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Tex Forman:

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 1987

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:Forman, Tex
Title:Tex Forman papers
Dates: 1939-1984 [bulk, 1939-1940s]
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract:Originally from Kentucky, Other Woodrow "Tex" Forman worked as a member of several country bands. In Atlanta, Forman was known as one of Pop Eckler's bandmates, appearing as part of Pop Eckler and His Young'Uns on WSB's "Cross Roads Follies" show in 1936. His papers contain twenty-eight photographs and photocopies of songbooks and lyrics, handbills, and articles.
Identification: M037

Scope and Content of the Papers

The printed materials consist of: a collection of photocopies of fifteen songbooks containing various country, cowboy, and gospel songs; six oversize handbills; and four folders of printed materials relating to "Tex" Forman's career in country music. The first of these folders contains original copies of handbills dating from the late 1930s and 1940s that advertise shows featuring groups of which Forman was a member. Enclosed in the second folder are photocopies of clippings, handbills, and journal articles documenting Forman's professional activities. The third folder contains a partial copy of an advertisement read on KTBS-KWKH radio in the 1940s. Photocopies of several songs and lyrics by various songwriters are found in the fourth folder.

The twenty-eight images that form the non-print portion of these papers are mainly photographs of Tex Forman with members of the various groups of which he was a member, or of other individuals and groups that were active in country music. The last image is a photograph of a handbill advertising "A Big Radio Jamboree," a presentation from KWKH, Shreveport. All the images are copies made from Forman's originals.

Biography of Tex Forman

Other Woodrow "Tex" Forman was born in Pargon, Kentucky, on September 15, 1915. In 1931, Forman worked his own show, "The Sixteen-Year-Old Hillbilly," on WMAN Radio in Mansfield, Ohio, singing and playing guitar and harmonica. Later he worked as a member of several country bands, including Reedy Reed, the Prairie Pals, the Pine Ridge Boys and the Ohio Valley Boys. In Atlanta, Forman was known as one of Pop Eckler's bandmates, appearing as part of Pop Eckler and His Young'Uns on WSB's "Cross Roads Follies" show in 1936. In 1937, Forman won a national yodeling contest at the Atlanta City Auditorium.

For further information on Forman, see Wayne Daniel, "Tex Foreman [sic] and Curley Collins Remember Pop Eckler and His Young'Uns," JEMF Quarterly XVI/59 (in the Ephemera file, Popular Music Collection).

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.

Eckler, Pop.
Forman, Tex--Archives.
WSB (Radio station : Atlanta, Ga.)
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], Tex Forman Papers, M037, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tex Forman, March 5, 1985 (M1985-02).

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

Curley Collins Collection, M190, 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 songbooks was separated to the Popular Music Collection Songbook Collection. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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