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Earl R. Yates Collection

 Collection — other: Boxes 1-2
Identifier: AppMs-0349

Scope and Contents

The Earl R. Yates Collection contains words and music to country, gospel, and bluegrass songs, along with information about the country music industry, country and bluegrass musicians, and the Grand Ole Opry (radio program). The collection contains printed material, photographs, and clippings. The printed material includes songbooks, calendars, promotional sheets, periodicals (including magazines and fan-club newsletters), and published histories. The photographs include those clipped from periodicals and other published material. The material in the collection dates from 1938 to 1970, but about half of the items in the collection are undated.


  • 1938-1970
  • Other: Date acquired: 1989-10-11


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


1.00 linear feet

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The collection is divided into two series: Series 1, Printed Material, and Series 2, Photographs and Clippings. The items in both series are arranged alphabetically by title or performer.

Source of Acquisition

Earl R. Yates

Method of Acquisition

The Earl R. Yates Collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia on 11 October 1989 by Mr. Yates.

Processing Information

Ed Speer completed processing, and the collection was opened to researchers in October 1996.

Ed Speer
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA