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Cumberland Mountain Media Project | Archives of Appalachia

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ID: 500/AppMs 731
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Arrangement: The recorded interviews are arranged alphabetically by interviewee name or subject.
Preservation and public use copies are arranged in the same manner as the originals.
Paper materials and one photograph are in a single folder in Small Collections.
Extent: 3.0 Linear feet
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Scope and Contents: The Cumberland Mountain Media Project Collection contains fifty-one ½ inch video tape recordings of interviews taken in 1973 of local people in East Tennessee who lived and worked in the Appalachian coal fields, along with scenes of the communities. The recordings in the collection have been copied to DVD digital preservation masters and user copies, as well as Beta SP analog preservation master copies.
Also included in the collection are interview questions, interview training materials, a Youthgrant application to the National Endowment for the Humanities dated November 21, 1972, a project description and one photograph of a strip mine.
Topics include: Living in coal camps during the early years, community services including the health clinic, scenes of abandoned coal plants and coal mines, stories about “the old way of life”, descriptions of coal mining methods used in early years of mining in Appalachia, problems facing the residents, homegrown projects developed to stimulate economic growth and scenes of daily life in the region.


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