Ronald McConnell Collection, 1946-2003


Ronald McConnell Collection, 1946-2003


The Ronald McConnell Collection, held by the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University, consists of information and a sound recording relating to the musical career of Doc Addington and Carl McConnell (Doc and Carl, The Virginia Boys). There are biographies and autobiographies as well as an article about the Carter Family with Chet Atkins and a second article about Chet Atkins. The sound recording is an audiocassette of four shows aired by WRNL Radio in Richmond, Virginia. The audiocassette was made by a man named A.C. Griffith from WRNL transcription disks that were retrieved from a dumpster circa 2002.

The current digital collection contains a PDF file surrogate of the paper material and streaming access to MP3 files of the audiocassette created in 2022.


McConnell, Carl Patton (Person)


Ronald McConnell Collection, Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University




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ETSU Archives of Appalachia: AppMs-0636

Collection Items

Fifty-eight minute audiocassette recording of WRNL Radio spots featuring The Carter Sisters with The Virginia Boys, from 1946 and 1949.Digital file is available to stream here.

Material pertaining to Doc and Carl, The Virginia Boys
Folder contains:Barnett McConnell, Jr: "Remembering Doc Addington", undated Carl P. McConnell: "A Brief History of My Family and an Autobiographical Sketch of My Musical Life", undated Mabel Ruth Moore McConnell: "Musical Autobiography (1918 to about…
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