Preservation Assessment for Audiovisual, Paper, and Photographic Collections

Division of Preservation and Access

paper copy of the score from the first televised performance of "Sixteen Tons"
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The museum has a large collection of musical scores from the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, including these working scores from the first televised performance of "Sixteen Tons."

Courtesy of the Tennessee Ernie Ford Collection, Birthplace of Country Music Museum

A preservation assessment of a country music collection consisting of photographs, archives, and audiovisual materials. Totaling approximately 124 linear feet, the museum’s holdings include 10 cylinder recordings and 1,500 studio master sound recordings, as well as a small collection of legacy audio playback machines, microphones, and radio equipment.