Performing Arts


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about the performing arts, including theater, dance, and musical performances. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

This is a collection of color photographs and slides of Dr. William Gilbert Spencer, Stanley Hicks, Jean Ritchie, and Leonard Glenn, along with students in Dr. Spencer's Dulcimer Classes at Appalachian State University. Most were dated 1980's.

0.04 linear feet (4 folders)

The Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO) Portrait Stories collection contains color copies of twelve handwritten, autobiographical stories with hand-drawn portraits of Elk Knob Community (North Carolina) residents, and copies of them on CD.

0.25 linear feet (1 small CD box, 1 oversize folder)

George J. Trinkaus (1878-1960) was an American composer and violinist. Trinkaus was born April 13, 1878 in Bridgeport, Connecticut and is a cousin of composer John Philip Sousa. In 1914 Trinkaus, along with his good friend Victor Herbert, helped found the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He died May 19, 1960 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The George J. Trinkaus Collection consists predominately of music scores written or arranged by Trinkaus. In addition to Trinkaus’ works, it also contains several scores written by other composers such as Victor Herbert and John Philip Sousa.

4.0 linear feet (4 boxes, 5 oversize boxes)

German conductor Hans Schwieger was the first music director for the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held from 1948 to 1971. His papers contain photographs, scrapbooks, recordings, annotated scores, correspondence, concert programs and awards relating primarily to his career as a conductor.

34 linear feet (24 manuscript boxes, 2 half-sized manuscript boxs, 13 record cartons, 1 LP record box in cold storage, 1 audiocassette box, 1 CD box, 3 shoeboxes, 1 square box, 8 oversize boxes)

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 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)