Accession Number: 16
Appalachian Presbyterians Survey Records
5.4 linear ft.
Series I - Reports
Series II - Coding
Series III - IBM Cards
Series IV - Interview
Series V - Miscellaneous
Access and Use
Provenance: The Appalachian Presbyterians Survey
Records were acquired from Hart M. Nelsen by Berea College in 1974.
They were opened for research in 1980.
Overview of the Collection
Copyright Restrictions: Reproduction and/or analysis of the
computer data cards produced by Nelsen can be done only with his permission.
There are no other restrictions than those required by federal copyright
Preferred Citation: Appalachian Presbyterians Survey Records, Berea College
Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.
This collection includes the raw data in extensive written questionnaires
that were completed by Presbyterians in five southern Appalachian
states in the summer of 1967. It also includes details of the design
and analysis of the study, and a number of articles analyzing the
results. Hart M. Nelsen of Western Kentucky University’s
Department of Sociology designed and conducted the survey on behalf
of two denominations.
Related College Archives:
The Appalachian Presbyterians Survey was commissioned by the
United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and
the Presbyterian Church in the United States. It was conducted
by Hart M. Nelsen of Western Kentucky University's Department of
Sociology. The survey schedules ask for demographic information,
then explore attitudes towards childrearing, education, racial
equality, churches, theological beliefs, and the community.
The survey sample consisted of eighteen separate congregations
in five Appalachian states: Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee,
Virginia, and West Virginia. The data collected in North Carolina,
however, is not included in these records.In addition to members
of the congregations, the survey included ministers, clerks of
session, Sunday School superintendents and Sunday School teachers.
The survey process took place over 11 months and consisted of
- Preparation of a comprehensive bibliography (Apr 1967) and
a 343 page review of literature (May 1967).
- Consultation with key church leaders to analyze the review
of literature (May 1967).
- Preparation of the research design (Jun 1967).
- Field interviewing (Jul-Aug 1967).
- Coding and analyzing the completed interview data (Feb 1968).
13 Manuscript Boxes
This series consists of several preliminary and interim reports
published by Hart M. Nelsen, prior to the survey’s completion.
This series consists of instructions to survey workers for completing
individual participant schedules.
This series consists of two sets of IBM punch cards; one set
carries a usage restriction.
This series consists of completed interview schedules for ministers,
parishioners, clerks, church superintendents, and church-school
teachers. They are organized by roll, state, and community.
Two journal reprints of articles by Nelsen explaining sampling
and statistical analysis methods used in the survey.
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