The Council of the Southern Mountains Records
100 linear feet
Overview & Series
Series I - Administrative Records
Series II - Correspondence
ABB - DES | DIL - HAG | HAL - KDA | KEE - MYN | NED
- SMI | SMI - ZEI
Series III - Organizations
Commissions | CSEJs | Related Organizations | Affiliated
Organizations | Subject | Funding Agencies
Series IV - Mining Records
Series V - Bookstore Records
Series VI - Mountain Life & Work Production
Series VII - Newspaper Clippings
Series VIII - Publications
Series IX - Speeches and Writings
Series X - Maps
Series XI - Artwork & Folklore
Series XII - Photographs
Series XIII - Audio
Series XIV - Video
Series XV - Blueprints & Posters
Series XVI - Artifacts
Overview of the Collection
The Records of the Council of the Southern Mountains, 1970-1989,
were given to the Southern Appalachian Archives of Berea College
via a resolution of the Council’s Board of Commissioners
April 24, 1970, and later by deed of gift on June 11, 1990. The
accumulated 218 cubic feet were received in several installments
from 1984 to 1995. These records accounted for the nineteen years
of Council history from 1970 to 1989. Several boxes of pre-1970s
material were presorted out of this collection and will merge into
the Records of the Council of the Southern
Mountains,1913-1970, at a later date.
Arrangement and description of these records was accomplished
over two years' time by several student assistants and project
archivist, Laura Anne Heller. The collection was opened for research
in 2006. This collection was made possible by a National Historical
Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant.
There are no restrictions on use by researchers other than federal
copyright restrictions, and on the personnel files due to sensitive
personal information held therein.
of the Council of the Southern Mountains, 1970-1989, Exhibition:
Please view an exhibition website designed to complement the collection and
finding aid. It focuses on the 1970-1989 years of the Council of the Southern
Mountains. You will find a timeline, photographs, brief summaries of some key
activities in CSM history, and a list of resources.
268 Manuscript Boxes
This series consists of history, officer lists, annual conferences,
minutes, proposals, reports, financial records, budget papers,
and personnel records.
This series includes correspondence between CSM staff, members,
and others. It is arranged alphabetically by author of correspondence.
This series includes organizational papers for the commissions,
Citizens for Social and Economic Justice (CSEJ) groups, affiliated
organizations, related organizations, subject, and funding agencies.
Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by organization’s
This series includes documents pertaining to hearings and legal
matters of miners and their families with which CSM was involved
or researching. Papers pertaining to mine inspections, fatal accidents,
explosions, and discrimination cases are organized alphabetically
by coal companies.
This series includes records pertaining to the Council of the
Southern Mountains Bookstore, also called the Appalachian Book
and Record Shop. Papers pertaining to the CSM Mobile Bookstore
are also included. Subscription index cards, log books, and film
canisters are also included.
||Mountain Life & Work Production
This series consists of records pertaining to the production of Mountain
Life & Work, including meeting minutes, rough drafts
of articles, proposals, subscriptions, and advertising. Some
correspondence pertaining to ML&W may
be found in the Correspondence series instead.
This series consists of newspaper clippings arranged alphabetically
by subject. Many clippings were used as material for Mountain
Life & Work articles.
This series includes publications CSM staff kept in the office,
referenced, or provided to members. Arranged alphabetically by
This series includes speeches, articles, essays, poetry, and writings
from various individuals. Some writings were submissions for Mountain
Life & Work. Arranged alphabetically by author.
This series includes maps of the Appalachian region, including
maps of states, counties, hand-drawn maps, and directions to locations.
Arranged alphabetically by state.
This series consists of artwork found in the collection’s
files, including sketches, drawings, and children’s art.
Folklore includes musical scores, song lyrics, and a play program.
Arranged alphabetically by creator, in two sections: artwork and
This series includes photographs arranged alphabetically by subject
while maintaining most of the original descriptive order. Some
photographers are identified. Many photos were used in Mountain
Life & Work. Photographic subjects include: Bookstore, ML&W Staff,
CSM Staff and People, CSM Annual Conferences, Education, Folk,
Health, Military and Mining, Other Organizations, Rallies and Strikes,
Coal Companies, Scenery and Tourism, Unidentified People, Urban
Appalachians, Textiles, and Tennessee Valley Authority. Not all
people in photos are identified, so any help in this area is appreciated.
Not all photos have an identified photographer, but the photographer's
name is listed on the back of the photo when identified. Some negatives
exist for some photos in the collection. They are stored separately
from the photos.
This series includes meeting minutes, annual conferences, interviews,
and the Scotia Hearings on reels and cassettes. Reels have been
digitized onto CDs for listening purposes. Cassettes are arranged
chronologically, and listening copies are available in Boxes 262-264.
This series consists of two videos, one of which is a news broadcast
of strikers in Lexington. The other video is a "test" video.
This series consists of blueprints, land surveys, and posters.
Subjects include a Buffalo Creek Massacre poster, land surveys
of Buffalo Creek, land surveys for Citizens Coal Company, and various
mining maps and posters.
This series consists of artifacts such as a slides box, buttons,
camera lens, CSM address stamp, Citizens Coal Company stamp, address
book, guestbook, membership cards, and bumper stickers. Slides
originally found in slides box are stored with negatives.
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