Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships 2011-2012
The Fellowship program's purpose is to encourage scholarly use of Berea's
non-commercial audio collections that document Appalachian history and
culture, especially the areas of traditional music, religious expression,
spoken lore, and radio programs. Awards in support of such research range
from one to two months, with stipends of $3,000 per month.
The fellowships must be taken up between July 2011 and June 2012. All
Fellowship supported work must be finished by June 30, 2012. Fellows are
expected to be in residence during the term of the fellowship and are
encouraged to participate in campus and community activities.
Proposals are continuing to be accepted until December 15, 2011 for
projects that will be completed by June 30, 2012.
Berea's recordings collections are especially strong in the areas of
traditional music, religious expression, spoken lore and radio programs.
They include extensive documentation of fiddle and banjo tunes; ballads
and songs; Old Regular Baptist singing and preaching; folktales and
legends; and related interviews with musicians, preachers, and
storytellers, 1950 to the present. Radio material heard in the region for
the years 1936 to the mid 1950s, documents a wide range of Kentucky,
national, and world political figures and events. Entertainment programs
include country music, soap operas, musical variety shows and sporting
There is no application form. Applicants are asked to submit a proposal
1. Identifying and contact information, applicant's background and
interest in the particular subject area.
2. A summary of the proposed project.
3. Detailed description of the anticipated use of Berea collections.
Please discuss specific collection material and their relevance to the
4. Anticipated research outcomes (e.g., teaching, print publication,
5. The length of time needed for the project (one month minimum, two
months maximum), and preferred dates of residence. The duration of award
is requested by the candidate, but the final decision is made by the
6. Three letters of recommendation from colleagues familiar with the
applicant's work and who are qualified to judge the proposal. For
graduate degree candidates, the recommendations must include those of the
professor directing the applicant's research and the department chair.
Applicants are responsible for contacting all persons providing
For information about Berea's Sound Archives and other traditional music
For additional information about Berea's Appalachian Sound Archives
Proposals or inquires should be sent to
Special Collections & Archives
Berea College, Berea, KY 40404