Robert Lee Bradshaw (1893-1983) was a farmer and musician noted for his performances on harmonica around the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina during the 1970s. Raised in the community of Patterson in Caldwell County, Bradshaw learned to sing and play from his father, Seth Benjamin Bradshaw (1866-1946), a Baptist minister. Bradshaw served in World War I and returned to home to work on the family farm, the 1920 Census lists his occupation as "soldier." He married Marcie Caroline Bentley (1907-1990) on October 20, 1929. The couple had three children: Grady Robert Bradshaw (1930-1986), Lester Milton Bradshaw (1932-2010), and Lucy Mae Bradshaw (1936-2011).
The photographs in this collection were taken by Pat Stout to accompany an interview with Bradshaw which can be found on page 8 in the "People" section of the 1976 Appalachian State Year Book, the Rhododendron. Patrick "Pat" Stout was an Appalachian State student (Class of 1979) and worked as a photographer for the yearbook.