The Moses Adams Manuscript is a homespun clothbound, handwritten book of ballads. The original owner was Moses Adams and the book was passed down in the Adams family until 1932. Appalachian State Teachers College professor and folk song collector W. Amos Abrams learned of the book from his student Sadie Johnson. The Moses Adams Manuscript contains some rare variant of American ballads. Abrams purchased the original manuscript in 1932 from Luther Adams, a descendant of Moses Adams. Abrams transcribed the handwritten ballads, leaving blanks, "______," for broken or missing lines. Ballads include "The Cumberland Traveller" or "Cumberlin' Land" and "Sweet Sally". Eric Olson's materials include a brief genealogy of the Adams family, a list of ballads and his notes on the Abrams transcription.