Cumberland Mountain Media Project
Collection — Multiple Containers
Scope and Contents
The Cumberland Mountain Media Project Collection consists of fifty-one ½ inch video tape recordings of interviews of East Tennesseans who lived and worked in the Appalachian coal fields, as well as scenes of the communities. Also included in the collection are interview questions; interviewer training materials; a National Endowment for the Humanities Youthgrant application; 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.
- 1972 - 1973
- Cumberland Mountain Media Project (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. For use in Archives only.
3.00 linear feet
The interviews are arranged alphabetically by interviewee name or subject.
Method of Acquisition
William R. Wilburn donated the video tapes in June 1006.
Existence and Location of Originals
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.
John Fleenor processed the collection in 2009.
- Anderson County (Tenn.)
- Campbell County (Tenn.)
- Claiborne County (Tenn.)
- Coal miners
- Coal miners--Appalachian Region
- Coal miners--Appalachian Region--Interviews
- Coal mines and mining
- Coal mines and mining -- Appalachian Region
- Manuscripts (document genre)
- United Mine Workers of America. District 19
- Language of description