Hutchins Library
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Guide to the Appalachian Volunteers Records
 

Accession Number: 2
The Appalachian Volunteers Records
Papers: 1963-1971
Linear Feet 58.4
Online Catalog Record (BANC)


Overview & Series Description
History
Series I - CSM-AV Planning Records
Series II - CSM-AV Planning Meetings and Conferences
Series III - CSM-AV Programs - Activity Plans and Reports
Series IV - CSM-AV Correspondence and Memos- Perley F. Ayer
Series V - CSM-AV Dissension
Series VI - AV Organizational Records Following Separation From CSM
Series VII - AV Board, Staff and Regional Meetings, Staff Lists
Series VIII - AV Activity Reports
Series IX - AV Internal Dissension
Series X - Evaluation Reports on AV Program
Series XI - CSM-AV Government Contracts
Series XII - AV- Project Proposals for Grant Funding
Series XIII - CSM-AV Foundation Contracts
Series XIV - CSM-AV General and Correspondence Files
Series XV - CSM-AV Individual Staff Files
Series XVI - AV Bristol- Prestonburg General Office Files
Series XVII - AV Projects
        Boxes 70-87 | Boxes 88-102 | Boxes 103-114
Series XVIII - AV- Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)
Series XIX - AV- Library for Community Action Styles (LCAS)
Series XX - AV- Outpost-Intern Education Program
Series XXI - AV- Publications
Series XXII - AV- Publicity
Series XXIII - AV Audio-Visual Materials
Part II

Overview of the Collection

The Appalachian Volunteers (AVs) were one of the most visible and, initially, successful of the War on Poverty projects of the 1960s. At its peak in the summers of 1966 and 1967, the organization was receiving large amounts of federal funding and had over 500 volunteer workers in the field. Its prominent involvement in social and political reform, the geographic area it served and the factors contributing to its demise make the records of the Appalachian Volunteers a rich source for the study of the reform impulses of the 1960s.

Berea College's Southern Appalachian Archives acquired the AVs organizational records in 1969 from AVs Director, David Walls. Included were correspondence, government contracts, personnel records, project reports, newspaper clippings, photographs, slides, film, and sound recordings. Because of haphazard storage during the period of their accumulation the records were received out of original office order. They were restored to approximate original order with the help of Mrs.Verdelle Vaughn, a former secretary with the Council of the Southern Mountains (CSM), the AVs parent organization.

There are no restrictions on use by researchers except for personnel records and any material protected by federal copyright law.

Series Description
146 Manuscript Boxes

Series I CSM-AV Planning Records Box 1

This series consists of correspondence relating to AVs formation and initial student recruitment efforts, drafts of by-laws, plans for composition and tentative activities, statement of purpose, minutes of founding conference, staff contracts and personnel information on several of the original staff members, 1963-1964.

Series II CSM-AV Planning Meetings and Conferences Box 2

This series consists of correspondence and minutes of organizational meetings, college presidents meeting, the Special Advisory Committee, Board of Directors, regional and semi-annual general conferences, 1964-1966.

Series III CSM-AV Programs - Activity Plans and Reports Box 3

This series consists of AV program progress reports, community development annual report, correspondence concerning Area Redevelopment Administration and Office of Economic Opportunity grants, AV profile and history, and AV summary report, 1964-1965.

Series IV CSM-AV Correspondence and Memos- Perley F. Ayer Box 4

This series consists of CSM Executive Director's correspondence with federal and state agencies regarding finances and dissension between CSM and AVs, 1964-1966.

Series V CSM-AV Dissension Box 5

This series consists of correspondence and newspaper articles relating to the dissension between CSM and AV staff and the eventual formation of a separate AV organization, 1966.

Series VI AV Organizational Records Following Separation From CSM Box 6

This series consists of AV articles of incorporation, revised by-laws, organizational profile, purpose and membership, Internal Revenue Service exemption application and two financial audit reports, 1964-1968.

Series VII AV Board, Staff and Regional Meetings, Staff Lists Box 7

This series consists of correspondence, agendas and minutes of meetings, 1966-1969.

Series VIII AV Activity Reports Boxes 8-9

This series consists of project staff reports (quarterly), special projects evaluations, AV program report to Governor, and miscellaneous reports, 1965-1969.

Series IX AV Internal Dissension Boxes 10-11

This series consists of material relating to AV staffer, Joseph Mulloy's, 1967 Kentucky sedition charge, information concerning the AV lawsuit against the OEO for its withdrawal of grant funding, newspaper clippings from local and national papers regarding the sedition case, and evaluative reports made on the AVs at this time, 1967-1969.

Series X Evaluation Reports on AV Program Boxes 12-13

This series consists of consultant's evaluations of AV program operation, and related correspondence, 1965-1968.

Series XI Government Contracts Boxes 14-15

This series consists of copies of contracts arranged by year; budgets, contract-related correspondence, audits and progress reports, 1964-1968.

Series XII AV Project Grant Proposals Boxes 16-17

This series consists of grant proposals and related correspondence arranged by year, 1965-1970.

Series XIII Foundation Contacts Boxes 18-19

This series consists of foundations list, non-federal contributions file, foundations contacted which did not respond or rejected requests, foundation funding related correspondence arranged alphabetically by foundation name, 1964-1970.

Series XIV CSM-AV General Correspondence Files, 1962-1967 Boxes 20-32

This series consists of general correspondence, arranged alphabetically by folder title and chronologically within the folder. Because the original order had been lost at some point, this material has been rearranged as closely as possible to the order found in the file key.

Series XV CSM-AV Individual Staff Files Boxes 33-39

This series consistsof subject and correspondence files of AV staff members: Daniel Fox, Field Director; Fred Strache, Director of Public Relations; James Clay, Assistant to the Director and James Blair, Area Coordinator.The files are arranged alphabetically within each office grouping and chronologically within each folder, 1964-1966.

Series XVI AV Bristol-Prestonsburg General Office Files Boxes 40-69

This series consists of material generated during the period approximately, 1966-, 1971.They are arranged as received, alphabetically by subject and chronologically within folders. Included at the end of the series are master correspondence and memoranda files. During these years, the AVs separated from the Council of the Southern Mountains, incorporating as the Appalachian Volunteers, Inc.Offices were move to Bristol, Tennessee, in the fall of, 1966.In the fall of, 1968 offices were moved to Prestonsburg, Kentucky as the result of federal funding cut-backs.

Series XVII AV Projects Boxes 70-114

This series consists of AV project files relating to Books for Appalachia, Summer Volunteer project and Children's Caravan.They are arranged according to project year. The first group, "Initial Projects" contains information regarding participating colleges and schools, contacts, work reports and correspondence. Boxes 81-98 and 108-114 contain restricted personnel files.

Series XVIII VISTA Boxes 115-122

This series consists of general and personnel records for the VISTA Associates of the Appalachian Volunteers, 1965-1967. Boxes 117 and 121 contain restricted personnel files.

Series XIX Library For Community Action Styles (LCAS) Boxes 123-125

This series consists of correspondence relating to and training instruments created for the Library for Community Action Styles, 1965.

Series XX Intern Education Program Boxes 126-128

This series consists of descriptive material, correspondence, and reports relating to specific intern programs, 1966-1968.

Series XXI AV Publications Boxes 129-130

This series consists of material relating to Appalachian LOOKOUT, the magazine of the Appalachian Volunteers; the AVs' newsletter, ACTION and a variety of community publication which AVs supported or assisted with, 1965-1970.

Series XXII AV Publicity Boxes 131-134

The majority of this series consists of miscellaneous clippings, arranged chronologically. There are also several clipping folders on specific topics. Three notebooks of clippings arranged chronologically have been maintained intact instead of interfiling with the loose clippings. Also included are magazine articles, miscellaneous correspondence, and two handbooks on the legal rights of the poor.

Series XXIII AV Audio-Visual Materials Boxes 135-141

This series consists of photographs, negatives, proof sheets, color slides, audio-tapes, and one sound film relating to a variety of AV activities.

Appalachian Volunteers Records Part II Boxes 1-5

The material in Part II was conveyed to Berea some time after processing of the main part of the collection was completed. Included are organizational records, correspondence, project reports, field staff activity reports, court case documents, newspaper clippings and other print articles for the time period, 1965-1971.

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