Doc Watson Tribute

Historical photo of Doc Watson

When the University Library and the College of Arts and Sciences were seeking funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant in the 1990s, a fund was named the Doc Watson Endowment in Appalachian Music in honor of Doc's important contributions to Appalachian music and culture.

These were his words when he learned that the endowment would bear his name: "I'm certainly proud that my career in music has been an effort to preserve Southern Appalachian culture. And I certainly endorse the effort to catalog and preserve it. I strongly back the NEH grant."

Everyone is deeply saddened by the loss of Doc Watson, and the Library pledges to keep his memory alive through the Appalachian Collection and the Music Library.

Photo above from the ASU Historical Photos Collection, showing Doc Watson (center right, with banjo) performing for students in Plemmons Student Union in the 1970s.

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