Randy Atcher Collection, ca.1890-ca.2000

Abstract

Born in Tip Top, Kentucky in 1918, Randy Atcher became a Louisville radio star and a television pioneer. Mostly associated with "Hayloft Hoedown," the Crusade for Children Telethon, and the "T-Bar-V" children's show, Atcher eventually went on to narrate over 600 non-fiction books for Louisville's Printing House for the Blind. Atcher died on 9 October 2002.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Randy Atcher Collection, ca.1890-ca.2000
Creator
Atcher, Randy (Randall I.), 1918-2002
Extent
4 cubic feet, plus one (1) oversized box
Subjects
Atcher, Randy
Atcher, Bob
Atcher Family
Brooks, Thomas ("Cactus"), d. 1977
Autry, Gene, 1907
Rogers, Roy, 1911-
Rogers, Dale Evans
Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977
Cohn, Nudie, 1902-1984
Hayloft Hoedown
T-Bar-V Ranch
Old Kentucky Barn Dance
WHAS-TV (Television station : Louisville, Ky.)
United States. Army Air Forces
American Printing House for the Blind (Louisville, Ky.)
Crusade for Children (Louisville, Ky.)
Muscular Dystrophy Association
World War, 1939-1945 - Aerial operations, American
Country music - 20th century
Bluegrass music - 20th century
Cowboy - Songs and music
Radio programs - Kentucky
Television programs - Kentucky
Audiobooks - Kentucky
Louisville (Ky.)
West Point (Ky.)
Audiotapes (aat)
Film (aat)
Photographs (aat)
Destry Rides Again
Santa Rides a Snow White Pony
Finding Aid Author
Processed by L. Hollingsworth; machine-readable finding aid created by Margie Plarr
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Born in Tip Top, Kentucky in 1918, Randy Atcher became a Louisville radio star and a television pioneer. Mostly associated with "Hayloft Hoedown," the Crusade for Children Telethon, and the "T-Bar-V" children's show, Atcher eventually went on to narrate over 600 non-fiction books for Louisville's Printing House for the Blind. Atcher died on 9 October 2002.
Scope and Content
The Randy Atcher Collections contains the personal and professional papers, photographs, audio and film tape, and ephemera that document the career and life of Randy Atcher. A noted Louisville country western musician, radio and television performer, and local personality, the Randy Atcher collection includes photographs of Atcher family members from the late 1800s through Randy Atcher's life, radio and television scripts, correspondence and fan mail, Atcher's military records, etc. The collection is housed in four (4) cubic foot boxes and one flat oversized box.
Donated by Mrs. Randy (Elizabeth T.) Atcher

Contents of the Collection

Series 1 - Over-sized materials, photographs, etc.

Oversized studio photographs, magazines, certificates

n.d. - Framed photo of 3 women each with a musical instrument (guitar, accordion, & fiddle)

n.d. - Unframed photo of Randy Atcher standing, playing a guitar

n.d. - Unframed portrait photo of Randy Atcher

1962 Kentucky Colonel certificate

1993 "Seniority" magazine

1953 C-J Magazine on "Hayloft Howdown"

n.d. color photo of Randy looking at mountains

1936 WKU Van Meter Auditorium, Randy on right playing guitar

1958 Rolled photo of Randy and young man (son?) playing guitar

Series 2 - Official Personal and Military Papers

Collection provenance and Randy Atcher timeline

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Birth certificate & High School diploma

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Atcher Family

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Randy Atcher. United States Army Air Force. Personnel records. 1943-1946

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Randy Atcher. United States Army Air Force. Papers, 1940-1945

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Series 3 - Correspondence

Personal Correspondence, 1942,1946

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Randy Atcher. United States Army Air Force. Papers, 1945-1946

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Randy Atcher. United States Army Air Force. Papers, 1946-1956

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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Randy Atcher. United States Army Air Force. Notes, Instructions, Procedures. n.d.

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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Daphne Atcher. Papers. 1946

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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Fan letters & correspondence, 1938

  • Box 1, Folder 11
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Fan letters & correspondence, January-February, 1940

  • Box 1, Folder 12
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Fan letters & correspondence, May-August, 1940

  • Box 1, Folder 13
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Fan letters & correspondence, September-December, 1940

  • Box 1, Folder 14
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Copies of old letters

  • Box 1, Folder 15
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Contract, royalty statements & correspondence, 1941

  • Box 1, Folder 16
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Correspondence. 1947

  • Box 1, Folder 17
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Business & personal correspondence, 1946-1968

  • Box 1, Folder 18
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Contracts, fan letters & correspondence, 1946-1949, 1965-1968

  • Box 1, Folder 19
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"Nudie" suit receipt. 1953

  • Box 1, Folder 20
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Letter from Elvis Presley's manager. 1955

  • Box 1, Folder 21
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Personal and business correspondence and fan mail. 1949-1991

  • Box 1, Folder 22
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Fan mail. 1950-1970

  • Box 1, Folder 23
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Correspondence and Press releases. 1953-1968

  • Box 1, Folder 24
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Fan correspondence. 1963-2003

  • Box 1, Folder 25
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Randy Atcher stationary - Letterhead and envelopes (Blank)

  • Box 1, Folder 26
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Series 4 - Shows

Shows, 1951-1972.

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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Old Kentucky Barn Dance. Scripts, 1956-1958

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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Ray Harm Show

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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WHAS Korean Children's Choir Program - 1954

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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Hoedown, misc.

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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T-Bar-V Show. Spring 1963

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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Last T-Bar-V show script

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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Tape excerpts

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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Children's Crusade & Hoedown & Show. 1965

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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Hayloft Hoedown scripts and promotional materials

  • Box 2, Folder 10
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Randy's Hoedown Special. Script. 1971

  • Box 2, Folder 11
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Battleground Show, 5 July 1987

  • Box 2, Folder 12
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Series 5 - Public Relations Materials

Advertisements, press releases, etc. - 1950s - 1960s

  • Box 2, Folder 13
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Published materials

  • Box 2, Folder 14
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Public relations materials

  • Box 2, Folder 15
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Public relations promotional materials

  • Box 2, Folder 16
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Series 6 - Awards and certificates

MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Certificates of Merit and Appreciation

  • Box 2, Folder 17
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Talking Books award and correspondence

  • Box 2, Folder 18
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Certificates of appreciation and merit

  • Box 2, Folder 19
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Series 7 - Contracts and Royalties

Contract. 1941

  • Box 2, Folder 20
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Contracts and royalty amounts received

  • Box 2, Folder 21
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Library of Congress. Copyright. Certificates, 1940 & 1946

  • Box 2, Folder 22
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Series 8 - Music and audio recordings (paper records)

Original (?) music and lyrics, n.d.

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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Randy Atcher - Original music and lyrics

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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Original music

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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Campaign and advertizements

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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Original lyrics and music

  • Box 3, Folder 5
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Bibliographies

  • Box 3, Folder 6
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Pronunciation guides for audio tapes and reviews

  • Box 3, Folder 7
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Square Dance Calls

  • Box 3, Folder 8
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Lyrics and music (non-Atcher)

  • Box 3, Folder 9
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Poems, music & lyrics (non-Atcher) - loose

  • Box 3, Folder 10
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Poems, music & lyrics (non-Atcher) - Bound/printed

  • Box 3, Folder 11
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Poems, music & lyrics (non-Atcher) - Bound/printed

  • Box 3, Folder 12
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Poems, music & lyrics (non-Atcher) - Bound/printed

  • Box 3, Folder 13
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Series 9 - Non-radio and television activities

"Destry Rides Again" script. 1971

  • Box 3, Folder 14
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"Raintree County" World Premier

  • Box 3, Folder 15
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Department of the Army. Correspondence. 1966

  • Box 3, Folder 16
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Don-Rep Dispatch newspaper. 1966

  • Box 3, Folder 17
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Trip to Dominican Republic, newspapers

  • Box 3, Folder 18
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Driftwood on the River: the life and times of West Point Kentucky in the 20th century. By Richard A. Briggs and Leslie A Smith. KY: Friends of Fort Duffield, 2001.

  • Box 3, Folder 19
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Indiana University. Proposal regarding Adult Education. 1953

  • Box 3, Folder 20
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Series 10 - Miscellaneous and ephemera

Miscellaneous ephemera

  • Box 3, Folder 21
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Sayings, witticism, general info

  • Box 3, Folder 22
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Address books, diaries, etc

  • Box 3, Folder 23
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Celebrity scrapbook

  • Box 3, Folder 24
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Radio Stars scrapbook

  • Box 3, Folder 25
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Correspondence regarding Colt revolvers

  • Box 3, Folder 26
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Ephemera:

  • Box 3, Folder 27
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Series 11 - Photographs

Photos used for "A Song in Native Pastures"

  • Box 4, Folder 1
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Photographs

  • Box 4, Folder 2
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Photographs

  • Box 4, Folder 3
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Photographs

  • Box 4, Folder 4
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Photographs

  • Box 4, Folder 5
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Derby Festival awards and photos

  • Box 4, Folder 6
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Photographs

  • Box 4, Folder 7
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Photographs

  • Box 4, Folder 8
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Photographs and photocopies

  • Box 4, Folder 9
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Photographs - music, family, WHAS

  • Box 4, Folder 10
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Photographs

  • Box 4, Folder 11
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Trip to Dominican Republic, photos

  • Box 4, Folder 12
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Series 12 - Audio and film tape