Accession Number: 2
The Appalachian Volunteers Records
Linear Feet 58.4
Overview & Series Description
Series I - CSM-AV Planning Records
Series II - CSM-AV Planning Meetings
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
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
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
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.
146 Manuscript Boxes
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.
||CSM-AV Planning Meetings and Conferences
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.
||CSM-AV Programs - Activity Plans and
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,
||CSM-AV Correspondence and Memos- Perley
This series consists of CSM Executive Director's correspondence with federal
and state agencies regarding finances and dissension between CSM and AVs, 1964-1966.
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.
||AV Organizational Records Following Separation
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.
||AV Board, Staff and Regional Meetings,
This series consists of correspondence, agendas and minutes of meetings, 1966-1969.
This series consists of project staff reports (quarterly), special projects evaluations,
AV program report to Governor, and miscellaneous reports, 1965-1969.
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.
||Evaluation Reports on AV Program
This series consists of consultant's evaluations of AV program operation, and
related correspondence, 1965-1968.
This series consists of copies of contracts arranged by year; budgets, contract-related
correspondence, audits and progress reports, 1964-1968.
This series consists of grant proposals and related correspondence arranged by
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.
||CSM-AV General Correspondence Files,
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.
||CSM-AV Individual Staff Files
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.
||AV Bristol-Prestonsburg General Office
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.
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.
This series consists of general and personnel records for the VISTA Associates
of the Appalachian Volunteers, 1965-1967. Boxes 117 and 121 contain restricted
||Library For Community Action Styles (LCAS)
This series consists of correspondence relating to and training instruments created
for the Library for Community Action Styles, 1965.
||Intern Education Program
This series consists of descriptive material, correspondence, and reports relating
to specific intern programs, 1966-1968.
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.
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.
This series consists of photographs, negatives, proof sheets, color slides, audio-tapes,
and one sound film relating to a variety of AV activities.
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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