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 was created by Eva Hicks and contains recordings of her family featuring North Carolina mountain music, ballads, and storytelling. She is the daughter of Floyd Hicks.

0.5 linear feet (1 CD box)

These materials were the personal collection of Faye Greer Hodges of Watauga County, North Carolina. The selections of sheet music are representative of music popular during Faye's early years including novelty songs, broadway hits, and waltzes.

1.5 linear feet (1 oversize box)

The Frank Adams Interviews with Guy and Candie Carawan collection includes audiocassettes, floppy disks, and paper transcripts of 2001-2002 interviews of the Carawans by Frank Adams in Asheville, North Carolina. There is also an interview of Myles Horton by Guy Carawan.

1.0 linear feet (4 boxes)

George J. Trinkaus (1878-1960) was an American composer and violinist. Trinkaus was born April 13, 1878 in Bridgeport, Connecticut and is a cousin of composer John Philip Sousa. In 1914 Trinkaus, along with his good friend Victor Herbert, helped found the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He died May 19, 1960 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The George J. Trinkaus Collection consists predominately of music scores written or arranged by Trinkaus. In addition to Trinkaus’ works, it also contains several scores written by other composers such as Victor Herbert and John Philip Sousa.

4.0 linear feet (4 boxes, 5 oversize boxes)

German conductor Hans Schwieger was the first music director for the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held from 1948 to 1971. His papers contain photographs, scrapbooks, recordings, annotated scores, correspondence, concert programs and awards relating primarily to his career as a conductor.

34 linear feet (24 manuscript boxes, 2 half-sized manuscript boxs, 13 record cartons, 1 LP record box in cold storage, 1 audiocassette box, 1 CD box, 3 shoeboxes, 1 square box, 8 oversize boxes)

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.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-size box)

The School of Music at Appalachian State University was founded in 1988 out of the preexisting Department of Music, and was named for Mariam Cannon Hayes in 2001. The Hayes School of Music Records contain files pertaining to Cannon Music Camp, School of Music administrative files, audio and video recordings of performances and other departmental files dating 1958-2004.

18.61 linear feet (24 boxes, 2 half-sized manuscript boxes, 4 records cartons, 2 DVDs, 1 LP recording, 1 folder, 2 oversize boxes)