Guide to the Mountain Music Recording, undated

Summary Information

Title: Mountain Music Recording, undated
Collection: AC.762
Extent: 0.75 linear feet (1 medium box)

This collection includes the original reel-to-reel tape of six songs of traditional mountain music. The date and location of the recording are unknown.

Creator: various

Biographical/Historical Note

C.D. (Cratis) Williams (1911-1985) was a professor and administrator at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, and is considered the Father of Appalachian Studies. He partnered with Dr. W. Amos Abrams in documenting ballads in western North Carolina, and continued to collect and perform ballads until his death.

No biographical information is available for Myrtle C. Venable, Beulah Arvine, Gunney Smith, and Pat Frye, the other singers on the recording.

Scope and Contents

The Mountain Music Recording is one reel-to-reel recording that includes six songs performed by seven different artists. Songs on the reel include I Am A Man of Constant Sorrows by C.D. [Cratis Dearl] Williams, Sourwood Mountain by C.D. Williams, I Have Me A Sweetheart by Myrtle C. Venable, My Bashful Blue-Eyed Boy by Beulah Arvine and Gunney Smith, Suffolk Miracle/Richest Gun in Town by Pat Frye, and The Rebel Soldier by Pat Frye. A user copy of the recording is available for use.


There is no formal arrangement to this collection.

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 provenance of this collection is unknown. Accession AC.2011.057

Processing Information

This 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.762: Mountain Music by Seven Artists, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Recording, undated Box 1