Guide to the Prater Brothers Just Plain Bluegrass Music and Papers, circa 1982

Summary Information

Title: Prater Brothers Just Plain Bluegrass Music and Papers, circa 1982
Collection: AC.761
Extent: 0.02 linear feet (1 folder, 1 envelope)

The Prater Brothers Just Plain Bluegrass Music and Papers began as an album with the picture of the group and a letter to Millers Unlimited in Gainesville, Florida tucked inside the cover. This record is for the letter, picture, and user and archival CD copies of the album.

Creator: Prater Brothers (Musical group).

Biographical/Historical Note

The Prater Brothers Bluegrass Group signed the black and white photograph as Dave Prater, Mike Prater, Cecil Barefield, and Troy Prater. Their address was listed as Akron, Ohio. The group continues to perform bluegrass and country music in the Ohio area. Their style might be described as standard bluegrass.

Scope and Contents

The original donation from the Prater Brothers included the album, an 8 x 10 black & white picture of the Prater Brothers, autographed by all four members, and a letter that was sent to Millers Unlimited dated August 27, 1982.


The original album is located in the Closed Stacks of Appalachian Collection, ML3545 .A317 Rec 1768, a public CD copy is available for checkout at the Appalachian Collection desk, and the picture and letter are filed separately.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. There is also a CD copy available for check-out.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance of this collection is unknown, although from the letter, it seems it was a donation of the Prater Brothers. The picture and letter were found inside the album cover. Accession number AC.2011.068

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, January 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.761: Prater Brothers, Akron, Ohio, "Just Plain Bluegrass" Music and Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Music and Papers, circa 1982 ACSC_Box 25, Folder 19-20