This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about music, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

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.

18.0 linear feet (22 boxes)

This collection consists of one 7"x10-1/2" flyer entitled "The Gift of God is Eternal Life" for Edward Stevens, Evangelist Singer, maybe circa 1900.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a copy of "You Can Tell 'Em Every Time", a song possibly authored by Ella White Kiger, circa 1942. It is a single-page, seven verse song.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Eric J. Olson Papers houses the personal and professional collegiate and musical files of Dr. Eric J. Olson, former Appalachian Collection Librarian at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. This collection is the majority of the files from his office pertaining to the Collection, his musical career, his extensive audiovisual collection, and other papers accrued during his career.

17.5 linear feet (5 record cartons, 3 large flat boxes, 3 medium flat boxes, 8 large shoeboxes, 2 small shoeboxes, 1 half-size manuscript, 3 manuscript, 1 medium square box, 2 oversize folders, 3 envelopes in Cold storage)

This collection includes musical instrument catalogs, price lists, and purchasing information from a variety of companies collected by Eric Olson, a former librarian at Appalachian State University. The materials date to the 1970s and 1980s.

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

This collection comes from Erik R. Blomstedt and contains most of his dulcimer catalogs, photographs, and other papers relating to dulcimer music from the 1970s through the 1990s.

3.0 linear feet (3 flat boxes)

The Ernest "Pop" Stoneman Collection consists of two notecards from Patsy Stoneman Murphy to ASU employee Norma Cook, who purchased a compact disc from Murphy for the ASU library holdings.  The Ernest "Pop" Stoneman Collection contains some information about how Stoneman learned to sing.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)