All Available Guides for our Artifact Collections
- Last Updated Jan 21, 2014
A guide to content, use, and access to the College's artifact holdings, exclusive of the Art Collections.
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- Last Updated Jul 21, 2014
Ten interesting Appalachian coverlets described by Student Curator Brittney Westbrook in 2006.
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- Last Updated Jul 24, 2014
The Appalachian Center's 1979 Dolly Parton pinball machine and its backstory—one Appalachian woman's wrestling with fame, her image, and her mountain identity.
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- Last Updated Jun 4, 2015
Eight selected firearms described by Student Curator Matt Heil in 2013
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- Last Updated Dec 6, 2013
18 Hillbilly Stereotype Artifacts Described by Student Curator Brittney Westbrook in 2006
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- Last Updated Sep 11, 2014
Artifacts and their stories, selected from the Appalachian Studies Teaching Collection to explore Appalachian material culture beyond its stereotypical inclusions.
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- Last Updated Apr 6, 2015
Fourteen dulcimers from the Appalachian Teaching Collection in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College, with information about their makers, based on the exhibit curated by Student Nathan Kouris in 2012.
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- Last Updated Aug 5, 2014
Twelve interesting Appalachian quilts documented by Student Curator Brittney Westbrook, 2005.
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- Last Updated Aug 8, 2014
Artifacts from the Edna Lynn Simms Sub-Collection of the Appalachian Collection at Berea College, collected by Simms near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 1915-1955. These were selected and described by Student Curator Brittney Westbrook in 2009.
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Artifact are rich primary sources for teaching and learning. Berea College keeps a variety of collections of art, cultural artifacts, and scientific specimens. My passion is helping to create and faclitate students' encounters with this material.
Artifact Collections at Berea
I am responsible for three collections of cultural artifacts at Berea College.
- Appalachian Studies Teaching Collection
About 4,000 cultural artifacts related to Appalachia, past and present. It includes historical domestic life, regional crafts, music instruments, tools and equipment, and objects that portray Appalachian identity.
- Berea College History Collection
About about 600 artifacts preserved from the College's history. It includes items from College crafts and industries, student life, and teaching.
- Wallace Nutting Furniture Collection
Berea owns 200 pieces of Wallace Nutting furniture. During his lifetime Mr. Nutting gave Berea College about 30 pieces. During the 1937 renovation of the College Library, Berea purchased 100 windsor chairs to furnished the reading rooms and offices. In 1944 when Muriel Nutting died, after a few small gifts to others, the Nuttings bequeathed the remainder of thier estate to Berea College. During the settling of this estate, about 70 additional pieces came to the College.
The primary purpose of these collections is to support the mission of Berea College. They are liberally available for study and research. Access is through the College Curator.
LJAC @ BC
These Artifact collections are held and managed by the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College. The collections support teaching, learning, and research in all disciplines, but especially in Appalachian Studies.