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Doc Hopkins Audio Recordings Reference Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BCA 0266

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of original interview audio recordings, transcripts, and audio tape copies of commercial recordings.


  • Other: Date acquired: 05/06/2017

Conditions Governing Access

Some records within this collection can be accessed digitally - see detailed description below. Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations. Please cite all information.


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Doctor Howard Hopkins was a popular performer on mid- western radio in the 1930s and 1940s. Born January 26, 1900, in Harlan County, Kentucky, Hopkins began playing banjo during his boyhood on an instrument his father crafted for him. The Hopkins family moved to Rockcastle County, where Doc’s neighbors included his future radio colleagues John Lair, Karl Davis, and Harty Taylor. In 1930 Lair invited his schoolmates to Chicago, and Hopkins named the new band the Cumberland Ridge Runners. Hopkins also played solo, first recording in 1931 for Paramount and later for the American Record Corporation and Decca. The bulk of his recorded work, however, resided in numerous radio transcriptions for the music publisher M. M. Cole. [url=](See also his Berea Celebration of Traditional Music Audio / Video Performances.)[/url]

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Repository Details

Part of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives Repository

Hutchins Library
100 Campus Drive
Berea Kentucky 40404 US