Bobby McMillon Collection

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Bobby McMillon Collection


Ballads, English--Appalachian Region, Southern
Folk musicians--North Carolina
Folk songs, English--Appalachian Region, Southern


This is a collection of photographs, documents, and audio recordings that document Bobby McMillon's performance and song collecting career, as well as his extensive research into local history and his family's genealogy.

Support for processing and digitizing this collection came from a South Arts grant and donations from friends of Bobby McMillon.


Bobby McMillon


Bobby McMillon Collection, Southern Appalachian Archives, Mars Hill University


Southern Appalachian Archives, Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, Mars Hill University


These items may be viewed, downloaded, and printed for personal and educational use, but any commercial use is prohibited without permission from the Southern Appalachian Archives, Mars Hill University. Questions may be directed to the Archivist at (828) 689-1262 or


North Carolina

Collection Items

Bobby McMillon with Guitar
This is a photograph of Bobby McMillon sitting in a living room and playing the guitar.

The Old Churchyard
This is a hand-transcribed version of the hymn, "The Old Churchyard." A note at the end of the transcription says that this was Maw Maw Phillips's favorite meeting house song.

This is a recording of the hymn, "The Old Churchyard," sung by Bobby McMillon.

Poster for the Seventh Annual A.P. - Sara - Maybelle Carter Memorial Festival and Craft Show
This is a poster for Poster for the Seventh Annual A.P. - Sara - Maybelle Carter Memorial Festival and Craft Show. Bobby McMillon is one of the artists listed as performing at the festival.

1916 Flood on the Catawba River
This is a handwritten copy of the lyrics to the song, "1916 Flood on the Catawba River." A note at the end of the lyrics says, "Composed by E.L. Fant, July 18, 1916, Two days after the flood."

Apple Jelly Recipe
This is a handwritten recipe for apple jelly.

Aunt Lou Brookshire
This is a handwritten biography of Aunt Lou Brookshire, Lula Holsclaw Brookshire.

He'll Teach Greenville Kids Old-Time Songs and Tales
This is a newspaper article about Bobby McMillon serving as artist-in-residence for Guntersville, Alabama schools. The article is mounted with a photograph of Bobby McMillon playing the guitar.

Bobby McMillon at 1982 World's Fair
This is a photograph of Bobby McMillon standing on a bridge playing a guitar with the Knoxville World's Fair Sunsphere in the background. At the bottom of the photograph are the words, "The 1982 World's Fair/ Knoxville, Tennessee, USA."

Bobby McMillon at National Book Day
This is a photograph of Bobby McMillon and many other people standing on the steps of the White House. In front of the group are First Lady Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington. The photograph is inscribed, "To Bobby with best…
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