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Bobby Atcheson papers

Identifier: M040

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Bobby Atcheson papers contain correspondence, printed material and photographs. Six folders of photocopied printed materials contain correspondence, handbills, news clippings, and articles relating to country music in general and the careers of Bobby and Jane Atcheson in particular. The photographs consist of a large number of images of Atcheson either by himself or with his wife Jane, pictures of Atcheson with various groups, individual and group shots of other country musicians, some family photos, and approximately thirty images of handbills advertising country music shows in which Atcheson and other Atlanta country musicians appeared. All the photographs are copies made from the Atchesons' originals.


  • Creation: 1932-1973
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1953


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Bobby Atcheson

Fiddler and vocalist Bobby Atcheson, born April 1, 1920, near Dallas, Georgia, was a popular performer on the WSB "Barn Dance" radio program. Working on the show from 1944-46, Atcheson quickly became one of the program's most well-known musicians. On Atlanta's WATL, he and his wife, Jane, were featured as a vocal duo. Throughout his long career, Atcheson was a member of several country acts, including Bill Gatin's Jug Band; the Hoosier Playboys; Pop Eckler's Young'Uns; Pappy Slats's Kentucky Mountaineers; Uncle Billy Woods's Arkansas Travelers; the Peachtree Cowboys; and Lost John Miller and The Kentuckians. Atcheson, a still-life and landscape painter, began working in the art department at WSB-TV in 1962 and was a co-owner of Atlanta's popular Covered Wagon country music nightclub. He died in 1978.

For further information on Atcheson, see Daniel, Wayne. Pickin' on Peachtree (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990).


0.4 Linear Feet (in 17 folders)

Language of Materials



Fiddler and vocalist Bobby Atcheson (1920-1978) was a popular performer on the WSB "Barn Dance" radio program in the 1940s, and performed on WATL radio with his wife, Jane. His papers include correspondence, handbills, news clippings, and articles, and photographs of the Atchesons and other country music performers. The papers are photocopies of originals.

Off-Site Storage

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jane Atcheson, April 2, 1985 (M1985-05).

Related Archival Materials

The Popular Music and Culture Collection includes numerous photographs that have been digitized and are available online in Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.


For further information on Atcheson, see:
  • Daniel, Wayne. Pickin' on Peachtree (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990).

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro at the file level, October 1987.

Bobby Atcheson:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
October 1987
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Repository Details

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