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

The John B. Vaughan Collection includes biographical information about John B. Vaughan, a hymanal publisher. This collection provides additional contextual information about Vaughan and a photograph.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Johnny Rhymer Music and Papers gives a wide assortment of items and memorabilia collected in the life of a fiddler/singer from western North Carolina in the 1940s and 1950s, along with pieces of his and his wife's families' histories and everyday labor and struggles, from old photographs and song lyrics to World War II literature and photographs to Rhymer's musical career and samples of his actual music.

6.0 linear feet (8 boxes, 1 envelope in cold storage)

This collection consists of a one-page handwritten letter from a member of the Jones Family Gospel Singers from Middlesex, North Carolina to Mr. Bare of Vilas, North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Joseph R. Murphy Audiovisual Recordings and Papers primarily consist of the recordings and project files for the 1986 "Doc and Merle" documentary film project on Doc Watson and his son, Merle Watson. Recordings on other subjects, such as the Mount Paran Baptist Church in Deep Gap, North Carolina and the 1992 Campaign for Appalachian, are also included. User copies for the majority of the recordings are available.

28.0 linear feet (18 records boxes, 1 small flat box, 14 CD boxes, 2 manuscript boxes= 35 boxes)

This collection is a single program for an undated Grand Concert for Knights of Pythias, probably in Roanoke, Virginia. It has been folded many times and is very fragile.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Larry and June Bare Old-Time Music Collection is a set of 24 VHS tapes of old-time and bluegrass concerts and contests, mostly in Florida, but at other venues, including recorded TV shows.

2.0 linear feet (4 shoeboxes)

The Lord' Prayer is a single sheet of handwritten lyrics and musical arrangement. An unreadable name is in the upper right corner.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)