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 includes the original reel-to-reel tape of six songs of traditional mountain music. The date and location of the recording are unknown.

0.75 linear feet (1 medium box)

This collection includes one record book containing meeting minutes for the Music and Arts Club, dating 1946-1947. The Music and Arts Club at Appalachian State Teachers College appears to have operated for a short time, dating at least to 1946.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The RB.8012: Music Manuscripts and Images Collection contains a myriad of items relating to music, from correspondence to photographs to programs. The funding for this unique collection is provided by the Max Smith Endowment Fund.

1.5 linear feet (1 17" flat box)

The Nicholas Erneston Music Library is a branch of the Belk Library and Information Commons, whose materials are located within the Broyhill Music Center and with Special Collections at Belk Library. The Nicholas Erneston Music Library Records contain director's and miscellaneous files dating 1972-1997.

1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

This collection consists of a letter from James T. Williams, Jr. to Mrs. L. Kemp, dated July 8, 1937, concerning scheduling a concert of the Norfolk & Western Male Chorus in Abingdon, Virginia. Also included is a copy of newspaper article Dated April 19, 1939 advertising the chorus's concert in Roanoke, Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection consists of six large portraits of Robert Lee Bradshaw with his harmonica on the campus of Appalachian State University. The photographs were taken as part of an interview for the 1976 Appalachian State University Annual, the Rhododendron.

1.5 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

The Prater Brothers Just Plain Bluegrass Music and Papers began as an album with the picture of the group and a letter to Millers Unlimited in Gainesville, Florida tucked inside the cover. This record is for the letter, picture, and user and archival CD copies of the album.

0.02 linear feet (1 folder, 1 envelope)