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Summer Puppetry Caravan for Appalachia Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Summer Puppetry Caravan for Appalachia CollectionAdd to your cart.

ID: RG 11/11.03

Primary Creator: Berea College

Other Creators: Di Teresa, Neil.

Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in series as follows: Series 1: General Information and History; Series 2: Tour Information; Series 3: Scripts; Series 4: Publicity; Series 5: Correspondence; Series 6: Environmental Theatre; and Series 7: Oversized Event Posters.

Date Acquired: 01/01/2009

Subjects: Appalachia -- Education., Appalachian Region, Southern -- Social life and customs., Appalachian Region., Art -- Study and teaching., Berea College, Bunraku., Folklore -- Appalachian Region., Puppet plays, American., Puppet theater.

Languages: English

Abstract

A Summer Puppetry Caravan for Appalachia was created by director Neil di Teresa, professor of art at Berea College, in 1969. Initially funded by Berea College and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Caravan received additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Commission, the Kentucky Humanities Council, and other private organizations. The aim of the Caravan was “to involv[e] Appalachians in Cultural and creative activities, to develo[p] a sense of rapport between Berea College and the Appalachian Mountain communities (especially the small isolated ones), and to exten[d] to Appalachians (and others), aspects of traditional mountain culture.” The Caravan used a wide variety of puppets, including: hand puppets, life sized puppets, larger than human creations, wooden puppets, and two puppets (named Matilda and Reuben Bledsoe) modeled after the Japanese Bunraku style. Before performances, di Teresa and the Berea College student puppeteers conducted workshops in the making and use of puppets to preserve mountain folk tales.Over eighty-five Berea College students, working through the college’s labor program, toured with the Caravan—making all puppets and stages, writing scripts, composing and performing original music, designing and printing posters, and conducting workshops.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are the records documenting the history, goals, and organization of the workshops and performances of the Summer Puppetry Caravan for Appalachia program created and directed by Neil di Teresa of Berea College.  Records include scripts, publicity materials, annual reports, notes of di Teresa and participating students, tour information, correspondence, and papers providing general information related to the creation and history of the program.

Subject/Index Terms

Appalachia -- Education.
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Social life and customs.
Appalachian Region.
Art -- Study and teaching.
Berea College
Bunraku.
Folklore -- Appalachian Region.
Puppet plays, American.
Puppet theater.

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 placed on this collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Acquisition Source: The records were given to the Berea College Special Collections and Archives in 2008 by Neil di Teresa.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], RG 11.03: Summer Puppetry Caravan for Appalachia Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The finding aid was updated in December 2015 by Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist, with the assistance of Janae Quinlan, Student Assistant Archivist. Series 7 was added to the Collection in August of 2018.


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Series 3: ScriptsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 12: AppleseedsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: The Czar and the FoolAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Froggy Went a Courtin'!Add to your cart.
Folder 15: A Visit to the Hospital with ClipperAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: The DragonAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Dwarf Long-noseAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Father GrumbleAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: The Firebird of ZagorskAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Goat-LaminAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: The Golden BirdAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Green GourdAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Little DevilsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 25: Punch and JudyAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Reuben and MatildaAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Wicked John and the DevilAdd to your cart.

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[Series 6: Environmental Theater],
[Series 7: Oversized Event Posters],
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