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Ivey Peterson:

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 30, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Peterson, Ivey
Title:Ivey Peterson papers
Dates: circa 1935-1963
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract:Radio personality Ivey Peterson appeared on Atlanta's WSB Radio from 1941, serving as sometime master of ceremonies for the WSB "Barn Dance" and later appearing as one of the new cast members on "Barn Dance" when the show was revived in 1952. Peterson, who died in 1991, also co-owned a popular Atlanta country music nightspot, the Covered Wagon. His papers consist of correspondence, handbills, news clippings and songbooks (all in photocopied form), and 44 photographs of handbills and of Peterson and other performers.
Identification: M044

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Ivey C. Peterson papers consist of four folders of printed materials relating to Peterson and his career in country music. The first of these folders contains correspondence dating from the early 1940s and early 1950s. In the second folder are several undated handbills advertising various shows in which Peterson appeared. News clippings from the early 1940s and 1963 are found in the third folder. The last folder contains two songbooks, both of which are dated 1940. All these materials are photocopies.

Also included in these papers are forty-four images, some of which are handbills advertising various country music shows. Most of the remainder are individual photographs of Peterson, pictures of Peterson in various country music groups, or photos of other contemporary country music groups. These images are copies made from the originals.

Biography of Ivey Peterson

Radio personality Ivey Peterson, best known to listeners as his alter ego, Herman "Horsehair" Buggfuzz, was born in Birmingham, Alabama on December 30, 1910. Peterson played both guitar and upright bass, performing with Atlanta's Peachtree Cowboys and on WSB Radio with The Ranch Boys, a western-swing group, in 1941. It was on WSB, as Herman "Horsehair" Buggfuzz, that Peterson gained popular appeal. Peterson enjoyed a long career with the station, serving as sometime master of ceremonies for the WSB "Barn Dance" and later appearing as one of the new cast members on "Barn Dance" when the show was revived in 1952. Ivey Peterson was a co-owner of a popular Atlanta country music nightspot, the Covered Wagon, along with brothers and fellow country performers Mac and Bobby Atcheson. Peterson died in 1991.

Further information on Ivey Peterson can be found in Wayne Daniel, Pickin' on Peachtree (Urbana and Chicago: 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.

Peterson, Ivey--Archives.
WSB (Radio station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Country music--Georgia --Atlanta --20th century.
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], Ivey Peterson papers, M044, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ivey Peterson, May 2, 1985 (M1985-10).

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.

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