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Charlie Walker Collection

Accession Numbers

08-020

Type of Material

Manuscripts, audio, video, artifacts, books, serials, photographs

Physical Description

Approximately 40 linear feet in total

1800+ still images (B&W, color, negatives)

348 (approx.) audio disc recordings in multiple formats (vinyl/shellac 33, 45, 78rpm discs, lacquer transcription discs, CDs, open reel, cassette and 8 track tapes).

519 (approx.) audio tapes (acetate/mylar open reel and cassettes)

82 (approx.) video recordings (VHS tape, DVDs)

4 lf books/serials

12 lf manuscripts

1 lf artifacts  

Dates

1926-2008

Abstract (Descriptive Summary)

The Charlie Walker Collection (08-020) is a unique and extensive assembly of audio/visual materials, photographs, books, serials and manuscripts preserved by Mr. Walker to document many of the facets of his long career as a country music disc jockey, songwriter and musician. The collection includes numerous items that feature many of the most important creative figures of the post WWII country music scene as well as items that relate to Walker’s many interests and hobbies outside of music. 

Restrictions

All materials in this collection are subject to standard national and international copyright laws.  Materials for which we have undeniable rights are those that Charlie Walker created himself.  Center staff is able to assist with copyright questions for this material. In addition, manuscript boxes MS-044 and MS-045 contain family records, military records as well as personal, financial, power of attorney, health, legal and tax information and shall remain restricted and unavailable for use by researchers.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection represent the life’s work of Charlie Walker. Walker retained large quantities of materials that represent his endeavors as a disc jockey, songwriter and successful country music performer circa 1940s-2000s. The materials in this collection were donated by Walker’s widow, Constance (Connie) Walker, to the Center for Popular Music in May 2009. Mrs. Walker compiled some of the scrap books in the collection and also helped with the initial processing of the collection and identification of subjects in photographs.

Agency History/Biographical Sketch

Born in Copeville, Texas on November 2, 1926, Charles Levi Walker, Jr. grew up working on the family cotton farm in Nevada, Texas where his family had relocated to shortly after his birth. Walker was interested in country music from a young age and he enjoyed artists such as Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Tubb and Bob Wills. When Walker was ten years old, he taught himself to play a guitar that had been a gift from a neighbor and later learned how to play the fiddle and mandolin. His first experience with the music business began in 1943 as a member of a Texas dance hall band. Shortly thereafter, he formed his own band, the Texas Ramblers, with his brother Ervin. In 1944, Walker joined Bill Boyd’s Cowboy Ramblers where he performed at their personal appearances and radio shows. In January of 1945, Walker was drafted into U.S. Army. His service eventually took him overseas to be stationed in occupied Japan as a member of the Signal Corps. While in Japan, he formed a band and entertained the troops with country music at camp shows. Walker’s Texas Ramblers soon got a job performing on the Armed Forces Radio Station where he became one of the first American disc jockeys to introduce ‘hillbilly music’ to Japanese listeners in Tokyo.

Walker returned to the states in 1947 where he worked as a broadcaster and singer at KWBU in Corpus Christi and KMAC in San Antonio. He was extremely popular and ranked as one of Billboard’s Top ten Country DJs for a decade. During this period, Charlie also managed a popular nightclub called The Old Barn in San Antonio that highlighted many early country and swing artists.

In addition to broadcasting, Walker enjoyed success as a performer, songwriter and recording artist throughout his long career. He recorded his first songs, “I’m Looking for Another You” and “Stolen Kisses” in 1952 with Imperial Records. In 1954 he signed with Decca, recording the regional hit, “Tell Her Lies and Feed Her Candy”. His first record to hit the Top 10 charts was “Only You, Only You,” co-written with Jack Newman in 1956. On the Mercury label, Walker released “Dancing Mexican Girl” and “I’ll Never Let It Show” before signing with Columbia in 1958. His biggest hit, “Pick Me up on Your Way Down,” was also the first hit for successful song-writer Harlan Howard. Staying on the charts for 22 weeks, the song was actually the “B” side to “Two Empty Arms.” Subsequent recordings included “I’ll Catch You When You Fall,” “When  My Conscience Hurts the Most,” “Who Will Buy the Wine,” and “There’s Where Katie Waits.” Recording for the Epic label, his “Wild as a Wildcat” was a minor hit, followed by the parody, “Don’t Squeeze My Sharmon,” which made the Top 10 in 1967.

On August 17, 1967, Charlie Walker became a cast member of the Grand Old Opry, where he soon became an audience favorite with his witty, rowdy songs. He continued his recording career throughout the 1970s, making the charts once again with the Capitol release of “Odds and Ends” in 1974. Walker also enjoyed some success in motion pictures. In 1970, Walker appeared in the Marty Robbins film Country Music, and in 1985 he portrayed Cowboy Copas in Sweet Dreams, a biographical movie about Patsy Cline.

Aside from his musical career, Charlie actively participated in a variety of sports and hobbies including golf, hunting and sport shooting. Walker was especially interested in golf and he played in about ten pro-celebrity tournaments each year as well as hosting a tournament under his own name. Walker was also a long time member of both the Shriners and Masons, eventually receiving the honor of becoming a Thirty-Third Degree Scottish Rite Mason.

Walker received many honors and awards over the course of his long career. In 1981 he was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame and in 2000 he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Walker also received numerous awards for his accomplishments in music, sports (golf, shooting) military and community activities and his long time membership in the Shriners and Masons.  

Charlie Walker died at the age of 81 on September 12, 2008.

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of approximately 48 feet of books, serials, manuscripts, artifacts, photographs and audio and visual recordings that represent the long life and prolific career of country music singer, songwriter and disc jockey, Charlie Walker circa 1940s-2000s. The audio and visual materials, circa 1950s-2000s, are in multiple formats and represent performances, interviews, commercially released recordings, studio demos and song writer demos by Walker himself, other well-known country musicians and songwriters as well as many recordings submitted to Walker by fans and amateur songwriters. The 1800+ still images in this collection, circa 1930s-2000s, represent all aspects of Walker’s career as well as his military service in occupied Japan, hobbies, social connections and family life. Many of the photographs feature historically significant events and persons. The manuscript collection provides an expansive, finely detailed record of Walker’s life, career and interests. This part of the collection is comprised of correspondence, personal and financial records, newspaper/magazine articles and reviews, scrap books, posters, handbills, sheet music, catalogs etc. The Walker collection also includes many books and serials on mostly music related topics as well as sheet music. Much of this material has been integrated into the larger CPM collection. The audio/visual and photographic collections have been inventoried in detail and these records are available to the researcher. 

Language

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Series Description

Audio Video boxes 1-14 Contains audio and video in multiple formats circa 1950s-2000s. Collection features Walker as well as other prominent country musicians and songwriters in performance, studio demos and commercially released recordings. Collection also includes many song demos sent by fans or amateur songwriters. Lyric sheets often included with recordings.  

Manuscript boxes MS001-MS023 and MS040-MS049 Manuscript collection representing all aspects of Walker’s professional and personal life circa 1920s-2000s.  

Scrapbooks MS-024 to MS-026 Scrapbooks containing photographs and manuscripts highlighting significant events in Walker’s life and career.

Photograph boxes MS-028 to MS-039  Boxes contain 1800+ photographs representing all aspects of Walker’s life and music career circa 1940s-2000s as well as family and hobby related images.  

Books and Serials boxes 1-5 Partially processed collection of Walker’s books. Many are on country music related themes.

Oversize materials-Posters, flags, banner and oversize awards and certificates

Collection Contents (Folder/Box List)

Audio/video boxes numbered 1-14

Audio/video box 1-Mostly 7” open reel demo tapes from Columbia Records. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 2-Open reel audio tapes with demo versions of songs from various songwriters. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 3-Video tapes of Walker performances. Also includes songwriting demos. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 4-Open reel songwriting demo tapes. Includes lyric sheets. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 5-Video tapes of Walker performances. Also includes songwriting demos and some lyric sheets. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 6-Open reel and cassette songwriting demo tapes. Some lyric sheets included. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 7- Open reel and cassette songwriting demo tapes. Also includes some commercial CDs and 45rpm records. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 8-Commercial CDs, cassettes and some songwriter demo tapes. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 9-Songwriting demo tapes and lyric sheets. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 10-Open reel tapes. Demos, Walker interviews and performances. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 11-Commercial Walker releases on 33/45rpm. Also includes demo tapes and approx. 180 45rpm records of country performers. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 12-Contains many acetate/lacquer discs. Some are demos many are dupes of Jimmie Rodgers recordings. Also contains numerous 78 recordings of Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.  

Audio/video box 13-Contains lacquer demo discs of Walker. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Audio/video box 14-Commercial country music DVDs and VHS video tapes and commercial 45rpm country records. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Antique 78 box-Contains commercial 78s of Walker, Cofer Brothers etc. in original box. All recordings inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

 

Manuscript, artifact boxes numbered MS001-MS023  

Series 1-Correspondence

Series 1, correspondence, is broken down into four subsections: business, fan mail, personal and celebrity correspondence. Each subseries is then organized into topical folders that are chronologically ordered.

Business correspondence MS-001 to MS-006

Box MS-001 Business correspondence ca. 1953-1989

Folder 1: 1953-1958. Radio related correspondence, KMAC, Jimmie Rodgers Memorial event.

Folder 2: 1960-1969. Radio related correspondence, thank you notes, record label correspondence, telegrams.

Folder 3: 1970-1976.  Thank-you letters, interview requests, fan club information.

Folder 4: 1977-1979. AFTRA correspondence, Country Music Hall of Fame ballots, fan club, thank-you notes.

Folder 5: 1980-1987. Radio and record label correspondence, thank-you notes.

Folder 6: 1988-1989. Booking, Opry, thank-you notes, Tennessee Defense Force correspondence.  

 

Box MS-002 Business correspondence ca. 1990-2008

Folder 1: 1990-1992. Booking, publicity, interview requests, broadcaster’s hall of fame induction letter, political campaign related correspondence.

Folder 2: 1993-1994. Booking, thank-you notes, Opry, AFTRA, Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.

Folder 3: 2000-2008. Opry, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, interview transcript, induction into the George D. Hay Country Music Hall of Fame.

Folder 4: Undated business correspondence. Opry, thank-you notes, broadcasting, Dot Records correspondence.  

 

Box MS-003 Business/Financial correspondence ca. 1947-2004.

Folder 1: 1947-1969. AFM dues, insurance paperwork.

Folder 2: 1971-1978. Capitol Records, personal finance, audits.

Folder 3: 1980-1989. Payment records (performance, royalties etc), accounting, AFTRA.

Folder 4: 1990-1997. AFTRA/AFM pensions, retirement.

Folder 5: 2000-2004. AFTRA/AFM pensions, retirement.  

 

Box MS-004 Business correspondence-contracts ca. 1960s-1990s.

Folder 1: 1960s. Performance, recording contracts including Columbia recording contract, 1963.

Folder 2: 1970s. Recording contracts (Columbia, CBS, RCA, Capitol, Dis-Co), performance contracts.

Folder 3: 1980-1984. Contracts from Acuff-Rose, AFTRA, WSM, performance contracts, television appearances.

Folder 4: 1985-1987. AFM, AFTRA contracts, performance contracts, MCA recording contract, international work permits.

Folder 5: 1988. Performance contracts.

Folder 6: 1989. License agreements, Opry/TV performance contracts, Canadian contracts.

Folder 7: 1990-1993. Performance contracts (incl. Nashville Now TV show), Stonewall Jackson tribute recording release forms.

 

Box MS-005 Business correspondence-Payments and royalties ca. 1966-2008.

Folder 1: 1966-1969. Payments from Hubert Long Talent Agency, Columbia and Decca records.

Folder 2: 1970-1974. Payments from Hubert Long Talent Agency, CBS, RCA and Capitol records.

Folder 3: 1975-1979. Payments from Atlas talent agency, Capitol, CBS records, AFTRA payments.

Folder 4: 1980-1989. Payments from AFTRA, Hee Haw, WSM.

Folder 5: 1990-1998. AFTRA, Opryland payments.

Folder 6: 2000-2008. AFTRA, Opryland, pension, CBS Cable Network, Sony publishing payments.  

 

Box MS-006 Business correspondence ca. 1945-2000.

Folder 1: 1945. Song pitches from Lew Mel (Love Will Find a Way) and Chaw Mank.

Folder 2: 1965-1968. Song pitches from Leon McAuliffe, Red River Dave. Radio related correspondence.

Folder 3: 1970-1979. Song pitches (Cindy Walker etc.), performance inquiries, radio, thank-you notes, inquiries from European press.

Folder 4: 1980-1989. Song pitches, thank-you notes, discography inquiry.

Folder 5: 1990-1998. Song pitches, thank-you notes, performance/interview inquiries, Opry correspondence.

Folder 6: 2000-2008. AFTRA retirement, NACMAI Hall of Fame package.

Folder 7: Undated correspondence. Radio PSA scripts, Nashville Network scripts, song pitches,  

 

Correspondence-Fan Mail MS-007 to 011.  

Box MS-007 Postcards with compliments and song requests sent to Walker during his tenure with Bill Boyd and the Cowboy Ramblers. Circa 1944-1947

Box MS-008 Letters with compliments and song requests sent to Walker during his tenure with Bill Boyd and the Cowboy Ramblers. February to September, 1944.

Box MS-009 Letters with compliments and song requests sent to Walker during his tenure with Bill Boyd and the Cowboy Ramblers. September 25th, 1944 to 1947.

 

Box MS-010 Fan mail ca. 1950s-1989.

Folder 1: ca. 1950s-1960s. Letters written to Walker by fans.

Folder 2: 1970-1979. Letters written to Walker by fans.

Folder 3: 1980-1985. Letters written to Walker by fans.

Folder 4: 1986-1987. Letters written to Walker by fans.

Folder 5: 1987-1989. Letters written to Walker by fans.  

 

Box MS-011 Fan mail ca. 1990-2008 including undated correspondence.

Folder 1: 1990-1993. Letters written to Walker by fans.

Folder 2: 1994-1995. Letters written to Walker by fans.

Folder 3: 1996-1999. Letters written to Walker by fans.

Folder 4: 2000-2008. Letters written to Walker by fans.

Folder 5: Undated. Letters written to Walker by fans.  

 

Personal correspondence MS-012 to 016  

Box MS-012 Correspondence-Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances ca. 1950s-1983.

Folder 1: 1950s. Letter to Walker from Ernest Tubb. Telegrams from Cindy Walker and Big D Jamboree cast.

Folder 2: 1960s. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances.

Folder 3: 1970-1973. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances including letters from friends Europe.

Folder 4: 1974-1976. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Includes some golf-related correspondence.

Folder 5: 1980-1981.  Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Includes letter from Marvin Montgomery of the Light Crust Doughboys.

Folder 6: 1982-1983. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances.  

 

Box MS-013 Correspondence-Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances ca. 1984-1989.

Folder 1: 1984-1985. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances.

Folder 2: 1986. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Includes letter from Cowboy singer, Bob Atcher and numerous Christmas cards.

Folder 3: 1987. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Includes Shrine/Masonic letters, letter from Marty Stuart.

Folder 4: 1988. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Includes hunting related correspondence.

Folder 5: 1989. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Includes large quantity of hunting related correspondence.  

 

Box MS-014 Correspondence-Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances ca. 1990-1994.

Folder 1: 1990. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Includes hunting, thank you notes etc.

Folder 2: 1990 Christmas greetings from family and friends, 1990.

Folder 3: 1991. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Includes hunting, golf, Masons, newspaper clippings and thank you notes.

Folder 4: 1992-1993. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances.

Folder 5: 1994. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances.  

 

Box MS-015: Correspondence-Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances ca. 1995-1999.

Folder 1: 1995. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances.

Folder 2: 1996. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Hobbies, thank you notes, military reunions.

Folder 3: 1997. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Hobbies, thank you notes, military reunions.

Folder 4: 1998. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Hobbies, thank you notes, military reunions.

Folder 5: 1999. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances. Hobbies, thank you notes etc.  

 

Box MS-016: Correspondence-Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances ca. 2000-2008 & undated correspondence.

Folder 1: 2000-2004. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances.

Folder 2: 2005-2008. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances.

Folder 3: Undated correspondence. Letters written to Walker by family, friends and acquaintances.

Folder 4: Original news clippings that was included with correspondence.  

 

Box MS-017: Correspondence-Letters to Walker from politicians and celebrities ca. 1950s-1990s and correspondence from Walker’s run for senate.

Folder 1: 1950s-1990s. Correspondence to Walker from noteworthy individuals such as Hank Thompson, Webb Pierce, Ernest Tubb, Buck Owens, and politicians. Also contains contract for performance by Hank Williams (September, 1952)

Folder 2: 1992. Correspondence relating to Walker’s run for senate in 1992.  

 

Financial manuscripts MS-018, 019  

Box MS-018: 1960s-2000s. Performance contracts

Folder 1: 1960s-1970s. Performance and recording contracts from Columbia, Music Country USA TV show etc.

Folder 2: 1975. Performance contracts from Atlas Artist Bureau Inc.

Folder 3: 1976. Performance contracts from Atlas Artist Bureau Inc.

Folder 4: 1977-1979. Performance and recording contracts from Atlas, Shelby Singleton.

Folder 5: January-June 1980. Performance contracts from Atlas Artist Bureau Inc. Also includes some airline tickets with contracts.

Folder 6: July-December 1980. Performance contracts from Atlas Artist Bureau Inc. Joe Taylor Artist Agency, Smiley Wilson Agency.

Folder 7: 1981. Performance contracts from Atlas Artist Bureau Inc. Smiley Wilson Agency, Trans World Artist, Joe Taylor Artist Agency etc.

Folder 8: 1982. Performance contracts from Atlas Artist Bureau Inc. Joe Taylor, AFM etc.

Folder 9: 1983. Performance contracts from AFM Local 257, Trans World, Dick Shuey.

Folder 10: 1984-1987. Performance contracts from Atlas Artist Bureau Inc. Dick Shuey, AFM etc.

Folder 11: 1988. Performance contracts from AFM, Tessier-Marsh Talent Inc.

Folder 12: 1989. Performance contracts from Billy Deaton, CA-Promotion

Folder 13: 1990s-2000s & undated contracts. Performance for Nashville Now, Celebrity Outdoors, AFM etc.

 

Box MS-019: Financial manuscripts. Bills, receipts, accounting etc.

Folder 1: ca. 1992. Materials relating to Walker’s run for senate.

Folder 2: 1968-1993. Personal finance. Loans, home improvement, banking.

Folder 3: ca. 1970s-1990s. Insurance, retirement, AFTRA, Opry trust fund etc.

Folder 4: ca. 1977. AFTRA royalty reports.

Folder 5: ca. 1944-2008. Pay stubs for Walkers radio, recording and film work.

Folder 6: ca. 1978-2006. WSM-Opry pay stubs.

Folder 7: 1983. Receipt for auto donation.

Folder 8: ca. 1958-1982. Accounting, performance income.

Folder 9: Various dates. Unsorted bills, receipts, checks.

Folder 10: Various dates. Unsorted bills, receipts, checks.

Folder 11: Various dates. Unsorted bills, receipts, checks.

 

Performance & Career related manuscripts MS-020, 021

Box MS-020: Performance, career manuscripts ca. 1950s-2008.

Folder 1: ca. 1950s-1960s. News clippings relating to Walker’s performances.

Folder 2: 1970s. News clippings relating to Walker’s performances.

Folder 3: 1980s. News clippings relating to Walker’s performances.

Folder 4: 1990s-2000s. News clippings relating to Walker’s performances.

Folder 5: Undated. News clippings relating to Walker’s performances

Folder 6: ca. 1957-early 1960s. Jimmie/Carrie Rodgers memorial items.

Folder 7: ca. 1951-1956. News clippings relating to the Jimmie Rodgers memorial events held in Meridian, MS.

Folder 8: ca. 1990s? Walker discography. Some of this material relates to the Bear Family reissue of Walker’s recordings.

Folder 9: ca. 1956-1995. Scripts for Grand Ole Opry shows, TV shows, commercials, “Sweet Dreams” film etc.

Folder 10: 1961-2008. Newspaper obituaries for Walker and other country music figures such as Carrie Rodgers, Bill Boyd etc.

Folder 11: Walker biographical materials. Bio sheets on Walker from Mercury Starday and Dot labels.

Folder 12: 1967-2008. Walker’s schedules and itineraries for live performance, TV appearances etc. 

Folder 13: 1973-1998. Biographies of Walker.

Folder 14: ca. 1978. Fan Fair, Charlie Walker fan club materials.

Folder 15: ca. 1960s-2000s. Mostly biographical materials relating to Walker as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

 

Box MS-021: Performance, career manuscripts ca. 1940s-2000s.

Folder 1: ca. 1950s-1990s. Magazine articles featuring Walker.

Folder 2: ca. 1940s-2000s. Materials relating to Walker’s career as a DJ.

Folder 3: No date. Materials relating to Walker’s career as a DJ.

Folder 4: ca. 1967-1971. Press clippings relating to Walker’s appearances at the San Antonio Stock Show.

Folder 5. Ca. 1967-1971. Manuscripts and promotional materials relating to the San Antonio Stock Show.

Folder 6: copyright dates ca. 1944-1990s. Lyrics for songs performed by or pitched to Walker.

Folder 7: Undated. Lyrics for songs performed by or pitched to Walker. Some items hand written on studio stationery, audio tape labels etc.

Folder 8: Ca. 1940s-1980s. Materials used to promote Walker’s performances and recordings.

 

Personal manuscripts MS-022

Box MS-022: Personal manuscripts relating to military service (Tennessee Defense Force), awards & certificates, Walker’s political career, his funeral etc.

Folder 1: ca. 1990s. Tennessee Defense Force award and documents.

Folder 2. Ca. 1940s-1990s. Handbooks and newspaper articles relating to the Tennessee Defense Force.

Folder 3: 1947. Press release/written account of auto accident experienced by Walker and his band in 1947.

Folder 4: ca. 1992. Original news clippings relating to Walker’s run for senate.

Folder 5: ca. 1990s. Original news clippings relating to the TN Defense Force.

Folder 6: May-August, 1992. Documents and news clippings relating to Walker’s 1992 senate run.

Folder 7: ca. 1950. Government documents for home buying veterans and program from army discharge ceremony.

Folder 8: No dates. News clippings featuring Walker’s wives.

Folder 9. Ca. 1960s-1990s. Newspaper clippings featuring Walker in military/veteran’s related events.

Folder 10. No date. Walker’s suit measurements.

Folder 11: 2008. Schedule from celebration (funeral?) of Walker’s life.

Folder 12: ca. 1960s-1990s. Walker family weddings and newspaper clipping for anniversary of Walker’s parents.

Folder 13: ca. 1980s-2000s. Awards, honors and certificates for Walker. Some originals and a number of photocopies of originals that have been scanned.

Folder 14: ca. 1964-2009. Photocopies of newspaper accounts of awards, honors and received by Walker.

Folder 15. Ca. 1990s. Original newspaper accounts of awards, honors and received by Walker.

Folder 16: ca. 1950s. Original awards, honors and certificates received by Walker.

Folder 17: ca. 1960s. Original awards, honors and certificates received by Walker.

Folder 18: ca. 1970s. Original awards, honors and certificates received by Walker.

Folder 19: ca. 1980s. Original awards, honors and certificates received by Walker.

Folder 20: ca. 1990s. Original awards, honors and certificates received by Walker.

Folder 21: ca. 2000s. Original awards, honors and certificates received by Walker.

Folder 22. No date. Original awards, honors and certificates received by Walker. Also includes an award for Pee Wee King from the state of Kentucky.

Envelope 23: 1943. Walker’s school notebook. Contains original assignments, essays and grades from “Tech Hi”, 1943.

Folder 24: ca. 1960s-2000s. Collection of miscellaneous items (Army parachute team folder etc.). Also includes ca. 1950s-60s order blank from Hatch Showprint in Nashville.  

 

Hobby (golf, hunting, Mason/Shrine) related manuscripts MS-023

Folder 1: ca. 1980s. Manuscripts and newsprint related to Walker’s Pro Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Folder 2: ca. 1960s-1990s. News clippings relating to Walker’s interest in golf.

Folder 3: ca. 1950s-1990s. Golf related brochures, programs and score cards.

Folder 4: ca. 1990s-2000s. Papers relating to Walker sponsored or hosted golf tournaments.

Folder 5: ca. 1970s-1990s. News clippings featuring Walker on hunting trips.

Folder 6: ca. 1980s-2000s. Hunting related manuscripts. Brochures, Walker’s hunting license, shooters club directory etc.

Folder 7: ca. 1990s. News clippings featuring Walker in Masonic or Shrine related activities.

Folder 8: ca. 1950s-1990s. Mason & Shrine related manuscripts, brochures and clippings. Also includes book of 1992 proceedings of M.W. Grand Lodge.

Folder 9: ca. 1970s. Paperwork for pure bred dogs.

Folder 10: 1960, 1967. Brochures for horse racing at Santa Anita and Arizona Downs.

Folder 11: ca. 1940s-1990s. Newspaper clippings relating to miscellaneous friends, family.

Folder 12: ca. 1990s. Scorecards, schedules relating to youth baseball in the Nashville, TN area.

Folder 13: 1981. Materials relating to Walker’s health food store, The Magic Mill. Newspaper article, financial papers, brochures, schedules, map and layout for advertisement.  

 

Scrapbooks MS-024, 25, 026

Box MS-024: Scrap book relating to the Cowgirl Sweetheart contest ca. late 1940s. Contains newspaper articles, photographs, advertisements, performance documents etc. All items individually numbered and inventoried on separate sheet and kept in original order. Hard copy of inventory document included in box MS-024.  

Box MS-025: Scrap book “Charlie’s Business Documents” compiled by Connie Walker. Documents, 1950-1969, represent Walker’s recording, performing, DJ, songwriting and royalty contracts. Features contracts from Sure Fire, Acuff Rose, Commodore, Pamper Music, Decca, Starday, Columbia etc. Correspondence from Don Law, Paul Cohen etc.  All items inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in box MS-025.  

Scrapbook MS-026: Images from scrap book of 1949 “Cowgirl Sweetheart” contest. (Contestants with Walker in variety of settings) Also contains tourist/street scenes of occupied Japan. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the beginning of scrapbook MS-025.  

 

Artifacts MS-027

Box MS-027: One large box containing a wide variety of 3 dimensional artifacts from Charlie Walker. Includes souvenir judge’s gavel, Charlie Walker Celebrity Golf scramble hat, I.D. badges, bumper stickers, patches, “Rock grass seeds” promotional item for Walker record on Plantation label, picks, pens, belt buckles etc.    

 

Photograph boxes MS-028 through MS-039

Photograph Box MS-028 “Early Years” Images of Walker’s youth, early career (circa 1940s-1950s) in Texas as musician and DJ. Photos of Walker with family, at radio stations, at performances etc. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Photograph Box MS-029 “Masons and Shriners” Images of Walker at various Mason/Shriners related events, performances, parades, award ceremonies etc. ca. 1980s-2000s. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Photograph Box MS-030 “Hunting, Fishing, Hobbies” Images of Walker (ca. 1960s-1990s) golfing, attending Opry Duck hunts (great Les Leverett photos), shooting competitions, various social events etc. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Photograph Box MS-031 “Ceremonies, awards, honors” Images of Walker at special events and receiving awards from military, radio, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame etc ca. 1950s-1990s. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Photograph Box MS-032 “Just Charlie” Images of Walker (ca. 1950s-1990s) throughout his career. Promo pictures, at social events, performances etc. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Photograph Box MS-033 “Charlie and Friends Photos” Images of Walker throughout (ca. 1940s-1990s) his career contained in a scrapbook compiled by Connie Walker. Contains many glossy promo photos of well-known country music artists with inscriptions to Walker. Box also contains some loose photographs. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.  

Photograph Box MS-034 “Charlie in Print” Contains many images of Walker and others at the Jimmie Rodgers memorial event in Meridian, MS. Scrapbook also contains important manuscripts (ca. 1944-1970s) such as a letter to parents after induction into the army, performance/radio contracts, script from Sweet Dreams, newsprint reviews and concert adverts. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of photo inventory document included in the box.

Photograph Box MS-035 “Military, WWII and Occupation” Images from Walker’s service in occupied  Japan circa 1945-46. Images of Walker and his band, street scenes, ships, vehicles, fellow soldiers etc. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Photographs Box MS-036 “Misc. Photographs” Wide variety of images (performance, promotional pictures, golf/hobbies) ca. 1950s-1990s that came from Walker’s personal briefcases. Roughly processed. Contains interesting early (1950s) images of Walker performing on the Opry, with Ray Price etc.

Photographs Box MS-037 “1944-1946” Scrap book of early photographs of Walker. Contains family photos of young Charlie as well as fan mail and photos from his stint with Bill Boyd (1944). Also contains military documents (induction notice, identification cards etc) as well as photos of Walker in occupied Japan with band and other army friends. Also contains images of Japanese civilians, musicians and street scenes. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.   

Photographs Box MS-038 “Fans, Friends and Business” Walker (ca. 1950s-1990s) with friends, family, fans and fellow musicians in social settings throughout his career. Also contains some correspondence with photographs. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.

Photographs Box MS-039 “Celebs and Charlie” Images of Walker from throughout his career (ca. 1950s-1990s) with well-known musicians, athletes, politicians etc. Also contains original promo photos from stars such as Spade Cooley, Red Sovine, Maddox Bros & Rose, Hank Williams, Webb Pierce etc. many of which are signed to Walker. Contains many photos by WSM staff photographer, Les Leverett, of the yearly Opry duck hunting trip. All photographs inventoried on separate sheet. Hard copy of inventory document included in the box.  

Miscellaneous manuscripts

Box MS-040: Business cards ca. 1970s-1990s. Large assortment of unsorted business cards given to Walker. Also includes a number of small, handwritten notes with addresses, phone numbers etc.

Box MS-041: Business cards ca. 1960s-1990s. Large assortment of unsorted business cards given to Walker. Arranged alphabetically.

Box MS-042: Date books, calendars ca. 1970s-1990s. Collection of calendars and datebooks with personal notes inscribed by Walker to mark performance dates etc.

Box MS-043: Airline tickets ca. 1970s-1990s. Tickets issued to Walker for travel to performances.

Box MS-044 RESTRICTED: Personal manuscripts (military, health, genealogical records) that are not available for use by researchers.

Box MS-045 RESTRICTED: Personal manuscripts (military, health, genealogical records) that are not available for use by researchers.

Box MS-046: Walker’s business and identification cards ca. 1960s-1990s. Unsorted collection of personal business, identification, award and membership cards belonging to Charlie Walker.

Box MS-047: Serials & publications with reference to Walker. These serials are duplicates of items already held in the Center’s collection but have been retained due to their having been in Walker’s belongings.   

Box MS-048: Western wear catalog. Ca. 1960s catalog for Gross Original custom western wear of Denver, CO. Book contains examples of design and samples of cloth.

Box MS-049: Sheet music ca. 1960s-1970s. Contains sheet music examples of many of Walker’s hit songs as well as a 3 ring binder of songs from Jim Reeves enterprises (Tuckahoe Music, Open Road Music, Acclaim Music Inc.)

 

Oversize materials Contains large size posters, cloth banners, yard sign for Walker’s race for senator and award certificates circa 1950s-1990s. Most items have been inventoried on separate sheet.

Materials Cataloged Separately

Many of books, serials and examples of sheet music that are part of the Charlie Walker collection have been cataloged within those general collections rather than within 08-020.

Arrangement

Original order of the materials has been maintained in so far as possible. In the case where there was no obvious order, the processor devised the basic organizational scheme for the collections, reorganizing the materials within component groups where necessary. Manuscripts and correspondence have been filed chronologically at the folder and box level.

Location

Correspondence, manuscripts and sound recordings have been arranged together as one grouping. Some materials, such as books, serials and sheet music have been interfiled in the suitable Center for Popular Music collection when suitable. A detailed list of individual items in the photograph and audio/video collections is available electronically in the Center-generated research aids on the server as well as having a hard copy of the contents included in each box. The manuscript materials and photographs are located with other manuscript collections in the collections storage area and are filed by accession and manuscript number. (Photographs will also be cross-referenced in the Iconographic collection.) Oversize extra-large materials are located in the metal oversize cabinet in the storage area. Sound recordings will be filed by label and issue number with other sound recordings in the collections storage area when applicable. Other separated materials, such as books, sheet music, trade catalogs, and performance documents will be located in the appropriate collection housed in the storage area. All materials (except for sound recordings) are searchable in the Center’s in-house InMagic database and online through the Center’s website. All may be searched by accession number.

Related Materials

The Center holds other materials related to Charlie Walker, Country music, Western swing, the Grand Ole Opry, songwriters, Country music radio and Country music in Texas. Information concerning country music and biographies of Charlie Walker can be found in the reading room collection and searchable through the MTSU Walker Library. Specific songs, performances and other original music materials may be found in the Center’s rare books, sheet music, performance, and photograph collections searchable through the Center’s website.

Processed By

J.F. 5/23/2012

Subject(s)

Walker, Charlie, 1926-2008, Rodgers, Jimmie, 1897-1933, Dickens, Little Jimmy, 1920-, Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977, Country musicians - United States, Disc Jockeys - United States

Creators

Walker, Charlie, 1926-2008

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