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Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman collection

Identifier: AC-164

Scope and Contents

The Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman collection contains a variety of personal papers kept by the Wisemans, including travel accounts and a scrapbook. Scotty Wiseman's sheet music is in the collection as well, along with musical manuscripts, both typed and handwritten, of the Wiseman's original songs. There are photographs from their time on the WSB Barn Dance and movie sets. The collection also contains various musical instruments, record albums, and articles of clothing.


  • 1877-1971, undated


The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No Interlibrary loan.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections. The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Reproductions are made only for use as personal study or research. It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Biographical note

Lulu Belle and Skyland Scotty were the stage names of the 1930s-1950s era husband-and-wife country music duet nicknamed the 'Sweethearts of Country Music'. Lulu Belle was born Myrtle Eleanor Cooper on December 24, 1913 in Boone, North Carolina. Scotty was born Scott Wiseman on November 8, 1909 near Asheville, North Carolina. He attended Duke University and Fairmont State College. They were teamed by the staff of Chicago's WLS National Barn Dance and were later married in 1934. Lulu Belle was voted Radio Queen of 1936 and they had their own daily TV show. They also starred in seven motion pictures between 1938 and 1945. They remained popular until their retirement from music in 1958. Some of their popular songs include 'Whippoorwill Time', 'Remember Me', 'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?', 'Empty Christmas Stocking', and 'Mountain Dew'. Scotty worked as a teacher upon musical retirement and died in 1981 in Gainesville, Florida. Lulu Belle served two terms in the North Carolina legislature as the first woman ever elected from her district. She died in 1999 in Avery County, North Carolina. In 2014, Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman were posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


25 Linear Feet (9 boxes, 3 instrument cases)


The Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman Collection contains the Wisemans' personal papers, photographs, a scrapbook, sheet music, manuscript music, record albums, articles of clothing, and musical instruments.


This collection is divided into the following series: I. Personal Papers, II. Photographs and Illustrations, III. Sheet Music, IV. Music Manuscripts and Lyrics, V. Artifacts.

Missing Title

  1. Country music
  2. Country musicians
  3. Lulu Belle, 1913-
  4. Lulu Belle and Scotty
  5. Minstrel music
  6. Wiseman, Scotty, 1909-1981

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. The accession number is MSW. The original arrangement of the collection was originally made by Deborah Bell in 1994. Kathryn Staley adapted this arrangement and processed the collection in 2002. This collection was opened to the public on 22 September 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell, Kathryn Staley, 22 September 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, Rachel Critzer, 2005; Reprocessed with additions added and finding aid revised by Misa Giroux, February 2014. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
AC.164: Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman Collection, 1877 - 1971, undated
Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley, Rachel "Critter" Critzer
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

218 College Street
Boone U.S.A. - North Carolina 28608-2026 United States
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