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Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships 2011-2012

Tuesday, May 3, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Timothy Lloyd
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The Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives 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.
The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2011, for July through December 2011, and December 1, 2011, for January through June 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 events.

There is no application form. Applicants are asked to submit a proposal that includes:

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 project.
4. Anticipated research outcomes (e.g., teaching, print publication, web-based resources).
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 Fellowship Committee.
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 recommendations.

For information about Berea's Sound Archives and other traditional music collections, see

For additional information about Berea's Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships, see

Proposals or inquires should be sent to

Harry Rice
Special Collections & Archives
Berea College, Berea, KY 40404

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