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Guide to the Southern Music and Radio Photographic Collection

Accession Number: 82
Southern Music and Radio Photographic Collection
Bulk, 1930s-1970s
1.2 linear ft
3 manuscript boxes
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Series Description
Series I - Musicians and Performers
Series II - Radio and Stage Shows
Series III - Miscellaneous

Access and Use

Provenance: Most items in this collection originally accompanied the Sound Archives recordings when Hutchins Library received them from the Berea College Appalachian Center. They have accumulated over a long period of time and come from a wide variety of sources, many of which are now unknown.

Preferred Citation: Southern Music and Radio Photographic Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.

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These photographs relate primarily to performers of early commercial country music, non-commercial Appalachian music, and stations in the region that featured them. Most of the photos are publicity photos, some autographed. Performer names and radio stations are earchable via an in-house database.

Notable subjects include: Roy Acuff, the Briar Hoppers, Lester Flatt, Red Foley, Doc Hopkins, Homer Ledford, Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton (as a teenager), Jean Ritchie, Tex Ritter, and the Swanee River Boys. Radio station publicity shots include WHAS in Louisville, WIBC of Indianapolis, WKIC of Hazard, and WWVA of Wheeling. One anomaly is a 1903 photo of the wreck of Engine 97; another shows several Kentucky governors together. A few folders include copies of songs associated with the performer.

Box List
1 Manuscript Box

Series I Musicians and Performers Boxes 1 & 2

These photos are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the singers or the stage name of the group.

Box 1

  1. Acuff, Roy
  2. Allen, Rex
  3. Atcher, Randy-WHAS
  4. Arnold, Eddy
  5. Bailey Brothers, Dan & Charlie
  6. Ballard Chefs Jug Band
  7. Red Belcher
  8. Blue Sky Boys
  9. Blue Grass Roy
  10. Buttram, Pat
  11. Dock Boggs
  12. Brasfield, Rod/Uncle Syp and Aunt Sap
  13. Briar Hoppers
  14. Bryson, Wally
  15. Burris, Neal
  16. Callahan Brothers/Daisy Lange/Violet Koehler
  17. Carlisle Brothers
  18. Carson, James and Martha (James Roberts/Irene Amburgy)
  19. Cassell, Pete
  20. Childre, Lew
  21. Clements, Zeke
  22. Cochran, Hank
  23. Cottrel, Jenes
  24. Country Cousin Chickie
  25. Cousin Emmy
  26. Cumberland Ridge Runners
  27. Curtis, Ken
  28. Dexter, Al
  29. Dezurik Sisters (Cackler Sisters)
  30. Dixon Brothers
  31. Eversole Brothers
  32. Faile, Tommy
  33. Fisher, Shug
  34. Flatt, Lester
  35. Fluharty, Russell
  36. Foley, Red
  37. Franklin Brothers
  38. Gaines, Roland and Garner “Pop” Eckler
  39. Georgia Crackers
  40. Gross, Cliff & the Texas Cowboys
  41. Hartman, Dick/Rodik Twins
  42. Hawkins, Haukshaw
  43. Holcomb, Roscoe
  44. Homer and Jethro
  45. Holt, David
  46. Hoosier Hot Shots
  47. Hopkins, Doc
  48. Jones, Casey
  49. Jones, Casey
  50. Jones, Grandpa
  51. Jones, Ramona
  52. King, Pee Wee
  53. Lazy Jim Day
  54. Ledford, Homer
  55. Long, Hoy
  56. Lulu Bell and Red Foley
  57. Lulu Bell and Scotty
  58. Lum and Abner
  59. Mac and Bob

Box 2

  1. Mainer, J.E.
  2. Martin, Asa
  3. McReynolds, Jim and Jesse
  4. Meeker, Ken
  5. Miscellaneous Performers-Groups
  6. Monroe, Bill
  7. Moore, Lee and Juanita
  8. Morris Brothers
  9. O’Malley, D.J.
  10. Parton, Dolly
  11. Perkins, Judy
  12. Phipps/Carter Family
  13. Price, Ray
  14. Reel World String Band
  15. Red and Fred (Red Rector/Fred Smith)
  16. Jean Ritchie
  17. Ritter, Tex
  18. Roberts, Kenny
  19. Robison, Carson
  20. Rogers, Roy
  21. Rogers, Silas
  22. Sally and the Coon-Hunter
  23. Salt and Peanuts
  24. Salyer, John Morton
  25. Shepherd, Dewey
  26. Sizemore, Asher and Jimmy WHAS
  27. Sizemore, Gordon
  28. Skinner, Jimmy
  29. Sky, Bill and Family
  30. Smith, Cal and Blaine
  31. Smokey Mountaineers
  32. Stamper, Hiram
  33. Storer, Lester (Natchee the Indian)
  34. Stovall, Babe
  35. Sunshine Boys Quartet
  36. Swanee River Boys
  37. Taylor, Ballard “Pappy”
  38. Texas Daisy Rhodes
  39. Thomas, Jean
  40. Travis, Merle
  41. Uncle Henry’s Original Kentucky Mountaineers-WHAS
  42. Wagers, Dora May
  43. Wakely, Jimmy
  44. Warren, Henry (Uncle Henry)
  45. Williams, Chickie (WWVA)
  46. Whites
  47. Wine, Melvin
  48. Workman, Sunshine Sue- WHAS
  49. Workman, Nimrod
  50. Unidentified
Series II Radio Shows and Studio Personnel Box 3

Announcers, technicians, and audiences appear in these photos, as well as the casts of featured shows.

Box 3

  1. Blake, Randy-WHAS
  2. Cotton Queen Cast WLW [1935]
  3. Harris, Credo-WHAS
  4. Listening Centers-WHAS/UK
  5. Morning Jamboree WHAS (and Play Party)
  6. Oertels' Here's to You (variety music program) - WHAS
  7. WHAS- Misc. Artists/Programs
  8. WHAS- Technical
  9. WIBC Radio Barn Dance Performers
  10. WKIC Radio
  11. WLW- Boone County Jamboree
  12. WWVA-Jamboree
Series III Miscellaneous Box 3, cont.

Miscellaneous subjects.

Box 3

  1. Flood, 1937-WHAS
  2. Kentucky Governors: Bert T. Combs, A.B Chandler, Edward Breathitt, and Louie B. Nunn.
  3. Lewis County (KY) Fiddlers
  4. Renfro Valley Fiddlers Festival, 1994
  5. Wreck of the Old 97 (Danville, VA-9-27-03)

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