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Tom Morgan Collection

Accession Numbers

09-015, 12-018, 14-031, 14-049, 14-066, 15-001, 15-011, 15-039, 15-040


Manuscript Materials, Photographs, Performance Documents, Artifact


Physical Description

12 boxes, including contact lists, performance flyers and resources, sheet music, newspaper clippings, Tom Morgan's career and performance documents, oversized articles, artifact, photographs, contracts, and correspondence; collection also contains 472 digital files.


circa 1970-2010

Abstract (Descriptive Summary)

This is a collection of mostly papers and photographs related to Tom Morgan and his career. It also includes resources about renowned country and bluegrass artists whom Tom Morgan worked with and knew.



The collection is open for research use. All materials in this collection are subject to standard national and international copyright laws. Center staff are able to assist with copyright questions for this material.


Provenance and Acquisition Information

Tom Morgan, local bluegrass musician and luthier, gave the material in this collection to the Center for Popular Music in multiple installments, beginning in 2009. Accession numbers for Mr. Morgan’s collection include: 09-015, 12-018, 14-031, 14-035, 14-049, 14-066, 15-001, 15-011, 15-039, and 15-040.


Agency History/Biographical Sketch

Pioneer bluegrass musician, luthier, and educator, Tom Morgan, was born in Morgan Springs, Tennessee on April 19, 1932. He became interested in country music early in life and was deeply influenced by family members, as well as by musical friends and neighbors, such as banjo player Ed Cullis. Throughout his childhood, Morgan continued his efforts to play and sing while he absorbed country music and bluegrass through the many radio shows that appeared on stations such as WDOD, WDXB, and the well-known Grand Ole Opry on WSM.

In 1950, Morgan enrolled at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. While in that city, he began learning to play the upright bass and guitar, crossing paths with many veteran country musicians and radio personalities such as Lowell Blanchard and Cas Walker. Following his university studies, Tom enlisted in the Air Force. After brief postings in Texas and New York, he was assigned to duty in Washington D.C., which was, at that time, a major hub of activity in the bluegrass music scene.

Mr. Morgan became an important figure in the Washington D.C. bluegrass community during the peak of its creative contributions to that style. While based in the D.C. area, Tom performed with bluegrass legends Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, The Country Gentlemen, Red Allen & Frank Wakefield, Bernarr Buzz Busby, Bill Harrell, Mike Seeger, Hazel Dickens, and Alice Gerrard. He worked with and inspired other now-legendary musicians such as David Grisman, Bill Keith, and the Seldom Scene. During this time, Tom began to build, repair or embellish the guitars, mandolins, and banjos that were favored by bluegrass musicians. He was a significant early practitioner of this art and trade, now an important part of bluegrass culture.

Morgan left the Washington D.C. area when he retired from the Air Force in 1972 and returned to Tennessee where he settled down on family land in Morgan Springs. Back in Tennessee, he continued his work as a luthier and continued to perform in a family bluegrass band that included his beloved wife, Mary (d. 1993) and their two sons. In 1977, Tom added legendary fiddler, Curly Fox, to his band. This allowed Fox to keep his performance career alive for a significant period. During this productive time, Tom and his family recorded LPs for the Davis Unlimited and Folkways labels and organized the Chattanooga Area Friends of Folk Music.

As of 2016, Tom is still an active booster for traditional music and arts in Tennessee. He and his current musical partner, Lynne Haas, work as educators and performers to share their love and knowledge about traditional music with listeners of all ages at countless shows throughout the state. In 2015, the Center for Popular Music reissued the album, Music from Morgan Springs, on their Spring Fed Records label.


Scope and Content

This collection contains contact lists, photographs, information related to Tom Morgans career and personal folders, correspondence, a railroad spike, folders (in alphabetical order by last name) with materials related to renowned bluegrass and country artists and bands, performance flyers, festival and fair programs, contracts, information on workshops, and subject folders. Dates range between the late 1970s and early 2010s.

The collection includes sound recordings, videos, serials, performance documents, photographs, books, and trade catalogs that have been removed from the Manuscript Collection and cataloged separately.

This collection also contains 472 digital files of scanned materials, including scanned photographs from Tom Morgans personal scrapbooks.


Collection Contents (Folder/Box List)

Box 1: Tom Morgan Career: business and performance contracts, contacts, correspondences, awards

Folder 1 Tom Morgan photos

Folder 2 Tom Morgan career

Folder 3 Reviews of Red Allen & Frank Wakefield: The WDON Recordings 1963

Folder 4 Tom Morgan performance

Folder 5 Hillbrook Recreation Bluegrass Reunion

Folder 6 Tusculum College Old Oak Contract and Performances

Folder 7 Ozark Center performances

Folder 8 Contracts

Folder 9 Morgan Company

Folder 10 Tom Morgan Luthier

Folder 11 Charity

Folder 12 Tennessee Committee for the Humanities

Folder 13 Tributes and Awards

Folder 14 Folklife Heritage Award Nominee

Folder 15 Order of Kentucky Colonels

Folder 16 Correspondence

Folder 17 Correspondence European clients

Folder 18 Contacts


Box 2: Tom Morgan Personal Files/Family & Friends

Folder 1 Personal: Silhouette, Newspaper clippings

Folder 2 Biographies, Family histories

Folder 3 Scott Morgan

Folder 4 Bill Foshag


Box 3: Subjects (Alphabetically) Variety of subjects including guitar, mandolin, song history

Folder 1 Appalachia

Folder 2 Banjo

Folder 3 Banjos in Japan (1/2)

Folder 4 Banjos in Japan (2/2)

Folder 5 Bluegrass music: definition, etc.

Folder 6 Chattanooga, Tennessee

Folder 7 Country music: definition, etc.

Folder 8 Folklorists

Folder 9 Guitars

Folder 10 Historic Rugby

Folder 11 Luthier

Folder 12 Sacred Harp

Folder 13 Scopes Trial history

Folder 14 Shape Note Singing

Folder 15 Sheet music: instrumental/vocal parts


Box 4: Subjects (Alphabetically)

Folder 1 Song history

Folder 2 Miscellaneous: photocopied images

Folder 3 Miscellaneous papers


Box 5: Fairs, Festivals, Reunions Fairs, Festivals, Tennessee Homecoming

Folder 1 Appalachian Christmas

Folder 2 Appalachian River Reunion

Folder 3 Audubon Fiddle Festival

Folder 4 Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

Folder 5 Bluegrass Festivals (assorted)

Folder 6 Bluegrass Strawberry Festival

Folder 7 Cave Spring Arts Festival

Folder 8 Cherokee Indian Heritage & Sandhill Crane Viewing Days

Folder 9 Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival

Folder 10 Coker Country Fair

Folder 11 Color Cruise Festival

Folder 12 Expo 1982: Worlds Fair Folklife Festival

Folder 13 Fall Arts & Crafts Festival: Ersies Needle & Thread

Folder 14 Fan Fair Family Reunion


Box 6: Fairs, Festivals, Reunions

Folder 1 Grand Masters Fiddle Contest

Folder 2 Jubilee Festival

Folder 3 Lookout Valley Folk Festival

Folder 4 Mountain Makins Festival

Folder 5 Morgan Springs Homecoming 1987

Folder 6 National Folk Festival, Chattanooga, TN

Folder 7 National Folk Festival/NCTA

Folder 8 Newport Folk Festival

Folder 9 Ochlockonee River Bluegrass and Folk Music Festival

Folder 10 Old Time Music Day: Hendersonville Arts Council

Folder 11 Opryland Crafts Country America Lifestyles Festival

Folder 12 Pickin Waterloo Bluegrass Festival

Folder 13 Riverbend Festival

Folder 14 Scopes Trial Festival & Plays

Folder 15 Slagles Pasture Bluegrass Festival

Folder 16 Smithsonian Institution Folklife Festival

Folder 17 Soil Conservation Awards Banquet

Folder 18 Southern Folk Festival

Folder 19 Stones River Crafts Fair

Folder 20 Tennessee Banjo Institute

Folder 21 Tennessee Homecoming

Folder 22 Tennessee Valley Adventures, Barges & 50th Anniversary Celebration

Folder 23 TN Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Folder 24 Three Rivers Art Festival

Folder 25 Uncle Dave Macon Days

Folder 26 Festivals & Fairs (miscellaneous)


Box 7: Organizations (Alphabetically) Organizations Tom was involved in, had interest in, or performed for

Folder 1 Allied Arts of Chattanooga

Folder 2 American Diabetes Association

Folder 3 The American Woodworker

Folder 4 Audubon Society

Folder 5 Aunt Lous Family Restaurant

Folder 6 Berea College

Folder 7 Bill Wills Arts Council

Folder 8 Bluegrass Unlimited

Folder 9 Center for Southern Folklore

Folder 10 Center for Traditional Music

Folder 11 Chattanooga Area Friends of Folk Music (CAFFM)

Folder 12 Chattanooga Downtown Partnership

Folder 13 Chattanooga Recreation Center

Folder 14 Chattanooga Regional History Museum

Folder 15 Chattanooga Visitors Center

Folder 16 Chickamauga Battlefield Friends of the Park

Folder 17 Copper Creek Records

Folder 18 Cumberland County Playhouse

Folder 19 Cumberland Trails Project

Folder 20 Design for Arts in Education

Folder 21 Dixie Frets

Folder 22 Dollywood

Folder 23 Elf Records

Folder 24 Folklife Center of the Smokies

Folder 25 Folk School of Chattanooga

Folder 26 Folkways Album

Folder 27 Folkways Center of the Georgia Mountains

Folder 28 Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School

Folder 29 Gibson Banjo

Folder 30 Grand Ole Opry

Folder 31 Holly Theater

Folder 32 Hunter Museum of Art

Folder 33 International Bluegrass Music Association

Folder 34 International Bluegrass Music Museum

Folder 35 Jack Wingates Fishing Lodge

Folder 36 John C. Campbell Folk School

Folder 37 John Edwards Memorial Foundation

Folder 38 Kiuka Kountry Music & Krafts Fair

Folder 39 Library of Congress: Archive of Folk Songs

Folder 40 Midday Merry Go Round Reunion

Folder 41 Mountain Music Shows

Folder 42 Mountain Opry

Folder 43 Museum of the Appalachia

Folder 44 Old Time Music and Dance Foundation

Folder 45 The Original Old Time Music Show

Folder 46 Real Peoples Music

Folder 47 Rebel Recording Company

Folder 48 Renfro Valley, Kentucky

Folder 49 Rhea Arts Council

Folder 50 Roadside Theater

Folder 51 Shuptrine, Hubert

Folder 52 Sierra/Briar Records

Folder 53 Smithsonian Folkways

Folder 54 Southeast Institute for Education in Music (SIEM)

Folder 55 SIEM manual information 1

Folder 56 SIEM manual information 2

Folder 57 SIEM manual information 3

Folder 58 SIEM manual information 4

Folder 59 SIEM manual information 5

Folder 60 SIEM manual information 6

Folder 61 SIEM manual information 7

Folder 62 SIEM manual information 8

Folder 63 SIEM manual information 9

Folder 64 SIEM manual information 10

Folder 65 SIEM manual information 11

Folder 66 SIEM manual information 12

Folder 67 SIEM manual information 13Aesthetics of Art

Folder 68 SIEM manual information 14

Folder 69 Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project, Inc.


Box 8: Organizations (Continued)

Folder 1 Sonyatone Records

Folder 2 The Tennessean, The People & their Land

Folder 3 Tennessee Artist and Craftsmen Association

Folder 4 Tennessee Arts Commission

Folder 5 Tennessee Aquarium

Folder 6 Tennessee Folklore Society

Folder 7 Tennessee Wesleyan College

Folder 8 Tennvale Records

Folder 9 United Way Rhea County

Folder 10 The Wiggins Memorial Fund

Folder 11 Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts


Box 9: Musicians & Bands Alphabetical listings by last name, first name

Folder 1 Acuff, Roy

Folder 2 Adcock, Eddie & Martha

Folder 3 Adkins, Tom

Folder 4 Allen, Harley Red

Folder 5 Atkins, Chet

Folder 6 Austin, Judy

Folder 7 Bailes Brothers

Folder 8 Bailey Brothers & the Morgans

Folder 9 Baker, Sandra

Folder 10 Ball, Patrick

Folder 11 Blake, Norman & Nancy

Folder 12 Boosinger, Laura

Folder 13 Bowen, Robin Huw

Folder 14 Brewer, Carl

Folder 15 Bright, Fletcher

Folder 16 Brown, Ed

Folder 17 Bryson, Wally

Folder 18 Burke, Susie

Folder 19 Burns, Jethro

Folder 20 Busby, Buzz

Folder 21 Campbell, Phil

Folder 22 Cantrell, Al & Emily

Folder 23 Carawan, Guy, Candy, & Evan

Folder 24 Carmack, Richard

Folder 25 Carol, Bonnie

Folder 26 Carter, Bill

Folder 27 Carter Family

Folder 28 Cas Walker Show

Folder 29 Case Brothers

Folder 30 Champion, Paul

Folder 31 Citigo

Folder 32 Clements, Vassar

Folder 33 Clements, Zeke

Folder 34 Clifton, Bill

Folder 35 Cline, Charlie Lonesome Pine Fiddlers

Folder 36 Cluster Pluckers

Folder 37 Coe, Pete

Folder 38 Cole, Jack

Folder 39 Connally, John

Folder 40 Connor, Jim

Folder 41 Cooper, Jim

Folder 42 Cotten, Libba

Folder 43 The Country Gentlemen

Folder 44 Cousin Wilbur & Blondie Brooks

Folder 45 Critton Hollow

Folder 46 Cullis, Ed

Folder 47 Culver, Joe

Folder 48 Dautry, Jim

Folder 49 Davis, Buddy

Folder 50 Davis, Stephen

Folder 51 Dawson, Zeke

Folder 52 Days, Reginald Reggie

Folder 53 Delmore Brothers

Folder 54 Dismembered Tennesseeans

Folder 55 Douglas, Bob

Folder 56 Dow, Nick

Folder 57 Duer, Shirley

Folder 58 Dula, Tom

Folder 59 Dunton Sisters

Folder 60 Emerson, Bill & Kelly

Folder 61 Erbsen, Wayne

Folder 62 Espinola, Tom

Folder 63 Faircloth, Charles Peanut

Folder 64 Fiddlers Grove

Folder 65 Fink, Cathy

Folder 66 Flatt & Scruggs

Folder 67 Foote, Tom

Folder 68 Foster Family

Folder 69 Fox, Curly

Folder 70 Foxfire/Eliot Wigginton

Folder 71 Franks, Randall

Folder 72 Freundlich, Susan sign language artist

Folder 73 Gerrard, Alice & Hazel Dickens

Folder 74 Goins, Meredith

Folder 75 Grier, Lamar

Folder 76 Grisman, David

Folder 77 Guthrie, Arlo

Folder 78 Haden, Darrell Singing Professor

Folder 79 Haggard, Merle

Folder 80 Hall, Dixie & Tom

Folder 81 Hambly, Scott

Folder 82 Harmony Sisters

Folder 83 Harrell, Bill

Folder 84 Hartford, John

Folder 85 Heart & Hands

Folder 86 Henry, Red & Murphy

Folder 87 Hicks, Curtis

Folder 88 Holt, David

Folder 89 Hoover, Elmer

Folder 90 Hunt, Raymond

Folder 91 Jones, Tom & Angel Newell

Folder 92 Keith, Bill

Folder 93 Kling, Marcia

Folder 94 Krise, Speedy

Folder 95 Lewis Family

Folder 96 Longworth, Mike & Paul Hopkins

Folder 97 Louvin Brothers

Folder 98 Lucas, Randy

Folder 99 Lundy, Ted, Bob Paisley & Southern Mt. Boys

Folder 100 Maple on the Hill

Folder 101 Marc Pruett Band

Folder 102 Martin, Jimmy

Folder 103 McConnell, Doc

Folder 104 McCoury, Del

Folder 105 McCutcheon, John

Folder 106 McGinley, Danny

Folder 107 McNeil, Maddie

Folder 108 McReynolds, Jim & Jesse

Folder 109 Monroe, Bill

Folder 110 OConnor, Mark

Folder 111 ODay, Molly & Skeets Williamson

Folder 112 Osborne Brothers

Folder 113 Pickett, Otis

Folder 114 Pinion, Thomas Boxcar

Folder 115 Poole, Charlie

Folder 116 Puckett, Riley

Folder 117 Rager, Mose & Laverda

Folder 118 Ragtime Millionaires Scott & Mark

Folder 119 Ramona Jones & Grandpa

Folder 120 Rector, Red William

Folder 121 Red Clay Ramblers

Folder 122 Red River Dave McEnery

Folder 123 Reno, Don and Red Smiley

Folder 124 Rita & Rufus


Box 10 : Musicians & Bands (Continued)

Folder 1 Roberts, Dalton

Folder 2 Rodgers, Jimmie

Folder 3 Rogers, James

Folder 4 Rogers, Sally

Folder 5 Rogers, Will

Folder 6 Rousseau, Bernie

Folder 7 Rucker, Sparky

Folder 8 Russell, Keith

Folder 9 Sarrell, Andrew & Don

Folder 10 Sawtooth Mountain Boys

Folder 11 Seeger, Mike, Pete & Peggy

Folder 12 Shelton, Allen

Folder 13 Siminoff, Roger

Folder 14 Skaggs, Ricky

Folder 15 Smith, Betty

Folder 16 Smith, Kennett

Folder 17 Sparks, Larry Lonesome Ramblers

Folder 18 Spring, Sally

Folder 19 Stanley Brothers

Folder 20 Star, Orrin

Folder 21 Stonemans

Folder 22 Story, Carl

Folder 23 Striker, Arthur Art

Folder 24 Sturgills

Folder 25 Tack, Bob & Mary

Folder 26 Joe Taylor Family (Taylor, Joe)

Folder 27 Thomas, Tommy & Bonnie Jean

Folder 28 Thompson, Luke

Folder 29 Tillman, Max

Folder 30 Tottle, Jack

Folder 31 Turner, Grant

Folder 32 Utah Phillips

Folder 33 Van Der Puy, Mark

Folder 34 Vernon, Bill

Folder 35 Wakefield, Frank

Folder 36 Watson, Arthel Doc

Folder 37 Wernick, Peter

Folder 38 West, Harry & Jeanie

Folder 39 White, Clarence

Folder 40 Williams, Benny

Folder 41 Williams, Doc & Chickie

Folder 42 Wills, Bob

Folder 43 Wiseman, Mac

Folder 44 Witt, Elise

Folder 45 Wolfe, Charles

Folder 46 York, Alvin C.

Folder 47 Miscellaneous artists/groups


Box 11: Oversized Oversized manuscripts containing performers, subjects, newspapers, etc.


Box 12: Artifact Railroad spike from near the Carter Family home


Materials Cataloged Separately

Per Center policy, certain formats are filed and cataloged separately for accessibility. Examples of these materials from this collection include sound recordings, videos, serials, performance documents, photographs, trade catalogs, and books. [For a complete list of separated materials, please contact the archivist.]



Unless otherwise noted in the folder and box list, the arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order. Digital files are located on the CPM server, organized by accession number.



These materials are located among the manuscripts arranged in twelve boxes by accession number. Folders are listed alphabetically and by subject.


Related Materials

Other related materials in the CPM collection include the Bill Harrison Collection, Lance LeRoy Collection, a collection of videos and photographs related to Bill Monroe, Tennessee Banjo Institute Collection, Tennessee Banjo Institute Records and photographs, TN Valley Old Time Fiddlers Competition, Tennessee Old Time Fiddlers Convention, and Uncle Dave Macon Days collections.











Processed By

Processed by Emily Boersma, March 2016.


Fiddling--Southern States, Old-time music, Old-time music--Tennessee, Fiddler's Convention, Fiddling--Competitions, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Folklife Festival--Smithsonian, Chattanooga (Tenn.), Bluegrass, Country and western music, Luthiers, Tennessee, Bluegrass unlimited--Indexes., Tennessee Banjo Institute


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