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Ivey Peterson papers

Identifier: M044

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Ivey C. Peterson papers consist of four folders of printed materials relating to Peterson and his career in country music. The first of these folders contains correspondence dating from the early 1940s and early 1950s. In the second folder are several undated handbills advertising various shows in which Peterson appeared. News clippings from the early 1940s and 1963 are found in the third folder. The last folder contains two songbooks, both of which are dated 1940. All these materials are photocopies.

Also included in these papers are forty-four images, some of which are handbills advertising various country music shows. Most of the remainder are individual photographs of Peterson, pictures of Peterson in various country music groups, or photos of other contemporary country music groups. These images are copies made from the originals.


  • Creation: circa 1935-1963


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 Ivey Peterson

Radio personality Ivey Peterson, best known to listeners as his alter ego, Herman "Horsehair" Buggfuzz, was born in Birmingham, Alabama on December 30, 1910. Peterson played both guitar and upright bass, performing with Atlanta's Peachtree Cowboys and on WSB Radio with The Ranch Boys, a western-swing group, in 1941. It was on WSB, as Herman "Horsehair" Buggfuzz, that Peterson gained popular appeal. Peterson enjoyed a long career with the station, serving as sometime master of ceremonies for the WSB "Barn Dance" and later appearing as one of the new cast members on "Barn Dance" when the show was revived in 1952. Ivey Peterson was a co-owner of a popular Atlanta country music nightspot, the Covered Wagon, along with brothers and fellow country performers Mac and Bobby Atcheson. Peterson died in 1991.


0.2 Linear Feet (in 7 folders)

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Radio personality Ivey Peterson appeared on Atlanta's WSB Radio from 1941, serving as sometime master of ceremonies for the WSB "Barn Dance" and later appearing as one of the new cast members on "Barn Dance" when the show was revived in 1952. Peterson, who died in 1991, also co-owned a popular Atlanta country music nightspot, the Covered Wagon. His papers consist of correspondence, handbills, news clippings and songbooks (all in photocopied form), and 44 photographs of handbills and of Peterson and other performers.

Off-Site Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ivey Peterson, May 2, 1985 (M1985-10).

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.


Further information on Ivey Peterson can be found in:
  • Daniel, Wayne. Pickin' on Peachtree (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990).
Ivey Peterson:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
October 1987
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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