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Cumberland Mountain Media Project

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0731

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


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


3.00 linear feet

Language of Materials



The interviews are arranged alphabetically by interviewee name or subject.

Method of Acquisition

William R. Wilburn donated the video tapes in June 2006.

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.

Processing Information

John Fleenor processed the collection in 2009.

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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