Thomas Fensch Collection

Identifier: MSS.0135

Scope and Contents

The collection contains numerous document formats all pertaining to Country and Western music. The contents date from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, with only a few exceptions. The boxes are organized by series. The first box is an alphabetical list of subject headings, mostly names of Country and Western musicians, songwriters, and business people. The headings also include popular places associated with country music and ephemera. The documents are various photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and anonymously written one to five page pamphlets. The second box contains the series Country Song Roundup. The monthly publication is organized chronologically, beginning in 1968 with issues until 1971, released song lyrics from the latest Country and Western songwriters and featured short articles about famous country personalities. The third box is a miscellaneous box of publications. It includes magazines, pamphlets, and biographical-style periodical issues. The fourth and fifth boxes are an alphabetical-by-artist series of song books. Unlike the magazine issues, these songs are accompanied by the written music. The sixth box is a chronological series of Song Hits Magazine periodicals from 1970 and 1971. The publication is similar to Country Song Roundup although its title indicates that it did not only release songs from the Country and Western genre. The seventh box holds only two documents, published by Country Music Who’s Who, a publication that gives news and updates on country music personalities. One is a smaller pamphlet ranging from 1948 to 1969, while the other is a large 1970 edition text. The eighth box holds a series of loose sheet music, organized by the last name of the song’s writer. The date range is varied, with a few pieces dating from the 1950’s and most from the mid-1960’s.


  • 1948-1970s

Biographical Note - Thomas Fensch

Thomas Fensch is an author of over thirty books, mostly investigative accounts on famous authors or organizations. At the time that he gave his collection to Vanderbilt Joint Libraries in 1972, he had already written three books. He is originally from Mansfield, Ohio, where he received his high school diploma from Mansfield High in 1961. Fensch taught journalism classes at Mansfield-OSU and published multiple books before receiving his doctorate degree in journalism from Syracuse University in 1977. He currently is the Chair of the department of Mass Communications at Virginia Union University.


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The collection contains numerous document formats all pertaining to Country and Western music. The contents date from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, with only a few exceptions.

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Provenance Statement

The collection was donated on November 30, 1971 by Thomas Fensch to the Vanderbilt University Special Collections.

Finding Aid for the Thomas Fensch Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


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