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Stoneman Family Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0697

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1924-2008


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.


45.00 Boxes

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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.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Pattie Stoneman Murphy and Dr. C. Lindsey King.

Accruals and Additions

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.

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.

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.

Patricia Gerard
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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