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 original poetry and music lyrics by Rev. William Maynard Brown of Boone, North Carolina, written in the 1970s and 1980s, along with a Master reel-to-reel, copied reel-to-reel, and user and archival CD copies of his original "Experimental Gems in God's Work and Great Music."

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

This collection comes from Robert A. White of Denton, North Carolina and consists of recordings on CD of bluegrass music jam sessions and performances from 1967-1982.

0.5 linear feet (1 CD shoebox)

The Roger Howell Memory Collection is made up of thirteen original CD recordings made by Roger Howell along with his biography and detailed list of the songs recorded in 2007.

1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

The Rogers V. Whitener Papers consist of typescript versions of his column, "Folkways and Folklore." "Folk-Ways and Folk-Speech" appeared weekly in the Watauga Democrat from 1973 to 1991, and other newspapers, giving provides insight into the folk culture of Watauga County, North Carolina during the late twentieth century.

4.75 linear feet (5 manuscripts, 2 shoeboxes, 1 records box, 2 oversize folders, 1 Cold Storage envelope)

This collection features CDs and VHS tapes of Ronnie Hicks of Watauga County, North Carolina, a bluegrass and gospel musician, who was a member of the Cove Creek Ramblers and a faithful volunteer with the Project on Aging for 39 years.

0.5 linear feet (1 shoebox)

This collection of Ruth Caudill Warren consists of 21 photocopied, handwritten folk songs.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Stanley Hicks Letters to Edward Baker collection is three handwritten letters (with typed translation) from Hicks to Edward Baker. The collection also contains a newspaper clipping about Hicks' appearance at New River Community College during 'Appalachian Awareness Week' in May 1979.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)