Accession Number: 18
The Appalachian Ballad and Folk Music Collection
.4 linear ft.
Series I - Handwritten/Typed
Series II - Published Songbooks
Series III - Pamphlet
Series IV - Magazine
Series V - Newspaper
Series VI - Correspondence
Series VII - Bibliographies
Series VIII - Miscellany
Access and Use:
Preferred Citation: The Appalachian Ballad and
Folk Music Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives,
Overview of the Collection
This collection consists of both handwritten / typewritten and
published texts and music notations dating mainly from the period
1900-1950. It includes ballads, shape-note and other hymns, rhymes,
spirituals, shanties, labor songs, and commercial country music
songs. Also included are related magazine articles, newspaper clippings,
bibliographies, excerpts from Berea College music faculty annual
reports, and correspondence between Berea College staff and music
College Related Archives:
1 Manuscript Box
||Handwritten / Typewritten Song Texts
These folders contain ballads, folk songs, hymns, and spirituals,
some with musical notations, arranged alphabetically by title.
||Box 1, continued
The book titles in this series of published songbooks are listed
alphabetically, as are the songs from each book.
This series consists of a 1909 pamphlet advertising books relating
to ballads and Scottish history, and a 1954 booklet that gives
brief biographical information and photographs for several American
country music performers.
This series comprises two folders of magazine articles dating
from 1907 to 1972 on such topics as ballads and ballad collecting,
rhymes, Bluegrass, and other types of music.
||Box 1, continued
This series includes clippings dating from 1911 to 1975, on such
topics as ballads, fiddlers’ contests, shaped-note singing,
This series includes correspondence between Berea College faculty
and music researchers, arranged chronologically, 1911 to 1927.
Several bibliographies of ballad and other folk music publications
are included in this series.
Miscellaneous items included in this series are brief printed
items relating to 1942 / 1954 Berea College Ballad performances,
Edith Fitzpatrick James - “The Kentucky Songbird,” -
James Watt Raine, and notes made by Elisabeth S. Peck.
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