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

Inez Wieczorek Scrapbook is one book with music notations. This scrapbook contains many newspaper articles, programs, and bulletins of mid-1920s Chattanooga area music recitals. It also contains some of Wieczorek's compositions and correspondence.

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

Isaac Garfield Greer, known as I.G. or "Ike", a Watauga County native who worked as an history and government professor for Appalachian State Teacher's College from 1910 to 1932, was one of the only early collectors of Watauga County folk songs and ballads. The bulk of this collection consists of Greer's written and recorded ballad collection from Watauga County, North Carolina. View portions of this collection online.

5 linear feet (5 manuscript boxes, 2 flat reel boxes, 2 CD boxes, 3 oversize folders, 2 album boxes)

The Jack Guy Papers contains audio, photographic, and three-dimensional materials (toys) generated by folk artist and musician Jack Guy of Avery County, North Carolina. The audio recordings contain interviews and music of various Watauga County residents, including Gaither Carlton, Mack Presnell, Tab Ward, Arnold Watson, Willard Watson. The black and white photographs feature Guy's folk toys.

4 linear feet (5 boxes)

The Jack Reedy and James Wise Posters collection contains two oversize posters circa 1928, along with scanned image prints and a CD and an archival CD with three images.

0.02 linear feet (1 oversize folder, 1 small folder)

This collection contains recordings of James Collett singing folksongs in Middle Fork, Kentucky. The recordings were made by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax of the Archive of American Folk Song, now American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, in 1937. There is an audiocassette copy of the five discs available for use, though sound quality is poor.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

James R. York (1907-circa. 1980s) and his wife Lessie York were singers of traditional songs which they learned from family members in Iredell and Davie Counties. The James York Family Folksong Collection contains both handwritten and typed folksongs.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Jan Davidson Manuscript contains Davidson's typescript of "All Along from Rodo to Hanging Dog", a musical oral history documentary. This screenplay was written by Jan Davidson and Robert F. Landau and was part of an National Endowment for the Arts application. Within "All Along from Rodo to Hanging Dog", Davidson details the history of his home town, Murphy, North Carolina and the surrounding Smokey mountains.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)