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Dr. Marvin Donley Hart papers and audiocassettes

Identifier: AC-826

Scope and Contents

Dr. Marvin Donley Hart Papers and Audiocassettes contain books, audiocassettes, and correspondence, with the cassettes being a combination of his sermons, special singers or groups attending his church, or prerecorded gospel music for his friends, the Bowles. Per the dates on the cassettes, he mailed each week's sermon/talk and gospel music to the Bowles, most with notes which are found with correspondings numbers in folders. Some books from Dr. Hart's collection are filed with the collection as they have personalized messages/notes. The Library has copies of each book as part of its collection. There are also several reel-to-reel recordings.


  • 1956-2004, undated


All materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Biographical Note

Dr. Marvin Donley Hart was born in Ashe County, North Carolina in 1907. He was self-educated and earned degrees through correspondence school. Raised as a Primitive Baptist, he was a Southern Baptist minister for forty plus years in Ashe County, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. He served in the North Carolina General Assembly for Ashe County, as well as conducted a singing school and printed books about his family, his sermons, and Wilburn Waters.


18 Linear Feet (22 boxes)


This collection contains audiocassettes of Dr. Marvin Donley (M.D.) Hart's weekly sermons from 1981-2000 along with either his music, visiting singing groups' music, or prerecorded music, recorded for his friends, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bowles of Martinsville, Virginia.


The cassettes are numbered by date in 14 boxes with the papers/envelopes that wrapped them originally filed chronologically in folders in boxes 1-3. The reel-to-reels and books are in separate boxes.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was donated by Douglas Belcher, Martinsville, Virginia in 2003 and accessioned as AC.2003.045.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Virginia Johnson and Anita Elliott, February-March 2014. This collection was processed 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.826: Dr. Marvin Donley Hart Papers and Audiocassettes, 1956-2004, undated
Anita Elliott and Virginia Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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