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Summer Puppetry Caravan for Appalachia Collection

Collection Overview

Title: Summer Puppetry Caravan for Appalachia Collection

ID: RG 11/11.03

Creator: Berea College

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

Languages: English [eng]

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.

Administrative Information

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.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: General Information/ History/ MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1A: General Information/ History/ MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 1B: Holdings on Puppetry in the Hutchins and Art LibrariesAdd to your cart.
Folder 1C: "Pilgrimage of Our Puppets", 1974Add to your cart.
Paper for Sociology 236 (Community Recreation) by Elaine Bishop
Folder 1D: "An Introduction to Puppetry", n.d.Add to your cart.
Paper for Sociology 350 by Liz Martin
Series 2: Tour Information and Annual ReportsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; N.D.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Schedules, Itineraries, Calendars; 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Summer and General DataAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Anecdotes; N.D.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Anecdotes; 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Anecdotes; 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Anecdotes; 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Anecdotes; 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Anecdotes; 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Anecdotes; 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Anecdotes; 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Anecdotes; 1986Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Annual Reports; 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Annual Reports; 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Annual Reports; 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Annual Reports; 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Annual Reports; 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Annual Reports; 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Annual Reports; 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Annual Reports; 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Annual Reports; 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Annual Reports; 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Annual Reports; 1983Add to your cart.
Series 3: ScriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
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.
Folder 24: MutsmagAdd to your cart.
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.
Series 4: PublicityAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1980Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 12: News Releases; 1972-1989Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings, Magazines, Flyers; 1989Add to your cart.
Series 5: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence; ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence; 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence; 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence; 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence; 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence; 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence; 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence; 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence; 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence; 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence; 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence; 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence; 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence; 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence; 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence; 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence; 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence; 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence; 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence; 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence; 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence; 1990Add to your cart.
Series 6: Environmental TheaterAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Basic Information/ Contributors/ Show Times/ Slides InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Technical/ Projector InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Neil di Teresa's NotesAdd to your cart.
Series 7: Oversized Event PostersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: "A Summer Puppetry Caravan for Appalachia", nd, 1992Add to your cart.
2 posters; undated poster features painting by Neil Di Teresa