Guide to the Dr. Marvin Donley Hart Papers and Audiocassettes,

Summary Information

Title: Dr. Marvin Donley Hart Papers and Audiocassettes,
Collection: AC.826
Extent: 18.0 linear feet (22 boxes)

This collection contains audiocassettes of Dr. Marvin Donley (M.D.) Hart's weekly sermons from 1981-2000 along with either his music, visiting singing groups' music, or prerecorded music, recorded for his friends, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bowles of Martinsville, Virginia.

Creator: Hart, Marvin Donley

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Marvin Donley Hart was born in Ashe County, North Carolina in 1907. He was self-educated and earned degrees through correspondence school. Raised as a Primitive Baptist, he was a Southern Baptist minister for forty plus years in Ashe County, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. He served in the North Carolina General Assembly for Ashe County, as well as conducted a singing school and printed books about his family, his sermons, and Wilburn Waters.

Scope and Contents

Dr. Marvin Donley Hart Papers and Audiocassettes contain books, audiocassettes, and correspondence, with the cassettes being a combination of his sermons, special singers or groups attending his church, or prerecorded gospel music for his friends, the Bowles. Per the dates on the cassettes, he mailed each week's sermon/talk and gospel music to the Bowles, most with notes which are found with correspondings numbers in folders. Some books from Dr. Hart's collection are filed with the collection as they have personalized messages/notes. The Library has copies of each book as part of its collection. There are also several reel-to-reel recordings.


The cassettes are numbered by date in 14 boxes with the papers/envelopes that wrapped them originally filed chronologically in folders in boxes 1-3. The reel-to-reels and books are in separate boxes.

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

This collection was donated by Douglas Belcher, Martinsville, Virginia in 2003 and accessioned as AC.2003.045.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Virginia Johnson and Anita Elliott, February-March 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.826: Dr. Marvin Donley Hart Papers and Audiocassettes, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List


Cassettes, 81-A Untitled to 84-10 Vicky, August 30, 1981-July 22, 1984 


Cassettes, 84-11 The Primitives-86-10 The Primitives, August 12, 1984-June 8, 1986 


Cassettes, 86-11 MD Hart & Chester-87-19 Happy 3 Trio, June 15, 1986-August 23, 1987 


Cassettes, 87-20 Lewis Family to 88-21 Chuck Wagon, September 6, 1987-December 11, 1988 


Cassettes, 89-1 Grandpaw Jones to 89-34 Herb Thompson, January 1-November 12, 1989 


Cassettes, 89-35 Phipps Family to 90-31 Good Shepherd, November 19, 1989-November 11, 1990 


Cassettes, 90-32 Various Groups to 91-27 Country Gents, November 4, 1990-December 22, 1991 


Cassettes, 91-28 M.D. Hart & Chester to 93-9 Inspirations, December 15, 1991-May 9, 1993 


Cassettes, 93-10 Jimmy Davis to 94-8 Country Gentlemen, January 17, 1993-March 27, 1994 


Cassettes, 94-9 Carl Hart Singers to 95-11 Good Shepherd, April 3, 1994-June 11, 1995 


Cassettes, 95-12 Rev. Ballou to 97-3 Good Shepherd, June 18, 1995-February 9, 1997 


Cassettes, 97-4 Stanley Brothers and Others to 98-18 Good Shepherd, February 16, 1997-November 22, 1998 


Cassettes, 98-19 M.D. Hart Broadcast to 00-8 Rev. William Ballou, December 6, 1998-May 14, 2000 


Cassettes, Undated ones and Special Cassettes, September 17, 1989, undated 

  Box Folders

Papers Matching Tapes, 1981-1989 

1 1-9

Papers Matching Tapes, 1990-1997 

2 1-8

Papers Matching Tapes, 1998-2000 

3 1-3
  Box Folder

Assorted Papers, undated 

3 4

Church Programs, Information on Musicians, Missionary Information, 1975-1994, undated 

3 5

Hart Scholarship Fund Information, 1981-1994 

3 6

M.D. Hart Information, 1977-2004, undated 

3 7

Book, History of Ashe County Baptist Association North Carolina SBC, by Dr. M.D. Hart, Second Edition, 1949-1977, undated 


Book, History of the Stephen & Celia Hart Families, by Dr. M.D. Hart, undated 


Book, Mining Jewels from God's Back Pasture, by M.D. Hart, M.Div., (2 copies), 1978 


Book, Short Sermons by M.D. Hart and Family HIstory of Patterson and Celia E. Graham, Lansing, North Carolina, circa 1974 


Book, Short Sermons, History and Pastoral Ministry 38 years, M.D. Hart, circa 1975 


Book, Wilburn Waters History, 1812-1879, Rev. M.D. Hart, 1960 


Reel-to-reel, Original Carter Family, undated 


Reel-to-reel Tape, Christ Divinity, November 4, 1956 


Reel-to-reel, Singing by M.D. Hart and Others, Primitive Baptist Hymns, undated 


Reel-to-reel, Old, Old Songs, March 17 and 22, 1970 


Reel-to-reel, Phipps Family, Descendants of Carter Family, undated 

  Box Item

Archival CD Copies of Five (5) Reel-to-reel Tapes, 1956-1970, undated 

5-A 1-5

User CD Copies of Five (5) Reel-to-reel Tapes, 1956-1970, undated 

5-B 1-5

COLD STORAGE: Color Photographs associated with M.D. Hart, undated 

Envelope #1

COLD STORAGE: Picture Book, "In Loving Memory of Nora G. Hart 1907-1975, 1987 

Envelope #2