Skip to main content

Alma Childress Cox Balsam

Identifier: SPC 2004.007

Scope and Contents

1. Alma Childress Cox Balsam in formal gown with Hawaiian guitar. People’s Studio. Jan. 23, 1953. 3.5 x 5” B&W. (postcard backing; tape damage on back). 2. Alma Childress Cox Balsam and husband Casper Balsam. 3x4” B&W. + newspaper clippings: “Famous Grand Ole Opry...” (no date); Home Folks by Vic Weals, May 2, 1954, re” Lucy (‘Ma’) Childress and banjo; small death notice of Lucy Childers (sic.), Gibsonton [Fla.] (no date); “ ‘Steel guitar queen’ makes Hawaiian music” re: Alma (Balsam), queen of the steel guitar. Evening Chronicle, Allentown, PA. Aug. 7, 1965; “Queen of the steel guitars” (Alma Balsam), The Tampa Tribune, South Hillsborough, June 28, 1983. (taped).


  • 1950s

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


2 pieces


Given to Joetta Turner ca. 1994 by Alma Childress Cox Balsam. See also QSPC 2004.002.

Alma Childress Cox Balsam
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States