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Southern Empowerment Project Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0450

Scope and Contents

The Southern Empowerment Project Records contain minutes of Board meetings, correspondence, intern information, committee minutes, training materials, and subject materials. Subjects include community organization, racial equality, land reform, tax reform, water and resources protection, economic development, and political empowerment. The records show how a grassroots organization functions, deals with adversity, raises funds, and recruits individuals to work within that organization.


  • 1985-2000


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.


16.00 linear feet (16 boxes, includes 15 video tapes)

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The records consist of four series: Series 1, Office Files, 1985-2000; Series 2, Publications: Grassroots Organizations; Series 3, Books; Series 4, Video Tapes.

Method of Acquisition

The first donation of the records of the Southern Empowerment Project was received by the Archives of Appalachia on June 17, 1994. They were donated by June Rostan, Southern Empowerment Project Director.

Accruals and Additions

The second donation was received May 13, 1997. They were donated by June Rostan, Southern Empowerment Project Director.

Separated Materials

The following books were removed from the records and cataloged for Special Collections:

Couto, Richard A. Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round: The Pursuit of Racial Justice in the Rural South. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991.

Epstein, Robin. Citizen Power: Stories of America’s New Civic Spirit. Lexington, Kentucky: Democracy Resource Center, 1999.

Zuercher, Melanie E., ed. Making History: The First Ten Years of KFTC. Prestonsburg, Kentucky: Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, 1991.

Processing Information

Timothy Vasser completed processing and writing the finding aid for the Southern Empowerment Project Records in March 2006.

Timothy Vasser
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA