Guide to the Stanley Hicks Letters to Edward Baker, 1979, undated

Summary Information

Title: Stanley Hicks Letters to Edward Baker, 1979, undated
Collection: AC.450
Extent: 0.01 linear feetĀ (1 oversize folder)

The Stanley Hicks Letters to Edward Baker collection is three handwritten letters (with typed translation) from Hicks to Edward Baker. The collection also contains a newspaper clipping about Hicks' appearance at New River Community College during 'Appalachian Awareness Week' in May 1979.

Creator: Hicks, Stanley

Biographical/Historical Note

Stanley Hicks was born on October 20, 1911 on Beech Mountain in the North Carolina mountains. His parents, Roby Monroe and Buna Presnell Hicks, were well-known singers and musicians. Stanley learned how to make banjos from his father, and eventually gained international fame for his hand-made instruments, dancing, playing, and his endless supply of stories.

Not only did Stanley make instruments, he taught others the craft. One of his students, Charlie Glenn, built his first banjo and dulcimer with Stanley's help. Charlie continues to refine his style and carries on the tradition passed on by Stanley.

In 1980, the North Carolina Folklore Society present its highest honor, the Brown-Hudson Award, to Stanley Hicks. In 1983, Stanley was presented with the National Heritage Fellowship of the Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Stanley passed away in 1989.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains three letters from Stanley Hicks, dated 1979 and undated, to Edward Baker at New River Community College in Dublin, Virginia. One is addressed to Baker at a Pulaski, Virginia address. The letters and envelopes had been glued to posterboard and are laminated. Also included is a newspaper clipping about Stanley Hicks appearing at New River Community College, during 'Appalachian Awareness Week' in May 1979.


This collection is arranged in one oversized folder.

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

This donation came from Edward Baker in 2010 and was accessioned as AC.2010.004.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, August 2013. This collection was processed 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.450: Stanley Hicks Letters to Edward Baker, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.