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Grady and Hazel Cole papers

Identifier: M050

Scope and Content of the Papers

The printed portion of these papers is made up of nineteen folders containing papers relating to the lives and careers of Grady and Hazel Cole. The first folder contains a one-page undated excerpt from an autobiographical statement by Grady Cole. The remainder consists of correspondence, contracts, invoices, and news clippings, as well as single copies of sheet music, song lyrics, and songbooks written by the Coles and other country musicians. All these materials are photocopies of the originals provided by the Coles' son, Jack.

Two cassette tapes and twenty-four images form the non-print portion of these papers. The tapes feature Grady, Hazel, and Jack Cole and their music; the images include handbills, sheet music covers, and miscellaneous items, as well as pictures of the Coles alone or with other country musicians. The images are copies of the originals.


  • circa 1935-1976


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 Grady and Hazel Cole

Henry W. Grady Cole was born August 26, 1909, in La Fayette, Georgia. A self-taught guitarist and vocalist, Cole primarily performed with his wife, Hazel, in a duet capacity and later as part of a trio when the Coles' son, Jackie, joined his parents as a performer. Before working on Atlanta's WGST and eventually, on WNOX in Knoxville, Tennessee, Grady Cole had written numerous songs and published many popular music songbooks. While on WGST, the Coles proved enormously popular, garnering more fan mail than any other group on the station at the time. Besides performing as a duet act, Grady and Hazel Cole worked with other acts, including the Blue Ridge Mountain Boys, Lost John Miller and the Allied Kentuckians, and other solo performers such as Riley Puckett and Gid Tanner. Grady Cole died on August 31, 1981.


0.42 Linear Feet (in 20 folders)

Language of Materials



Henry W. Grady Cole (1909-1981) was a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, who primarily performed with his wife, Hazel. Later their son, Jackie, joined his parents as a performer. The Coles became popular on Atlanta's WGST and later performed on WNOX in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Cole papers include an autobiographical statement by Grady Cole, correspondence, contracts, invoices, news clippings, sheet music and lyrics written by the Coles and others, and 24 images of handbills, sheet music covers, and pictures of the Coles and other musicians.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jack Cole, October 22, 1985 (M1985-18).

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.

Separated Materials:

During processing various materials were separated to other Popular Music and Culture Music Collections. Please contact Special Collections for access.

Popular Music Sound Recordings Collection

  1. Songs by Grady and Hazel Cole
  2. Cole Family Trio: Grady and Hazel Cole


Further information on Grady Cole can be found in:
  • 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, August 13, 1987.
Grady and Hazel Cole:
A Guide to Their Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
August 13, 1987
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Revision Statements

  • August 1998: Finding aid revised.
  • June 2008: EAD finding aid create by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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