Guide to the Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman Collection, 1877 - 1971, undated

Summary Information

Title: Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman Collection, 1877 - 1971, undated
Collection: AC.164
Extent: 25 linear feet (9 boxes, 3 instrument cases)
Abstract:

The Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman Collection contains the Wisemans' personal papers, photographs, a scrapbook, sheet music, manuscript music, record albums, articles of clothing, and musical instruments.

Creator: Wiseman, Lulu Belle; Wiseman, Scotty

Biographical/Historical Note

Lulu Belle and Skyland Scotty were the stage names of the 1930s-1950s era husband-and-wife country music duet nicknamed the 'Sweethearts of Country Music'. Lulu Belle was born Myrtle Eleanor Cooper on December 24, 1913 in Boone, North Carolina. Scotty was born Scott Wiseman on November 8, 1909 near Asheville, North Carolina. He attended Duke University and Fairmont State College. They were teamed by the staff of Chicago's WLS National Barn Dance and were later married in 1934. Lulu Belle was voted Radio Queen of 1936 and they had their own daily TV show. They also starred in seven motion pictures between 1938 and 1945. They remained popular until their retirement from music in 1958. Some of their popular songs include 'Whippoorwill Time', 'Remember Me', 'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?', 'Empty Christmas Stocking', and 'Mountain Dew'. Scotty worked as a teacher upon musical retirement and died in 1981 in Gainesville, Florida. Lulu Belle served two terms in the North Carolina legislature as the first woman ever elected from her district. She died in 1999 in Avery County, North Carolina. In 2014, Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman were posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Scope and Contents

The Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman collection contains a variety of personal papers kept by the Wisemans, including travel accounts and a scrapbook. Scotty Wiseman's sheet music is in the collection as well, along with musical manuscripts, both typed and handwritten, of the Wiseman's original songs. There are photographs from their time on the WSB Barn Dance and movie sets. The collection also contains various musical instruments, record albums, and articles of clothing.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into the following series: I. Personal Papers, II. Photographs and Illustrations, III. Sheet Music, IV. Music Manuscripts and Lyrics, V. Artifacts.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. The accession number is MSW. The original arrangement of the collection was originally made by Deborah Bell in 1994. Kathryn Staley adapted this arrangement and processed the collection in 2002. This collection was opened to the public on 22 September 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell, Kathryn Staley, 22 September 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, Rachel Critzer, 2005; Reprocessed with additions added and finding aid revised by Misa Giroux, February 2014. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.164: Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman Collection, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Personal Papers, 1937-1971, undated 

Series Description

Series I: Personal Papers contains Lulu Belle and Scotty's personal writings and invitations. Includes a scrapbook, original arrangement. The scrapbook is extremely fragile. Includes magazine and newspaper clippings about the Wisemans and current events as well as birthday cards. Contains three souvenir albums about musical groups. Autographed The Stoneman Family book; autographed Souvenir Photo Album, Prairie Pals Album, Billboard Music Year Book, 1944.

  Box Folder

Account of Italy trip, 

1 1

Billboard Music Year Book, 1944. 400 pp., 

1 2

Breakfast Invitation from NC Governor, 

1 3

Colorado Travel Pamphlet, 

1 4

Journal of Country Music, 56 pp., 

1 5

List of song titles. 3 pp., some numbers missing, 

1 6

List, "Large room upstairs", 

1 7

Newspaper Photocopies, 

1 8

Prairie Pals Album. 44 pp., 

1 9
  Box

Scrapbook, 

5
  Box Folder

The Stoneman Family; Souvenir Photo Album. 16 pp., 

1 10
,

Series II: Photographs and Illustrations, undated 

Series Description

Series II: Photographs and Illustrations contains various photographs from circa 1940s and 1950s. Includes shots from movies. Includes an illustration by C.H. Moore, Jr. Oversized photos are located in Box Five, Folder 1.

  Box Folder

Illustration by C.H. Moore, Jr., 

1 11

Family Photos, 

1 12

Oversized Performance Photos, 

5 1

Performance Photos, 

1 13

Publicity Photos, 

1 14
,

Series III: Sheet Music, 1877-1971, undated 

Series Description

Series III: Sheet Music contains 216 published sheet music used by the Wisemans for their musical act, alphabetical arrangement. Includes minstrel and hillbilly songs as well as a few by Scott Wiseman. Many are labeled with the name Mary C. Wood. Oversized sheet music located in Box 4.

  Box Folder

"After the Ball", 

4 1

"After the Rain", 

1 15

"Alexander's Band Is Back in Dixieland", 

1 16

"Are You Tired of Me, Darling?", 

1 17

"Arrah Wanna", 

4 2

"At a Georgia Camp Meeting", 

4 3

"At the Old Barn Dance", 

1 18

"Aura Lee", 

1 19

"The Barn-Yard Rag", 

1 20

"Beautiful Texas", 

4 4

"Bell Brandon", 

1 21

"Billie", 

1 22

"Bird With a Broken Wing, The", 

4 5

"Blue Eyed Girl", 

1 23

"Blue Mountain Shack", 

1 24

"Bluebonnet", 

1 25

"Break the News to Mother", 

4 6

"Bringin' Home the Bacon" [published by M. M. Cole], 

1 26

"Bringin' Home the Bacon" [published by Hearst], 

1 27

"Brown Eyes -- Why Are You Blue?", 

1 28

"Bum Song, The", 

1 29

"By the Light of the Silvery Moon", 

1 30

"By the Waters of Minnetonka", 

1 31

"Canadian Capers", 

1 32

"Can't You Take It Back and Change It for a Boy?", 

1 33

"Carolina Sunshine", 

4 7

"Cattle Call, The", 

1 34

"Chestnut Tree, The ('Neath the Spreading Chestnut Tree)", 

1 35

"Chinese Lullaby", 

1 36

"Clover Blossoms", 

4 8

"Coat and Pants Do All the Work, The (But the Vest Gets All the Gravy)", 

1 37

"Columbus Stockade Blues", 

1 38

"Country Bumpkin" [letter from composer attached], 

1 39

"Dance Me on Your Knee, Darling", 

4 9

"Deck of Cards", 

1 40

"Don't Wait 'Till the Night Before Christmas", 

1 41

"Don't Worry 'Bout Me", 

1 42

"Down Among the Sheltering Palms", 

4 10

"Down at the Old Picnic Grounds", 

1 43

"Down by the Old Rustic Well", 

1 44

"Down Honolulu Way", 

4 11

"Down the Trail to Home Sweet Home", 

1 45

"Dumb Wife, The", 

1 46

"Dusty", 

1 47

"Eileen", 

1 48

"Everybody Kiss Your Partner", 

1 49

"Faded Photograph, A", 

1 50

"Fastest I Kin Git Thar's Too Slow, The", 

1 51

"For Me and My Gal", 

4 12

"Friendship", 

1 52

"Frolicky Rollicky Wind", 

1 53

"Frosty the Snowman", 

1 54

"Gathering Shells From the Seashore", 

1 55

"Girl I Loved in Sunny Tennessee, The", 

4 13

"Goodbye, Little Darlin', Goodbye", 

1 56

"Goofus", 

1 57

"Hang Out the Front Door Key", 

1 58

"Happy Little Country Girl", 

4 14

"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?", 

1 59

"Hello, Aloha! How Are You?", 

1 60

"Hi! Hawaii (We're on Our Way)", 

2 1

"(I'm A) Hill Billy Boy From the Mountains", 

2 2

"Home Comin' Time in Happy Valley", 

2 3

"Honey Bunny Boo", 

2 4

"How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life?", 

2 5

"How Many?", 

2 6

"I Ain't a-Gittin' No Place ('Cause I Ain't a-Goin' No Where)", 

2 7

"I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard", 

2 8

"I Gotta Ketch Up With My Settin'", 

2 9

"I Love to Whistle", 

2 10

"I Love You Best of All", 

4 15

"I Love You More and More", 

2 11

"I Never See Maggie Alone", 

2 12

"I Think I Hear a Woodpecker Knocking at My Family Tree", 

4 16

"I Told You I'd Never Forget You", 

2 13

"I Wanna Go Back to West Virginia", 

2 14

"I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)", 

2 15

"I Want to Be in Dixie", 

4 17

"I Wonder How I Look When I'm Asleep", 

2 16

"I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home", 

4 18

"If My Heart Belonged to Somebody Else (I Wouldn't Be Here With You)", 

2 17

"If No One Ever Marries Me", 

2 18

"If You Could Only Yodel (You'd Never Have to Cook)", 

2 19

"If You Hadn't Gone Away (I Wouldn't Be Where I Am)", 

2 20

"If You See a Still, Keep Still", 

2 21

"I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time", 

2 22

"I'm a Poor Unhappy Maid", 

4 19

"I'm Gonna Dance Wit de Guy Wot Brung Me", 

2 23

"I'm Jest a Pore Hillbilly Lookin' fer a Hill", 

2 24

"I'm Lonesome for You, Caroline", 

2 25

"I'm Only a Married Woman (Sweet Romance)", 

2 26

"I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes", 

2 27

"In the Baggage Coach Ahead", 

4 20

"In the Church Across the Way", 

2 28

"In the Land of Beginning Again", 

2 29

"In the Valley of the Moon", 

4 21

"Indiana", 

4 22

"Irish Jubilee", 

4 23

"I'se Gwine Back to Dixie", 

2 30

"It Ain't Nobody's Bizness What I Do", 

2 31

"It's a Fox Huntin' Night, Tonight", 

2 32

"It's a Long, Long Time (Since I've Been Home)", 

4 24

"It's Sun Up Now", 

2 33

"I've Got a Pain in My Sawdust", 

2 34

"Just as the Sun Went Down", 

4 25

"Last Mile Home, The", 

2 35

"Lay Me Down to Sleep in Carolina", 

2 36

"Legend of the Brown Mountain Light," 

2 37

"Let's Forget the Past and Be Sweethearts Again", 

4 26

"Little Black Me", 

2 38

"Little Home of Long Ago", 

2 39

"Little House Upon the Hill, The", 

4 27

"Little Red Caboose Broke Loose, The", 

2 40

"Lonesome Valley Sally", 

2 41

"Long Boy", 

4 28

"The Longest Way 'Round Is the Sweetest Way Home", 

4 29

"Lord! Have Mercy on a Married Man", 

4 30

"Love's Old Sweet Song", 

2 42

"Mah Lindy Lou", 

2 43

"Marchetta", 

2 44

"Margie", 

2 45

"Mid the Green Fields of Virginia", 

4 31

"Mocking Bird Rag", 

4 32

"Mother, May I Go out to Swim?", 

4 33

"Mountain Dew," 

2 46

"My Carolina Rose", 

2 47

"My Country, 'Tis of Thee", 

4 34

"My Galveston Gal", 

2 48

"My Little Covered-Wagon Pal", 

2 49

"My Sweetheart Went Down With the Maine", 

4 35

"Neapolitan Nights (Oh, Nights of Splendor)", 

2 50

"Near You", 

2 51

"'Neath the Carolina Pines", 

2 52

"Nobody's Sweetheart", 

2 53

"Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!", 

2 54

"Oh! Monah!", 

2 55

"Oh! You Circus Day", 

4 36

"Oh, You Silv'ry Bells", 

4 37

"Over the Garden Wall", 

4 38

"Paddy McGinty's Goat", 

2 56
  Box

Pages from book (title unknown). Various pages, 42 pp. total, 

3
  Box Folder

"Pick Me Up and Lay Me Down in Dear Old Dixieland", 

2 57

"Piney Ridge", 

4 39

"Possum", 

4 40

"Rain", 

2 58

"Rambling Rose", 

2 59

"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm", 

4 41

"Rhododendron Time in Carolina", 

2 60

"Rock Me to Sleep in an Old Rocking Chair", 

2 61

"Rose of No Man's Land, The", 

2 62

"Said I to Myself, Said I", 

4 42

"Sail Along, Silv'ry Moon", 

2 63

"Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay", 

4 43

"Sally's Not the Same Old Sally", 

2 64

"Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart", 

2 65

"Say, Young Feller, Where'd You Get That Girl?", 

4 44
  Box

"Send Me Back a Bow", 

3
  Box Folder

"Settin' the Woods on Fire", 

2 66
  Box

"She is the Sunshine of Virginia", 

45
  Box Folder

"Sheep and Goat", 

2 67

"Sheik of Araby, The", 

2 68

"Sheriff's Sale, The", 

4 46

"Ship That Never Returned, The", 

2 69

"Silver Moon", 

2 70

"Since Arrah Wanna Married Barney Carney", 

4 47

"Since Them Hillbillies Moved Down to the Holler" 

2 71

"Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed, A", 

2 72

"Sleepy Valley", 

2 73

"Sleigh Ride", 

2 74

"Snowflakes (When the Snowflakes Fall Again)", 

2 75

"Some Days You Can't Make a Nickel", 

2 76

"Someday You'll Call My Name", 

2 77

"Someone Like You", 

2 78

"Southern Moon", 

2 79

"Square Dance Tennessee", 

2 80

"Steamboat Bill", 

2 81

"Stingy", 

2 82

"Store Bought Teeth (and Taffy Candy)", 

2 83

"Story Book Ball, The", 

4 48

"Sunflower", 

2 84

"Sunshine and Pain", 

2 85

"Swaller-Tail Coat", 

2 86

"Sweet Georgia Brown", 

2 87

"Sweetest Little Girl in Tennessee, The", 

2 88

"Sweetie Pie", 

2 89

"Tell Her You Love Her", 

2 90

"That's How I Need You", 

4 49

"That's How You Get Served When You're Old", 

4 50

"There's a Gal on Lookout Mountain (Looking Out for Me)", 

2 91

"There's a Little White House (Where the Red, Red Roses Grow)", 

2 92

"There's No More Feudin' in the Mountains", 

2 93

"They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree", 

2 94

"Three O'clock in the Morning", 

2 95

"Three Trees, The", 

2 96

"Too Early", 

2 97

"Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye)", 

2 98

"Treasure Untold", 

2 99

"Tumbling Tumbleweeds", 

2 100

"Waiting at the Church; or, My Wife Won't Let Me", 

4 51

"Wanted, a Pal by the Name of Mary", 

3 1

"Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine)", 

3 2

"We've Been Sweethearts, Mary Dear, for Fifty Years", 

4 52

"When I Was the Dandy and You Were the Belle", 

3 3

"When I'd Yoo-Hoo in the Valley to My Lulu in the Hills", 

3 4

"When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Red Rose", 

4 53

"Where the Lanterns Glow", 

4 54

"Where the River Shannon Flows", 

3 5
  Box

"When the Snow Flakes Fall Again", 

3
  Box Folder

"Where the Sunset Turns the Ocean's Blue to Gold", 

3 6

"Will the Roses Bloom in Heaven?", 

4 55

"Will You Be the Same Old Sweetheart?", 

3 7

"Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula (Hawaiian Love Song)", 

3 8

"Yesterdays", 

3 9

"Yodel Lady", 

3 10

"You Tell 'Em," 

3 11

"You'll Always Be the Same Sweetheart", 

3 12

"Young Eph's Jubilee", 

4 56

"You're a Flower Blooming in the Wildwood", 

3 13

"You Call Everybody Darling", 

3 14

"You Can't Deny You're Irish", 

3 15

"You Can't See the Sun When You're Cryin'", 

3 16

"Ypsilanti (Yip-si-lan-ti)", 

4 57

Fragment, parts of three songs, 

3 17

LuluBelle's and Skyland Scotty's HomeFolk Songs Book, 

3 18

Scotty's 5 String Banjo Book, 

3 19

Unknown song, 

3 20
,

Series IV: Music Manuscripts and Lyrics, 1917-1935, undated 

Series Description

Series IV: Music Manuscripts and Lyrics contains 75 handwritten and typed songs used by the Wisemans for their musical act, alphabetical arrangement. Many songs without corresponding notes include chords. Some songs were typed on Lulu Belle and Scotty stationary.

  Box Folder

"Arkansaw." Music and lyrics, 

3 21

"Come Right In." Music and lyrics. On same music paper: "Spilly Villy-Vink," 2nd tenor saxophone part, 

3 22

"Down, Down, Down." Music and lyrics, 

3 23

"Down in a Diving Bell." Music and lyrics, 

3 24

"Down in the Old Home Town." Music and lyrics, 

3 25

"For the Good Old U. S. A." by Scott Wiseman. Music and lyrics, 

3 26

"In a Hoosier Grocery Store." Music and lyrics; letter attached, 

3 27

"Let's Play Post Office." Music and lyrics; separate lyric sheet, 

3 28

"Love Me Now." Music only, 

3 29

"Marcheta." Music only, 

3 30

"Martins and the Coys." Music and lyrics; separate lyric sheet, 

3 31

"Nora," by "Skyland Scotty." Music and lyrics, 

3 32

"Red River Valley." Lyrics only. Handwritten, 2 pp., 

3 33

"Sail Along, Silvery Moon." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 34

"Sally Get Your Hoecake Done." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 35

"Sample Kisses." Lyrics only, 

3 36

"Santa Fe Trail, The." Lyrics only, 

3 37

"Saturday Night and Supper on the Table," by Scott Wiseman. 2 copies, one lyrics only, one with music, 

3 38

"Saturday Night Waltz," by Scotty Wiseman. Music and lyrics. [Saving Up Coupons]. Untitled, lyrics only. Typescript with handwritten notes, 

3 39

"Scolding Wife, A." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 40

"Searching." Lyrics only, 

3 41

"Sentimental Journey." Lyrics only. Handwritten, 

3 42

"Sentimental Me." Lyrics only. Handwritten, 

3 43

"Settin' on a Rail." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 44

"She is the Sunshine of Virginia." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 45

"She Was Bred in Old Kentucky." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 46

"She's a Lady." Lyrics only. Typescript. "Shortenin' Bread." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 47

"Ship That Never Returned, The." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 48

"Shortenin' Bread." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 49

"Should We Meet No More." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 50

"Side by Side." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 51

"Silver Dagger, The." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 52

"Simple and Sweet." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 53

"Since They're Playing Hawaiian Tunes in Dixie." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 54

"Sipping Cider Through a Straw." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 55

"Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 56

"Sixteen Pounds." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 57

"Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 58

"Sleepy Hollow Home." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 59

"Sleepy Valley." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 60

"Slow Poke." Lyrics only. Handwritten, 

3 61

"Smoky Mountain Lullaby." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 62

"Smoky Mountain Train," by Scotty Wiseman. Music and lyrics, 

3 63

"So I Joined the Navy." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 64

"So You Have Come Back to Me." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 65

"Some Day You'll Call My Name." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 66

"Some Day You'll Want Me to Want You." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 68

"Some Sunday Morning." Lyrics only. Handwritten, pencil, 

3 69

"Some Sweet Day." Lyrics only. Handwritten, pencil, 

3 70

"Somebody Else Is Taking My Place." Lyrics only. Handwritten, pencil, 

3 71

"Somebody Loves You." Lyrics only. Handwritten, pencil, 

3 72

"Somebody Up There Likes Me." Manuscript music and lyrics, 

3 73

"Somebody's Tall and Handsome." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 74

"Sometime Remind Me to Tell You." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 75

"So's Your Old Lady." Lyrics only, parts indicated. Typewritten, 

3 76

"Springtime in Glory." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 77

"Standing in the Moonlight." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 78

"Stay a Little Longer." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 79

"Stolen Love." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 80

"String Along." Lyrics only. Edited typescript, 

3 81

"Sugar Time." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 82

"Sugar Tree Hill," by Scotty Wiseman. Manuscript music and lyrics. 2nd chorus (typescript) lyrics attached, 

3 83

"Sunday School." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 84

"Sundown." Lyrics only. Handwritten, ink, 

3 85

"Susan Jane." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 86

"Sweet Bunch of Daisies." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 87

"Sweet Ella Rhee." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 88

"Sweet Evalina." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 89

"Sweet Savannah." Lyrics only. Printed, with photograph, 

3 90

"Sweetest Mistake." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 91

"Swingin' in the Lane." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 92

"That Old Fashioned Church of My Dreams." Manuscript music and lyrics, 

3 93

"That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 94

"There's a Picture That Hangs in the Parlor." Manuscript music and lyrics, 

3 95

"This Train." Manuscript music and lyrics, 

3 96

"Thy Will Be Done." Manuscript music and lyrics, 

3 97

"Twenty Years Ago." Lyrics in clipping; printed, 

3 98

"Way Out West in Kansas." Lyrics only. Typescript, 

3 99

Untitled lyrics, undated 

3 100
,

Series V: Artifacts, undated 

Series Description

Series V: Artifacts contains musical instruments, articles of clothing, and record albums. Includes 3 picture discs. Includes framed NSA Hall of Fame Certificate and exhibit labels.

  Box

1952 D-18 Martin Guitar

10

Cowboy boots

9

"Down Memory Lane." Record album (2)

8

Exhibit labels (5)

7

Fiddle

7

Hat

9

Muslin pants

6

NSA Hall of Fame Certificate

7

Ode banjo with resonator

11

Open-back Gibson banjo, 

12

Picture discs (3)

8

Red dress with belt

6

Red shirt

6

"The Sweethearts of Country Music." Record album

7

White tulle skirt

6