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Asher and Little Jimmie Sizemore Radio Program Reference Collection

 Collection — Container: 1
Identifier: BCA 0143 SAA 143

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Asher and Little Jimmie Sizemore performance recordings including 1936 and 1940 radio programs.  The collection also includes copies of annual song books (1933-1937 and 1947) and numerous photographs of Asher, Little Jimmie and other Sizemore family members.


  • Created: 1933-1990

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations. Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College or online by following finding guide links for programs, playlists, and photographs.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations.


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Language of Materials



Asher Sizemore (1906-1975) initially worked as a bookkeeper for a mining company in Pike County, Kentucky, but aspired to be a singer. In 1931, singing old-time and cowboy songs, he appeared on radio in Huntington, West Virginia, before moving to WCKY Cincinnati and then WHAS Louisville, where he was first joined on air by his five-year-old son Jimmie (1928-  ). In 1933, the duo were hired by the WSM Grand Ole Opry, where they remained a popular act for about 10 years. Asher and Little Jimmie continued to tour regularly and augmented their income with very successful mail-order sales of their annual books of "Hearth and Home Songs" that also included many family photographs. They also made transcription disc recordings that Asher syndicated to radio stations. By the late 30s, the act also included Jimmie’s younger brother Buddy—Little Buddy Boy. Drawing mainly on sentimental songs and hymns, the Sizemore act maintained a successful career throughout the 1940s.  Jimmie and Buddy both served in the US Forces in Korea, Buddy being killed in action in 1950. Asher and Jimmie later moved to Arkansas where they would both work on radio. Asher Sizemore died in 1975. Jimmie moved to Oklahoma and continued to work on radio in an executive capacity.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged as follows:

1.       Recordings (including listening copies in CD format)

2.       Print material

Other Descriptive Information

Follow finding aid links to listen to radio program recordings, read playlists and songbook contents and view photographs.

BCA 0143 SAA 143

Processing Information

The collection was arranged by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist. The finding aid was created in August 2015 by Harry Rice and Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist. Links to digital recordings added 2018.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Harry Rice and Lori Myers-Steele
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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