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 Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman Collection contains the Wisemans' personal papers, photographs, a scrapbook, sheet music, manuscript music, record albums, articles of clothing, and musical instruments.

25 linear feet (9 boxes, 3 instrument cases)

The Margaret Ray Folger Folk Ballads Collection is a collection of original and copied ballads, songs, and poetry (circa 1900) of southern Appalachia, along with correspondence with and 1976 presentation notes, audiovisual recordings, and slides of Dr. Doc Abrams.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Men's Glee Club was founded in 1962, by Robert Clinton Parker, then an undergraduate at ASTC. The Men's Glee Club Records is comprised of a single cassette tape from 1993 with 19 recordings from various appearances of the Men's Glee Club during the period 1980 to 1993. The cassette tape includes a label listing all songs, with dates, locations, soloists, and accompanists.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Mike Craver Interview consists of one compact disc recording of an interview between Matthew Weaver and Mike Craver, an original member of the Red Clay Ramblers.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of the transcription of the spoken part of a Live Concert of Dock Boggs at Appalachian State University on November 17, 1977. The originial recording is not a part of this collection.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Moses Adams Papers include the Moses Adams Manuscript, its transcription by W. Amos Abrams, and papers generated by Eric Olson related to the manuscript. This manuscript is one of the oldest collections of ballads from northwestern North Carolina. The Adams family, which resided in Wilkes County, North Carolina, sang ballads for many generations.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

The Mountain Home Music, Inc. Collection consists of recorded music and radio shows of the Old Time Music in the Mountains and Mountain Home Music era, 1994-1995. There are several formats of originals: VHS, DAT, ADAT, DV, Betacam tapes, reel-to-reel, digital betacams, and UMatics. Many of the shows/music are recorded in duplication in several formats, and at least one version of each show has been digitized for patron usage.

33.0 linear feet (7 short records boxes, 7 CD boxes, 2 medium flats, 10 shoeboxes, 14 record boxes)