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Country, Western, and Bluegrass Music Collection

Identifier: MF185

Scope and Contents

This is an arbitrary collection of accessions created in June 2014 to bring together interviews that deal with country & western music. There are 44 series in NAFOH that relate to Country, Western, and Bluegrass Music, but 3 belong solely to this collection.


  • 1960s-2000s

Conditions Governing Access

For digitized items free from access restrictions, we are working to upload this material (pdfs, mp3s, jpgs) for public access, but it is an ongoing project. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, contact Special Collections (

Conditions Governing Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. Known restrictions on NA0365, NA0538, NA0546, NA0674, NA0677, NA2280, NA2605, NA2902, NA3302, and NA3862. See Special Collections librarian for more details.


3 items

Language of Materials



NA2365 Gene Hooper, interviewed by Joseph “Joe” Ogando, November 23, 1987, at Hooper’s home in Machias, Maine. Hooper talks about his career in country music; opinions; performing in Maine, Canada and West Virginia; radio stations in Maine and Canada; folk songs; songs from Great Britain; Victrola record player; country music versus country and western; Jimmie Rodgers; learning guitar; National Barn Dance; covering songs; audiences; country rock; selling out.

Text: 20 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2365_c1411_01, mfc_na2365_c1411_02 52 minutes

NA2438 Dick Curless and Gene Hooper, written by Joseph C. Ruff, summer 1996, Maine. A master’s thesis titled "Country Music in the Northeast: Two Careers” about Dick Curless and Gene Hooper.

Text: 104 pp. thesis

NA2572 By Maine Folklife Center, 1999, various locations, New England. 44 handbills, most printed on colored paper, announcing bluegrass and country music festivals to take place in New England states during 1999. The handbills were collected at the Hebron Pines Bluegrass Festival in Hebron, Maine on May 30, 1999. The bills are similar in format, listing bands who will be performing, giving dates, places, fees and other pertinent information. Some have photos of performers and bands.

Text: 41 pp. of handbills

Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

Related Materials

See NAFOH collections MF149: Country Music in New England/ Clifford R. Murphy Collection, MF076: Maine/Maritimes Folklore Collection, MF094 AY 123/AY 325 Country Music in Maine Series, and MF130 AY 125/ANT 325/ANT 425/AY 197/198 Oral History and Folklore: Fieldwork.

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.

Guide to Country, Western, and Bluegrass Music Collection
In Progress
Thomas Libby
May 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States