Guide to the Eric Olson Collection of Musical Instrument Catalogs, 1970-1991, undated

Summary Information

Title: Eric Olson Collection of Musical Instrument Catalogs, 1970-1991, undated
Collection: AC.489
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

This collection includes musical instrument catalogs, price lists, and purchasing information from a variety of companies collected by Eric Olson, a former librarian at Appalachian State University. The materials date to the 1970s and 1980s.

Creator: Olson, Eric, 1941-1999

Biographical/Historical Note

Eric Olson (January 27, 1941-January 14, 1999) was the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection's first professionally trained librarian. He began as the Appalachian Collection librarian in June 1978 and retired from that position in 1993. Olson was also well-known as a folk revivalist musician.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a variety of catalogues, price lists and general purchasing information on musical instruments, primarily from the 1970s and 1980s, originally collected by Eric Olson. Companies represented include Alvarez Fretted Instruments, Fender Musical Instruments, Gibson Guitars, Mandolin Bros, Martin Guitar, and Sterling Banjo Works, among several others.


The materials are arranged alphabetically by company name.

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

Donated by Eric Olson and accessioned as AC.2013.067.

Processing Information

Processed by Cynthia Harbeson, July 2014. 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.489: Eric Olson Collection of Musical Instrument Catalogs, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folder

Alvarez Fretted Instruments catalogue and price list, 1977 

1 1

Assorted price lists and papers, 1975, undated 

1 2

Elderly Instruments assorted price lists, 1980-1981 

1 3

Fender Musical Instruments catalogues and price lists, 1970-1974 

1 4

First Quality Banjo Supply price list and catalogue, 1985 

1 5

Fred's String Warehouse price list, undated 

1 6

Gibson Guitars assorted catalogues, 1970-1979, undated 

1 7

Gretsch Guitars assorted catalogues, 1974, undated 

1 8

Gruhn Guitars Inc. price lists and informational sheets, 1982-1991, undated 

1 9

Harry and Jeanie West price lists and appraisals, undated 

1 10

Instrument Finders price lists, 1979-1980 

1 11

International Luthiers Supply, Inc. catalog, undated 

1 12

Jim Dunlop Company information, undated 

1 13

Kentucky catalog, 1982 

1 14

Lark Street Music assorted stock and price lists, 1987, undated 

1 15

Leprechaun assorted information, 1989 

1 16

Liberty Banjo Company catalogue, 1979 

1 17

Mandolin Bros assorted catalogues, 1979-1991, undated 

1 18

Martin Guitar catalogs and price lists, 1970-1981, undated 

1 19

McPeake's Unique Instruments price lists, 1984-1990 

1 20

Music Man price lists and inventory, 1979 

1 21

Open Back Banjos price lists, 1986 

1 22

Rickenbacker Professional Guitars price list and catalogue, 1975 

1 23

Saga Musical Instruments price lists and catalogues, 1980, undated 

1 24

Stelling Banjo Works information, 1974-1979 

1 25

Wallo Materials and Parts catalog, 1980 

1 26