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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.


  • circa 1935-1963


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

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.

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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