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Stoneman Family Collection


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Stoneman Family Music Business Records

Stoneman Family Personal Papers

James T. Dugan Papers

Stoneman Family Audio-Visual Materials

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Stoneman Family Collection, 1924-2008 | Archives of Appalachia

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Collection Overview

Title: Stoneman Family Collection, 1924-2008Add to your cart.

ID: 500/AppMs 697

Creator: Stoneman, Ernest (1893-1968)

Extent: 45.0 Boxes

Arrangement: This collection is arranged in four series. Series 1 is comprised of the business records of the Stoneman family as individuals and various musical groups, notably as "The Stonemans." Series 2 contains the personal records and memorabilia of the Stoneman family. Series 3 is the papers and memorabilia of James T. Dugan, third husband of Grace Stoneman, who was a Naval photographer serving in the Pacific during the 1940's and who photographed Project: Able-Baker in the Bikini Atoll on July 25, 1946. Series 4 contains the audio-visual records of the Stoneman family including audiocassettes, magnetic tape reels, CDs, DVDs, phonograph records in all formats, slides, and photographs.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of the business and personal records of Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman; his wife, Hattie Frost Stoneman; and children, Eddie, Grace, John, Patsy, Billy, Jack, Gene, Dean, Scotty, Donna, Jimmy, Roni, and Van, whose music careers spanned eight decades. The collection includes audiocassettes, autobiographical sketches, awards, business records, CDs and DVDs, contracts, correspondence, discographies, documentary material for and final draft of "The Stonemans: An Appalachian Family and the Music That Shaped Their Lives" by Ivan M. Tribe, financial records, hymnals, newspaper clippings, phonograph records, photographs, posters, publications, publicity, reviews, scrapbook, song-related materials, television shows, and the last manuscript song written by Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman.

The collection also contains an oral history interview of Patsy Stoneman (Patsy Stoneman Murphy) by Dr. C. Lindsey King of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at ETSU. Transcripts and a performance advertising flyer accompany the tape.

Biographical Note

Ernest Van Stoneman was the eldest son of Elisha Stoneman (1849-1934) and second wife, Rebecca Bowers (1868-1896). Ernest was born May 25, 1893. He had two brothers: Ingram Boyd Stoneman (1894-1973) and Palmer Stoneman (1896-1916). He married Hattie Frost on November 10, 1918. Together, they had fifteen surviving children. Ernest began his musical career with an Okeh recording in 1925. He was known to have also recorded under the following names: David Hunt, Jim Seany, Slim Harris, Jim Whalen, John Clark, Justin Winfield, Sim Harris, Uncle Ben Hawkins, and Uncle Jim Seaney.

Administrative Information

Accruals: The program for the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, April 27, 2008, during which Ernest V. Stoneman was inducted, was donated in May 2010 by Patsy Stoneman.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research. Recordings must be listened to in the reading room at the Archives of Appalachia.

Use Restrictions: Copies of materials in this collection may be made compliant with copyright law restrictions. For information about copy charges, please contact the Archives of Appalachia at 423-439-4338.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Pattie Stoneman Murphy and Dr. C. Lindsey King.

Separated Materials: "Pop" Stoneman's autoharp and case (replica) are on loan to the Reece Museum.

Two instruments (bass fiddle, tipple, and bow) were transferred to the Bluegrass Music Program in the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services on April 4, 2005.

Related Materials: Other materials related to Ernest V. Stoneman can be found in the Jack Tottle Bluegrass and Old-time Music Program Collection and Arthur and Ann Jenkins Sound Recording Collection in the Archives of Appalachia.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Stoneman Family Music Business Records, 1925-2008],
[Series 2: Stoneman Family Personal Papers, 1932-2005],
[Series 3: James T. Dugan Papers, 1940-1979],
[Series 4: Stoneman Family Audio-Visual Materials, 1927-2005],

Series 2: Stoneman Family Personal Papers, 1932-2005Add to your cart.
This series consists of personal correspondence, public records, and photographs depicting the personal life of Ernest Van "Pop" Stoneman, his wife Hattie Frost Stoneman, and their 13 surviving children: Eddie Lewis Stoneman, Irma "Grace" Stoneman, John Catron Stoneman, Pattie Inez "Patsy" Stoneman, Joseph William "Billy" Stoneman, Jack Monroe Stoneman, Gene Austin Stoneman, Dean Clark Stoneman, Calvin Scott "Scotty" Stoneman, Donna LaVerne Stoneman, Oscar James "Jimmy" Stoneman, Veronia Loretta "Roni" Stoneman, and Van Haden Stoneman. Personal papers aer contained in boxes 16 through 18. Personal photographs are in Series 4, Box 40.
Box 16: Stoneman Personal Papers, 1907-1985, undatedAdd to your cart.
The personal items in this box consist of correspondence; a publication, "Galax Carroll-Grayson, Virginia;" "Living with Memories" by Janette Carter, presented as a gift to Pattie Stoneman; memorabilia concerning General Douglas A. MacArthur, collected by Ernest Stoneman; miscellaneous papers; funerary records and pay stubs of Ernest V. Stoneman; personal and funerary records of Hattie Frost Stoneman; correspondence related to Stoneman genealogy; genealogical notes; and personal papers of Patsy and Van Stoneman.
Folder 1: Correspondence, PersonalAdd to your cart.
This folder contains personal correspondence addressed to and written by members of the Stoneman family.
Folder 2: "Galax Carroll-Grayson Virginia"Add to your cart.
This folder contains a publication containing an article about Galax, Virginia.
Folder 3: "Living with Memories", 1983Add to your cart.
An autographed copy of Janettte Carter's book addressed to Pattie Stoneman.
Folder 4: MacArthur, General DouglasAdd to your cart.
This folder contains memorabilia about General Douglas MacArthur collected by Ernest and Hattie Stoneman.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous PapersAdd to your cart.
This folder contains miscellaneous personal papers, uncategorizable.
Folder 6: Stoneman, Ernest: Funerary RecordsAdd to your cart.
This folder contains funerary records of Ernest Stoneman.
Folder 7: Stoneman, Ernest: Pay StubsAdd to your cart.
This folder contains two undated pay stubs.
Folder 8: Stoneman, Hattie: Funerary RecordsAdd to your cart.
This folder contains the funerary records of Hattie Stoneman.
Folder 9: Stoneman, Hattie: Personal RecordsAdd to your cart.
This folder contains hospital records and a photocopied newspaper article about Hattie Stoneman's 75th birthday party.
Folder 10: Stoneman Genealogy: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
This folder contains correspondence discussing the genealogical history of the Stoneman family.
Folder 11: Stoneman Genealogy: Miscellaneous InformationAdd to your cart.
This folder contains miscellaneous information relating to the genealogical history of the Stoneman family.
Folder 12: Stoneman, Patsy: PersonalAdd to your cart.
This folder contains stubs for electric bills addressed to Pattie Stoneman Murphy.
Folder 13: Stoneman, Van: PersonalAdd to your cart.
This folder contains insurance materials, traffic court records, and garnishment records for Van Stoneman.
Box 17: Stoneman, Jimmy, 2002Add to your cart.
Funerary memory book, cards, letters, and other papers for Jimmy Stoneman.
Box 18: Stoneman MemorabiliaAdd to your cart.
This box contains a personal Bible; a personal New Testament and Psalms; a sympathy card; "My Sunday Missal," dated 1961; photo mailer from Stella Rutledge; Father's Day card to Ernest Stoneman from Van Stoneman and family; 2 Black Diamond guitar string envelopes with strings; 2 Greyhound Bus ticket receipts; 2 song titles from 1948 with performer names typed on part of a Department of Agriculture postcard; a baggage ticket with "FRAGILE" sticker; a postcard with a photograph of the crib made by Ernest Stoneman for his first child, Eddie; Patsy Stoneman photo birthday card, pictured with Joe and Janette Carter; "Frequently Stripped, Polished & Buffed" pin; an old 3" X 4 1/2" photo mat; and a antiqued copy of a receipt for four slaves from Caleb Crosby to Henry and Susannah Shields, 1851 October 22, glued to a rust-colored burlap scrap.
Oversize folder 1: Stoneman Family Photograph CollageAdd to your cart.
Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman on autoharp (tribute, 1893-1968)
Artist's drawing of Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman
Last photograph portrait of Hattie Frost Stoneman with an insert of her photograph from 1926
Stoneman Family photograph, 1947
2 family portraits with 10 of Ernest and Hattie Stoneman's 15 surviving children and their children, c. 1995
The Stonemans (Donna, Patsy, Van, Jimmy), 1989

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Stoneman Family Music Business Records, 1925-2008],
[Series 2: Stoneman Family Personal Papers, 1932-2005],
[Series 3: James T. Dugan Papers, 1940-1979],
[Series 4: Stoneman Family Audio-Visual Materials, 1927-2005],

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