Video Oral History of Petrella, “The First Lady of Country-Soul” and a resident of Santa Maria, CA., is now a
permanent part of the HistoryMakers Collection at the Library of Congress. As stated by James H.
Billington, 13th Librarian of Congress, in the attached photo “The
HistoryMakers archive provides invaluable first-person accounts of both well-known and unsung African Americans, detailing
their hopes, dreams and accomplishments-often in the face of adversity. This culturally important collection
is a rich and diverse resource for scholars, teachers, students and documentarians seeking a more complete record of our nation’s
history and its people”.
|Petrella Oral History in Library of Congress
July 2013 Petrella hosted Julie and Brian, Collector and Curator for the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, located at
501 W. 9th Street in Little Rock, AR and presented them with over 600 items representing different aspects of her 25 year
career in the Country Music Business. This meeting was the start of gifting her memorabelia to museums and historical
commissions across the U.S.
|Meeting with Arkansas History Commission
|Tatyana Oyinloye (African American History Coordinator), Jane Wilkerson (Archival Manager), Petrella
Petrella's Home State Arkansas History Commission Archives Memorabilia
December 2013 Petrella met with Tatyana Oyinloye (African American History Coordinator), Jane Wilkerson (Archival
Manager) and Jeff Lewellen (Archivist, Music) with the Arkansas History Commission and presented them with family and Hot
Springs, AR memorabeilia along with items from her career in country music. The Arkansas History Commission web site
is www.ark-ives.com and they are located at One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR. Material is available for research and viewing.
March 2014 Petrella travelled to the Country Music Hall of Fame to present to John Rumble, Hisotrian and Mick Buck,
Curator item from her 25 year career for archiving. This fulfilled a promise she had made to John Rumble 25 years ago.
The numerous items including print, early demoes, awards, CDs, videos and wardrobe are available for viewing at the
Country Music Hall of Fame, located at 222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN/