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Broadside Television (T.V.) Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0028

Scope and Contents

The Broadside Television Collection includes both manuscripts and tapes. The manuscript documentation includes legal, financial, personnel, publicity and programming records, as well as correspondence and grant proposals. The tapes cover the myriad of topics included among Broadside's programs. Among these topics are local and regional history, environment, aging, medical care, Appalachian folklore, and country music.

An addition incorporated into the existing collection includes 36 open-reel videotapes, two audiotapes, 117 photographs, and 42 slides related to various program productions of Broadside, along with two folders of production notes on the Galax, Virginia Fiddlers Convention (1975) and of an interview with weaver Taft Greer (undated).


  • 1970 - 1978


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Digital access copies to a portion of the audiovisual material are available for onsite use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply to some material. More specific restrictions are documented at the item level.


6.00 linear feet (619 videotapes, 19 audiocassettes, 12 boxes)

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The collection is divided into the following series: Series 1, Legal Documents, 1973-77; Series 2, Management Papers, 1975-78; Series 3, Correspondence, 1970-78; Series 4, Financial Records, 1973-79; Series 5, Personnel Records, 1973-78; Series 6, Publicity and Public Opinion Surveys, 1973-78; Series 7, Grant Applications, 1973-78; Series 8, Project Proposals, 1972-78; Series 9, Programming, 1972-77; Series 10, Other Activities, 1974-77; and Series 11, Audio and Video Tapes, 1971-78.

Method of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection, audio and video tapes came to the Archives in January 1979. Broadside had filed for bankruptcy in 1978. Hamilton Bank in Johnson City, Tennessee, had possession of the station's papers and tapes, which East Tennessee State University purchased with the aid of William Lancaster, III, trustee for Broadside.

Accruals and Additions

The addition to the Broadside Television Collection was donated to the Archives on September 19, 1987 by David Larry Nave, Mountain City, Tennessee, and opened to researchers in February 1997.

Processing Information

The original part of the collection was processed by Anne Sims, and became available for research in January 1980. Marie Tedesco revised the finding aid in 1991. Ned Irwin completed processing on the addition in 1997.

With support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, selected preservation masters and public-use copies were made in 2001/2002.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA