Our Carter Collection at Mendota library was created with help from members of the Carter Family, the First Family of Country Music.
The Carter Family & the Collection
The Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VA, is a little over four miles from our Mendota branch library. Janette Carter, one of three children of A.P. and Sara Carter, established the Carter Family Fold to honor the memory of her parents and Maybelle Carter, who played a historic role in the birth of country music beginning in 1927 in nearby Bristol. Janette and other members of the Carter Family helped develop our Carter Collection at the Mendota Branch.
What’s in the Carter Collection?
The Carter Collection contains books, sound recordings and videos about the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Bill Clifton, Tom T. Hall, and Waylon Jennings, plus additional recordings by friends and fans of the Carter Family.
A complete list of our Carter Collection is in our special collections online archive.
Using the Carter Collection
Whether you’re doing Carter Family research or are just a fan, you are welcome to use and enjoy the collection. Some items in the collection are for reference only. They cannot be checked out or removed from Mendota library. Limited photocopying of portions of books is permitted for $0.15/page ($0.50 for color copies).
Most of the Carter Collection is available for checkout by library card holders of any library in Holston Associated Libraries (HAL). HAL includes Tazewell Public Library, King University Library, and Emory & Henry College Library. Check the HAL library catalog to see whether the item you are interested in can be checked out.