Guide to the Hasil Adkins Papers and Music, 1955-1996

Summary Information

Title: Hasil Adkins Papers and Music, 1955-1996
Collection: AC.791
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 half-size box)

The Hasil Adkins Papers and Music collection contains printed interviews, photographs, discography, and recorded music of Hasil Adkins, the Wild Man from West Virginia, dated 1955-1996.

Creator: unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

Hasil Adkins (April 29, 1937-April 26, 2005) was an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was born in Boone County, West Virginia, the youngest of ten children. Nicknamed "The Haze," Adkins performed as a one-man band, playing guitar and drums at the same time. He passed away in 2005 in his West Virginia home.

Scope and Contents

Inside this collection are printed interviews and oral histories, photographs with negatives, the discography of Adkins, and recorded songs by Hasil Adkins and his happy guitar, from 1955-1994.


The collection is arranged by subject with the audiovisual items at the end of the 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

Provenance of this collection is unknown. It was accessioned as AC.2000.022.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, February 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.791: Hasil Adkins Papers and Music, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folder

"The Wild Man from Van: Hasil Adkins' Backwoods Boogie" article interview, January 1995 

1 1

Discography from Marc Minsker's Oral History Interview, 1996 

1 2

Marc Minsker's Interview and Discography of Hasil Adkins, March 1996 

1 3

"Indie File: The Carolinas' Music Monthly" Newsletter, August 1996 

1 4

Photographs with Negatives, black and white, of Hasil Adkins, undated 

1 5

Audiovisual, Originial Cassette, User and Archival CD Copies, "The Haze" by Hasil Adkins and His Happy Guitar, 1955-1994 

1 6