachian Presbyterians Survey conducted by Hart M. Nelson, Western Kentucky University, Department of Sociology.

Subject/Index Terms

Christian Education.
Nelsen, Hart M.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
United Presbyterian Church of North America.

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: Reproduction and / or analysis of the computer data cards produced by Nelsen can be done only with his permission. There are no other restrictions than those required by federal copyright laws.  Please cite all collection materials.

Acquisition Method: The Appalachian Presbyterians Survey Records were acquired from Hart M. Nelsen by Berea College in 1974.

Related Materials:

Southern Appalachian Studies Records (1962 Survey)

Appalachian Religion Survey Records, 1931-1933

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], Appalachian Presbyterians Survey Records, 1966-1968, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The collection was opened for research in 1980. The finding aid was updated in February 2015.

Other Note: BCA 0017 SAA 016

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