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Appalachian Fellowship

sian, west wales 03 Nov 10 - 07:27 PM
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Subject: Appalachian Fellowship
From: sian, west wales
Date: 03 Nov 10 - 07:27 PM

I received the following information and thought I'd pass it on via the 'Cat. Admittedly, we seem to be well into the time period but, as it just arrived in my in-box, I'm assuming they're still accepting applications:

Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships 2010-2011
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 projects are made for a period of
one to three months.

The fellowships must be taken up between July 2010 and June 2011. All Fellowship
supported work must be finished by June 30, 2011. Fellows are expected to be in
residence during the term of the fellowship and are encouraged to participate in
campus and community activities. Stipend: $3,000/month.
The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2010 for January through June 2011.

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.

Proposal Guidelines 2010-2011
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., print publications, audio / video
documentaries, tune transcriptions, lesson plans, public performances, web-based
5. The length of time needed for the project (one month minimum, three 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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Subject: RE: Appalachian Fellowship
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Nov 10 - 07:37 PM

One of the things we all bitched about at Berea back in the 60's was their lack of a more traditional community commitment. Maybe they listened because they are doing such a fine job now on many levels in different areas. THere are several other Appalaachian schools doing things similar and it has really opened up new avenues in the area for preserving the best parts of the mountain tradition.


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Subject: RE: Appalachian Fellowship
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 03 Nov 10 - 08:13 PM

A great project would be to set up a website that had all the sound archives available, with all possible details about the people who made them.

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Subject: RE: Appalachian Fellowship
From: maeve
Date: 03 Nov 10 - 08:14 PM

I would love to spend time at Berea.

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Subject: RE: Appalachian Fellowship
From: nickp
Date: 04 Nov 10 - 05:02 AM

Me too, Maeve

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