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Guide to the Disputanta Oral History Project
Accession Number: 30
Disputanta Oral History Project, 1978
2 linear feet
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Series I - “Clear Creek Comments,” by Cleatus Tussey
Series II - Disputanta Project: “Disputanta”--A Front Porch Chronicle
Series III - Interviews
Series IV - Listening Copies

Access and Use

Preferred Citation: Disputanta Oral History Project, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.

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Overview of the Collection

These are audio recordings and interview transcripts documenting the history of the Disputanta community in northern Rockcastle County, Kentucky. The interviews were conducted by Berea College student, Terry Allebaugh, with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities Youthgrant program. Also included in the collection are a series of remembrances of the Clear Creek Community by Cleatus Tussey that appeared in the Mount Vernon Signal, Spring 1952-Fall 1953.


Disputanta, located about ten miles from Berea, is commonly known as Clear Creek by its current residents. In the early 1900s the community was known as Reedville. The name Disputanta, according to one story, was the result of a disagreement concerning the location of the local post office.

A notable outcome of the project was the book, Disputanta, A Front Porch Chronicle, in which Allebaugh weaves interview excerpts into a social history that covers such topics as tobacco farming, the Depression, schools, churches, doctoring, Berea College, and moonshining.

Series Description and Box Lists

1 Manuscript Box, 1 Tape Box, 2 CD Boxes

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