The notebook was originally obtained at one of Audrey Williams' legendary Yard Sales in the 1970s. After many years of legal actions in an attempt to secure the copyright renewals of Hank Williams' work, Audrey held a series of well-publicized sales. It was during one of these events, circa 1972-73, that this particular notebook, along with some other personal affects was obtained. The notebook dates from a crucial period in Williams' career, February through March, 1947. It was during this time that Williams was attempting to springboard from the obscure Sterling Records label to one of the majors. On March 6th, 1947, a new label, MGM Records an offshoot of MGM Movie Studio, signed Williams. This notebook contains songs Williams' would eventually propose to MGM for possible recording. The last song in this notebook is dated March 12, 1947, and the first MGM recording session was held just one month later.
Very few pieces of Hank Williams' handwriting exists today. Two similar notebooks are in the collection of Acuff-Rose/Sony (Williams' Music Producer), and the scant remaining handwritten letters and documents are in the possession of family and friends. The notebook, in common with the other known notebooks, is folded down the middle, probably allowing Williams to carry it around in his pocket and jot down songs when the mood took him. Accompanied by a letter from the original owner, a CD with recordings of the three known songs, and a letter from Colin Escott, author of Hank Williams, Snapshots from The Lost Highway, along with a copy of the book.