Berea College Sound Archives Taking Applications for Fellowships
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Berea College's Sound Archives Fellowships
for 2015-2016 will be directed toward encouraging scholarly use of audio recordings
collected in Eastern Kentucky largely by John and Alan Lomax under the auspices
of the Library of Congress (1933-1942). A large portion of these recordings are
being added to Hutchins Library's already extensive online traditional music
collections in cooperation with the American Folklife Center of the Library of
Congress and the Association for Cultural Equity.
Alan Lomax said that "for the first
time America could hear itself" as a result of his and his father's
efforts. For this benefit to endure he cautioned that "...folksongs should
not be buried in libraries as they are in Washington and in universities over
Work chosen for Fellowship support will
generally contribute to a greater understanding of the cultural traditions
documented and in particular, address the challenge of realizing Lomax's vision
of the recordings' meaning and accessibility in the present day.
Lomax Collection Overview
Collecting activity spanned the years 1933
to 1942 and involved four different trips that included twelve Kentucky
counties. Additional stops were made in the Northern Kentucky area to record
soldiers at Fort Thomas and Kentuckians living in Ohio performing at
Cincinnati's Ohio Valley Folk Festival.
Recordings in the Berea collection are
particularly strong in documenting the singing and storytelling of Clay and
Bell County labor union activists Aunt Molly Jackson, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Jim
Garland and Tillman Cadle. Also included are Harlan County fiddler / singer
"Blind" Jim Howard, singing and preaching in Bell County rural
churches, Kentuckians living and working in Ohio such as Laurel County banjoist
Pete Steele, and performers at the American Folk Song Festival in Boyd County
such as fiddler Jilson Setters (J.W. Day.)
Fellowship research grants are in the amount
of $4,000. Fellowships must be taken up between July 2015 and June 2016. All
Fellowship supported research must be finished by June 30, 2016.
Deadline for proposals: The deadline for
proposals is June 1, 2015.
How to Apply: 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. Project timeline - field work / residence
4. Description of the anticipated use of
Lomax Kentucky recordings and other Berea collections. Please discuss specific
collection material and their relevance to the project.
5. Anticipated research outcomes and
audiences (e.g., print publications, audio/video documentaries, exhibition,
public event / performance, teaching, web-based resources).
6. Three letters of recommendation from
colleagues familiar with the applicant's work and who are qualified to judge
the proposal. Applicants are responsible for contacting all persons providing
Proposals or inquiries should be sent to:
Special Collections & Archives
Berea, KY 40404