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Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection, Series 4: Artists' Business Records

Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection, Series 4: Artists' Business Records

Descriptive Summary

Title: Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection, Series 4: Artists' Business Records
Creator: Georgia Music Hall of Fame
Inclusive Dates: 1930s-2000s
Language(s): English
Extent: 3 Linear Feet (6 boxes and 1 oversize folder )
Collection Number: ms3837_4
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame served as the state's official music museum from 1996 to 2011. Located in downtown Macon, the 48,000 square foot building was home to thousands of documents, instruments, sound recordings, and artifacts representing Georgia's vast and diverse music history.

Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller gathered state support for music culture and industry beginning in 1978, creating the Senate Music Recording Industry Study Committee and the Music Recording Industry Advisory Committee. These groups led to the formation of Georgia Music Week, and the first Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards were presented in 1979. These first awards, called "Georgy Awards," were presented to Ray Charles and the music producer Bill Lowery.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Miller, elected governor in 1990, continued the effort to honor Georgia's music legends by supporting the establishment of a museum. The legislature allocated $6.5 million and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority was created to head the project. The building officially opened in Macon on September 21, 1996 with a ceremony attended by Little Richard, Mike Mills and Bill Berry of R.E.M., the Pips, and Travis Tritt, among others.

The core collections of the museum were presented in a 12,000 square foot exhibit space called Tune Town. This area consisted of several "buildings" and sections bearing themes by genre or era in the state's music history. The Hall of Fame was also home to the Zell Miller Center for Georgia Music Studies, a library and archive for researchers.

In the 2000s the museum began to encounter financial difficulties, with decreasing revenue and low attendance. In 2010 the state legislature voted to cease funding for the museum, and bids were accepted from other cities to provide a site for it. When none of the bids were found to be suitable, the decision was made to close the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in June 2011.

Scope and Content

The Artists' Business Records series of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection encompasses the correspondence, contracts, office files, and related papers associated with music industry figures in Georgia. A significant portion of the collection pertains the work of Jarvis Felton, producer for Elvis Presley from 1966-1977. Most of Felton's records document recording sessions and tours throughout the 1970s. Another large portion of the collection relates to comedian and singer Elsie Griner, Jr. of Nashville, Georgia, better known as "Miss Peaches."

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by artist.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

After the Georgia Music Hall of Fame's closing in June 2011, the bulk of the collections were sent to the University of Georgia Libraries for storage. Ownership of the materials was officially transferred to the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in December 2013.

Preferred Citation

Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection, ms3837, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2014.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Georgia Music Hall of Fame
Griner, Elsie, Jr., 1924-2011
Jarvis, Felton, 1934-1981
Office files.
Popular music.
Press releases.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Abernathy, Lee Roy - Zell Miller sympathy letter after Abernathy's death, 1933
12Allman, Gregg - correspondence and files
13Allman Brothers Band - press releases
14Atlanta Pops - correspondence
15B-52s - B-52s Universe advance copy
16Bell, William - Stax publicity photo
17Boatwright, McHenry - correspondence and files
18Bone, Mike - "Ban the Box" papers, 1990
19Bone, Mike - correspondence and press releases
110Bone, Mike - Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) ratings
111Bright, Warren - correspondence
111aBuchanan, Lester - Country Music Foundation files
112Buie, Buddy - correspondence
113Burnside, Ronnie - manuscript for "Music in Eighteenth Century Georgia" book
114Capricorn Records - public relations files
115Carrier, Joseph "Cotton" - correspondence and WSB materials
116Classics IV - BBC press release
117Cochran, Wayne - discography
118Collective Soul - music video production scripts
119Confederate Records - financial statements
120Cooley, Alex - Zell Miller letter, 1994 November 30
121Cooley, Alex - music venues & acts compiled by Mike Tuohy as printed in The Great Speckled Bird, 1971-1975
122Crazy Horse, Kandia - "Taller," Black Crowes mailing list materials
123Dixie Dregs - public relations files
124Faircloth, Charlie "Peanut" - Letter, 1947 November 13
2Felton, Jarvis - Elvis Presley recording and concert files, 1970-1977
1Felton, Jarvis - Elvis Presley wall calendar with notes and appointments, 1978
125Franks, Randall - correspondence
126Gordy, Emory - contracts and correspondence
127Gordy, Emory - day calendar , 1973
128Gray, "Royce" Fonze - lyrics
31-2Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - bound lyrics and explanations, volumes 1-2
41Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - correspondence, A-H
42Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - correspondence, J-Z
8Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - assorted correspondence and notes
43-4Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - lyrics
45Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - Benson, John T. Publishing Co.
46Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - Hill and Range Songs, Inc.
51-2Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - Chief Jesters
53Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - artwork
54Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - radio playlists
55Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - Miss Peaches' Cafe
56Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - photographs
57Griner, Elsie (Miss Peaches) - miscellaneous writings
71Guttenberger, A. Ferdinand - music business ledger, 1945-1946
72Haines, Connie - Script scrapbook
129Hodges, Alex - Record World Dialogue
130Jarvis, Felton - birth certificate
131Jenkins, Johnny - promotional bio
132Johnson, George - correspondence, 1930s
133Kelly, Emma - letter from Bill Clinton
134Lee, Brenda - fan mail and handwritten lyrics for "I'm Sorry" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
135Lee, Brenda - Warner Brothers promo packet
136Lewis Family - correspondence
137Lowery, Bill/Lowery Group
138Lynyrd Skynyrd - 1976 tour and band history
139McClinton, Delbert
140Paragon Agency
141Paul Revere and the Raiders - script for episode of "Where the Action Is", 1966 October 5
142R. E. M. - correspondence
143Reed, Jerry - Bat 21 script
61Reed, Jerry - What Comes Around script
62Roe, Tommy - Correspondence, fan club materials, and television script
8aRoe, Tommy - greeting cards
9Roe, Tommy - correspondence, photographs, Where the Action Is
63Sea Level - press release for "Sea Level Airborn Sets Pace for LP Breakout" by Mark Pucci, 1978 February 9
64Scruggs, Earl - Earl Scruggs Revue
65South, Joe - contract with Chart Records at Bradley's Studio, Nashville, 1962 August 2
66Stardusters - correspondence
67Stevens, Ray - AFM Contract between Ray Stevens and Henry County High School for appearance, 1960 November 5
68Sweet Soul Music
69Thomas, Ida - correspondence and files
610Uncle Ned - bio information
611Wallace, Sam - files and correspondence, 1955-1971
612Weller, Freddy - Freddy talk
613Various business records