BEREA COLLEGE, KENTUCKY
The purpose of the Berea College Sound Archives Fellowship Program (formerly Music Archives Fellowship) is to encourage scholarly use of Berea's non-commercial audio collections that document Appalachian history and culture.
These recordings are especially strong in the areas of traditional music, religious expression, spoken lore and radio programs. They include extensive documentation of fiddle and banjo tunes; ballads and songs; Old Regular Baptist singing and preaching; folktales and legends; and related interviews with musicians, preachers, and storytellers, 1950 to the present. Radio material heard in the region for the years 1936 to the mid 1950s, documents a wide range of Kentucky, national, and world political figures and events. Entertainment programs include country music, soap operas, musical variety shows and sporting events.
Fellowship awards are made for a period of one to three months in support of research projects that will contribute to the preservation or promotion of these resources.
The fellowships must be taken up between July 2009 and June 2010. Fellows are expected to be in residence during the term of the fellowship and are encouraged to participate in campus and community activities. Stipend: $3000/month.
Deadline for proposals: June 1, 2009 for July through December 2009. December 1 for January through June 2010.
There is no application form. Applicants are asked to submit a proposal that addresses (1) their interest in the particular subject area, (2) description of the project specifying which Berea collections will be made use of, (3) anticipated research outcomes (e.g., print publications, audio / video documentaries, tune transcriptions, lesson plans, public performances, web based resources), (4) the length of time needed for the project (one month minimum, three months maximum), and (5) preferred dates of residence. Also required are three letters of recommendation from colleagues familiar with the applicant's work. For graduate degree candidates, the recommendations must include those of the professor directing the applicant's research. Applicants are responsible for contacting all persons providing recommendations.
For information about Berea's Sound Archives and other traditional music collections, see www.berea.edu/hutchinslibrary/specialcollections/specialsound.asp