Guide to the Music Books and Hymnals Suppliers Papers, circa 1972

Summary Information

Title: Music Books and Hymnals Suppliers Papers, circa 1972
Collection: AC.585
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of seven hymnal catalogs and fliers from Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company and one price list from Vaughan Books and Teacher Supplies, both from Tennessee.

Creator: Hay, Frederick J., 1953-

Biographical/Historical Note

The Stamps-Baxter Music Company was an influential southern music publishing company in the shape note gospel field. Virgil Oliver Stamps founded the company in 1924 and J. R. Baxter Jr. joined him to form the Stamps-Baxter Music Company, which was based in Dallas, Texas, with offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Pangburn, Arkansas. Stamps got his start working for the James D. Vaughan Publishing Company from which he got many of his business ideas.

Stamps died in 1940, leaving the company to J. R. Baxter. After Baxter died in 1960, his widow, Clarice Howard Ma Baxter, ran the company until her death in 1972. In 1974, the company was sold to Zondervan, which became part of the Benson Company in 1986.

Scope and Contents

This collection offers several catalogs of different hymnals published by Stamps-Baxter, often listing samples of songs found in the hymnals. One is dated 1972, others have no dates. The price list of Vaughan Books and Teacher Supplies in Cleveland, Tennessee is dated 1972, and offers collector item books with no covers as well as hymnals dating back to 1936. It has been written upon, but the others have not.


Only two are dated so they are chronologically arranged.

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

The donor of this collection is Fred Hay, Boone, North Carolina in 1997. Accession number AC.2002.040

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 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.585: Music Books/Hymnals Suppliers Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, circa 1972 ACSC_Box 17, Folder 16