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Wayne W. Daniel collection

Identifier: M108

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Wayne W. Daniel collection contains manuscript copies of the book Pickin' on Peachtree, audio cassette recordings of oral histories, photographs, posters and event flyers, commercial and non-commercial sound recordings, as well as commercial and non-commercial video recordings. The bulk of the collection is made up of Dr. Daniel's research files that he utilized to write his numerous articles and papers on country music as well as Pickin' on Peachtree.

A large number of books, periodicals, sheet music, and song folios are separated from the collection. The books cover the topics of Country and Western music, folk music, blues, Southern gospel music, bluegrass music, phonographs, hymns, the Grand Ole Opry and individuals such as Doc Watson, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and others. The periodicals explore the subjects of country music, bluegrass music, blues, gospel music, and various instruments. The sheet music consists of country and popular songs, and the song folios include collections of music by the Southern Music Company, Roy Acuff, Bob Nolan, Raymond Tate, and many others.


  • 1891 - 2007


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.
Part of this collection (Vogue Picture Discs) is stored off-site. Contact the archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Biography of Wayne W. Daniel

Dr. Wayne W. Daniel (1929-), Professor Emeritus, Decision Sciences, Georgia State University, maintained concurrently a long-time avocational interest in country music. The author of more than two-hundred articles on country music, bluegrass music, and Southern gospel music in such publications as Bluegrass Unlimited, Journal of Country Music, and The Devil's Box, his definitive book on the history of country music in Atlanta, Pickin' On Peachtree (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press), was published in 1990 and reprinted in paperback in 2000. He has also written over 15 books on statistics and Decision Sciences.


57.8 Linear Feet (in 141 boxes)

Language of Materials


Organization of the Collection

Organized into 5 series: (I) Manuscripts, (II) Oral histories, (III) Research Files, (IV) Visual Materials, and (V) Audio-Visual Recordings.

Source of Aquisition

Donated by Wayne W. Daniel in 28 accessions between 1990 and 2017.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Cotton Carrier papers, circa 1940-1950; 1984 (M029)
  2. Billy Carrier papers, circa 1935-1957 (M032)
  3. Harpo Kidwell papers, 1937-1978 (M033)
  4. Tex Forman papers, 1939-1984 (M037)
  5. Boots Woodall photographs, circa 1940-circa 1960 (M039)
  6. Bobby Atcheson papers, 1932-1973 (M040)
  7. Jack Holden papers, circa 1939-circa 1976 (M041)
  8. Hoyt Pruitt papers, 1940s-1960s (M042)
  9. Doug Spivey papers, circa 1930s-circa 1940s (M043)
  10. Ivey Peterson papers, circa 1935-1963 (M044)
  11. Riley Puckett collection, circa 1925-1946; undated (M047)
  12. Grady and Hazel Cole papers, circa 1935-1976 (M050)
  13. Chick Kimball papers, circa 1942-1949 (M051)
  14. Eddie Wallace papers, 1940-1983 (M054)
  15. Gene Wiggins photograph collection, 1920s-1960s (M056)
  16. Ruel Parker papers, circa 1955-1986 (M057)
  17. Clayton McMichen papers, 1944-1984 (M059)
  18. Katherine Smith collection on Claude Davis, 1932; undated (M106)
  19. Curley Collins collection, 1928-1956; 1964-1969; 1975-2002 (M190)
  20. WSB Radio records, 1920-1985 (M004)

Separated Materials

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


  1. Numerous books and monographs on early country music, western swing, bluegrass, and gospel have been added to the Special Collections Books. Please see the catalog for access.


  1. Numerous songbooks and song folios have been added to the Special Collections Books. See the online catalog for access.


  1. Numerous country and western, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and radio periodicals have been added to the Popular Music and Culture Periodicals collection. Please consult the online catalog or the finding aid (Music Printed Collection: Periodicals) for access.

Sheet Music

  1. Many pieces of sheet music written or made famous by country music artisits have been added to the Popular Music Sheet Music collection. See the Sheet Music Database for access.

Sound Recordings

  1. Various commercial sound recordings have been separated to the Popular Music and Culture Sound Recording collection.

Video Recordings

  1. Various video recordings have been separated to the Popular Music and Culture Video collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher A. Paton, Christine de Catanzaro, Casey Cater, Laura Botts, and Amanda Brown at the file level, September 1998; December 2001; 2003-2007.
Wayne W. Daniel:
A Guide to His Collection at Georgia State University Library
Under Revision
Georgia State University Library
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • Winter/Spring 2017: Electronic finding aid edited by Hal Hansen.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2881 (Fax)