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Harpo Kidwell:

A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

October 1984

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, June 27, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Kidwell, Harpo
Title:Harpo Kidwell papers
Dates: 1937-1978
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract:Horace "Harpo" Kidwell (1910-2003) was one of the most popular, well-known harmonica players active in Atlanta's early country music scene. He appeared on WSB Radio's "Cross Roads Follies" program, 1941-1953, and later on radio and television broadcasts from Cincinnati. His papers consist of fifty-two photographs, sheet music for one of his compositions, a letter, and photocopies of handbills, programs, a logbook, and clippings.
Identification: M033

Scope and Content of the Papers

These papers consist of fifty-two photographs, a single piece of sheet music, three folders of printed materials, and one oversize folder relating to Harpo Kidwell and his career in country music. Included in the photographs are images of Kidwell alone, of Kidwell with various groups with whom he performed, and of other contemporary country musicians. The sheet music is a photocopy of "Moss Covered Mill," with words and music by Pete Cassell and Harpo Kidwell. The first of the three folders contains a letter and photocopies of handbills, programs, and clippings about Kidwell and his appearances in Ohio and Georgia. The second folder includes photocopies of WLW log sheets from 1952. In the third folder is a photocopy of an undated magazine titled Country Song Roundup that includes an article on the "Midwestern Hayride," the WLW show in which Kidwell appeared during the 1950s.

The oversize folder contains photocopies of clippings and handbills documenting Kidwell's professional activities.

Biography of Harpo Kidwell

Horace "Harpo" Kidwell was born on December 18, 1910, in South Irvine, Kentucky. As a member of Glenn Hughes's Roundup Gang, Kidwell primarily established himself as one of the most popular, well-known harmonica players active in Atlanta's early country music scene. Along with harmonica, he played guitar and sang, appearing on WSB Radio's "Cross Roads Follies" program from 1941 to 1953, later moving north to work on WLW's "Midwestern Hayride," broadcast out of Cincinnati simultaneously on radio and television, and NBC's "Cincinnati Music Hall." His compositions include "Boo Hoo Blues" and "Harpo's Waltz." A 1987 inductee in the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, Harpo Kidwell died December 29, 2003, in Adairsville, Georgia.

Further information on Kidwell can be found in Wayne Daniel, Pickin' on Peachtree, (Chicago and Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1990).

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Kidwell, Harpo--Archives.
WSB (Radio station : Atlanta, Ga.)
WLW (Radio Station : Cincinnati, Ohio)
Country music --Georgia --Atlanta --20th century
Country musicians--United States
Atlanta (Ga.)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Harpo Kidwell Papers, M033, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Horace ("Harpo") Kidwell, October 1984 (M1984-19).

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, October 1987 (revised September 1998); EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty, June 27, 2008.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

WSB Radio Records, M003, Popular Music Collection

Wayne W. Daniel Papers, M108, Popular Music Collection

Also see the Atlanta Country Music Research Guide page on the Popular Music Collection website.

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, photocopied sheet music was separated to Popular Music Oversize Sheet Music Collection. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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