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Ruel Parker:

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

July 25, 1989

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:Parker, Ruel
Title:Ruel Parker papers
Dates: circa 1955-1986
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (in 2 box)
Abstract:Country musician Ruel Parker (1924-1991) played the fiddle, mandolin and bass with many groups and performed Atlanta and nationally broadcast radio programs. His papers contain news clippings, articles, and some biographical information about Parker and his brother, as well as eleven photographs of Parker and other country musicians.
Identification: M057

Scope and Content of the Papers

This collection consists of two folders of materials relating to Parker's career in the 1980s. Included are news clippings, articles, and some biographical information about Parker and his brother. Eleven photographs of Parker and other country musicians and three cassette tapes featuring the Radio Wranglers and Georgia Jamboree form the non-print portion of the collection.

Biography of Ruel Parker

Ruel Parker, born April 19, 1924, in Cartecay, Georgia, mastered the fiddle, mandolin and bass at an early age. Parker's dexterity with instruments proved useful. An active member of the Atlanta country music scene, he worked with many groups, including the Pioneer Boys, Baby Ray and the Country Cousins and Boots Woodall's Radio Wranglers. Later, he played with his own group, Ruel Parker's Rhythm Ranchers, and worked with such Atlanta favorites as the Swingbillies and the Peachtree Cowboys. Parker also performed on several radio programs. With Boots Woodall, he worked on Atlanta's WGST and later, as a member of the Swingbillies, on WLTV. Notably, Parker was heard as part of the "Georgia Jamboree," a nationally broadcast program on the Mutual Broadcasting System that was also transcribed for the United States Armed Forces Radio Service. He died March 14, 1991.

For further information see 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.

Parker, Ruel--Archives.
Woodall, Boots.
Swingbillies (Musical group).
Country music --Georgia --Atlanta --20th century.
Country musicians--Georgia.
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], Ruel Parker Papers, M057, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ruel Parker, March 24, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, July 25, 1989 (revised September 1998). EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty, June 2008.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

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, cassettes were separated to Popular Music Collection Sound Recordings. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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