Hillbilly Music
Source & Symbol

Archie Green:
"Hillbilly Music"
Guthrie Meade:
Music Sources

About the Site

The Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol website is based on an exhibit organized in April of 2002, as part of a conference surrounding the publication of Guthrie T. Meade's Country Music Sources. Recognizing that the exhibit provided a concise and thoughtful introduction to the roots of commercial country music, archivists at the Southern Folklife Collection decided it should be adapted to the web when the opportunity arose. The same resources would be used but the virtual exhibit would allow 78s to be seen and heard, documents to be more closely examined, and the materials in the exhibition to be accessed in a variety of ways. In addition, secondary sources used as references in creating the original exhibition could be integrated; these sources provide valuable context, and fit the online format where they would have felt out of place in the original exhibition. The website was completed in the fall of 2004.