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Ruel Parker papers

Identifier: M057

Scope and Content of the Papers

This collection consists of two folders of materials relating to Parker's career in the 1980s. Included are news clippings, articles, and some biographical information about Parker and his brother. Eleven photographs of Parker and other country musicians and three cassette tapes featuring the Radio Wranglers and Georgia Jamboree form the non-print portion of the collection.


  • Creation: circa 1955-1986


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 Ruel Parker

Ruel Parker, born April 19, 1924, in Cartecay, Georgia, mastered the fiddle, mandolin and bass at an early age. Parker's dexterity with instruments proved useful. An active member of the Atlanta country music scene, he worked with many groups, including the Pioneer Boys, Baby Ray and the Country Cousins and Boots Woodall's Radio Wranglers. Later, he played with his own group, Ruel Parker's Rhythm Ranchers, and worked with such Atlanta favorites as the Swingbillies and the Peachtree Cowboys. Parker also performed on several radio programs. With Boots Woodall, he worked on Atlanta's WGST and later, as a member of the Swingbillies, on WLTV. Notably, Parker was heard as part of the "Georgia Jamboree," a nationally broadcast program on the Mutual Broadcasting System that was also transcribed for the United States Armed Forces Radio Service. He died March 14, 1991.


0.2 Linear Feet (in 3 folders)

Language of Materials



Country musician Ruel Parker (1924-1991) played the fiddle, mandolin and bass with many groups and performed Atlanta and nationally broadcast radio programs. His papers contain news clippings, articles, and some biographical information about Parker and his brother, as well as eleven photographs of Parker and other country musicians.

Off-Site Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ruel Parker, March 24, 1986.

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. Information about sound recordings can be found in the Georgia State University Library Catalog.

Popular Music Sound Recordings Collection

  1. Radio Wranglers-WGST (Side 1); John Liar Renfro Valley-CBS (Side 2) [M1986-08_1 Audiocassette]
  2. Georgia Jamboree-Mutual Network [M1986-08_2 Audiocassette]
  3. Georgia Jamboree-Mutual Network (Side 1); Georgia Jamboree (Side 2) [M1986-08_03 Audiocassette]


For further information 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, July 25, 1989.

Ruel Parker:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
July 25, 1989
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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