October 18, 2021

Library of Congress Acquires Marty Stuart’s Audio-Visual Collection of Country Music History

From LC:

Grand Ole Opry star and multiple Grammy Award winner Marty Stuart has amassed one of the largest private collections of memorabilia documenting country-music history. The Library of Congress announced today that the world’s largest library has acquired hundreds of hours of historic country-music footage, recordings and other audio-visual materials from Stuart’s vast collection. The Marty Stuart Collection will complement the Library’s existing collections from such iconic performers as Pete Seeger, Les Paul, Max Roach, Gerry Mulligan, Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope.

The audio-visual collection features more than 100 hours of footage shot on the road, including at the Grand Ole Opry; complete television episodes of “The Johnny Cash Show,” “Flatt and Scruggs Grand Ole Opry” and the “Marty Stuart Show”; rare home movies of the Lester Flatt Band on tour; and music videos from throughout Stuart’s career, including the songs “Tempted,” “Little Things” and “Burn Me Down.” Stuart donated portions of the collection and the rest was acquired via purchase.

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The audio-visual collection features more than 100 hours of footage shot on the road, including at the Grand Ole Opry; complete television episodes of “The Johnny Cash Show,” “Flatt and Scruggs Grand Ole Opry” and the “Marty Stuart Show”; rare home movies of the Lester Flatt Band on tour; and music videos from throughout Stuart’s career, including the songs “Tempted,” “Little Things” and “Burn Me Down.” Stuart donated portions of the collection and the rest was acquired via purchase.

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The Stuart audio-visual collection will be available to researchers in the Library’s Motion Picture and Television Reading Room in Washington, D.C. Processing of the collection continues, but much of it is currently available to researchers. The rest of Stuart’s large collection of country-music artifacts will be located at his birthplace at the Marty Stuart Center and Congress of Country Music Hall.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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