Appalachia Summer Project records, 1964-1965 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Appalachian Region - Social conditions
Community development - Kentucky - Hazard
Community development - Kentucky - Perry County
Hazard (Ky.) - Economic conditions
Hazard (Ky.) - Social conditions
Perry County (Ky.) - Economic conditions
Perry County (Ky.) - Social conditions
The Appalachia Summer Project records is a small collection documenting a student-led community development project in Perry County and Hazard, Kentucky during the summer of 1964. The project was conducted by Jerry Knoll, Roger Karsk, and Bob Swenson who were students in the design and community development programs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The faculty advisers were Henry Byrd Voges of the Community Development Institute and Professor Harold Grosowsky of the Department of Design.
The records primarily document the personal experiences and effects that the project had on the students. The "Notes and Sketches" notebook by Bob Swenson contains photographs, drawings, diary entries, and notes concerning his observations of Perry County and Hazard. The "People with Power, People in Poverty" volume by Jerry Knoll includes photographs, excerpts from newspapers and printed materials, sketches, and narration chronicling the project team's activities, the economic and social conditions of Perry County and Hazard, and the political opposition they experienced from local people of influence. The final document is a photocopy of the project team's final report of 1964 which includes a lenghty diary entry by Karen Swenson documenting her observations of Hazard poverty and social life, a copy of "The Permanent Poor: The Lesson of Eastern Kentucky" by Harry M. Caudill, and a chronology of events documenting the project team's activities, observations of the local power structure and opposition to the Mountain Political Committee, and local opposition toward the project team. The original final report is a part of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs records in Universty Archives. These records combine firsthand insight and outsider perspective on the social and political conditions and economic plight of Hazard and Perry County, Kentucky, in the summer of 1964.