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Bobby Atcheson:

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:Atcheson, Bobby
Title:Bobby Atcheson papers
Dates: 1932-1973 [bulk, 1940-1953]
Quantity: .4 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract:Fiddler/vocalist Bobby Atcheson (1920-1978) was a popular performer on the WSB "Barn Dance" radio program in the 1940s, and performed on WATL radio with his wife, Jane. His papers include correspondence, handbills, news clippings, and articles, and photographs of the Atchesons and other country music performers. The papers are photocopies of originals.
Identification: M040

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Bobby Atcheson papers contain correspondence, printed material and photographs. Six folders of photocopied printed materials contain correspondence, handbills, news clippings, and articles relating to country music in general and the careers of Bobby and Jane Atcheson in particular. The photographs consist of a large number of images of Atcheson either by himself or with his wife Jane, pictures of Atcheson with various groups, individual and group shots of other country musicians, some family photos, and approximately thirty images of handbills advertising country music shows in which Atcheson and other Atlanta country musicians appeared. All the photographs are copies made from the Atchesons' originals.

Biography of Bobby Atcheson

Fiddler/vocalist Bobby Atcheson, born April 1, 1920, near Dallas, Georgia, was a popular performer on the WSB "Barn Dance" radio program. Working on the show from 1944-46, Atcheson quickly became one of the program's most well-known musicians. On Atlanta's WATL, he and his wife, Jane, were featured as a vocal duo. Throughout his long career, Atcheson was a member of several country acts, including Bill Gatin's Jug Band; the Hoosier Playboys; Pop Eckler's Young'Uns; Pappy Slats's Kentucky Mountaineers; Uncle Billy Woods's Arkansas Travelers; the Peachtree Cowboys; and Lost John Miller and The Kentuckians. Atcheson, a still-life and landscape painter, began working in the art department at WSB-TV in 1962 and was a co-owner of Atlanta's popular Covered Wagon country music nightclub. He died in 1978.

For further information on Atcheson, 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.

Atcheson, Bobby--Archives
WSB (Radio station : Atlanta, Ga.)
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], Bobby Atcheson Papers, M040, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jane Atcheson, April 2, 1985 (M1985-05).

Processing Information

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

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: WSB Radio Records (M004)

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

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