If you were a child in East Tennessee in the 1950-60's, you will remember some of the great local legends on television in the day. Local personalities from Miss Kay on Romper Room and Little Jimmy Hartsook to Cas Walker, Jim Clayton and Kathy Hill joined us in our living rooms every day. If you weren't around in those days, you'll be fascinated by the emerging styles of the "future." Join us to take a walk through television nostalgia in this unique exhibit at the Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S. Gay St. The exhibit highlights our Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound.
Vintage Moving Image and Sound Collection Donated to Library
We are pleased to announce the recent donation of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound to the Library's Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection. This gift helps ensure the continued preservation of East Tennessee history through regional film, video, local television, and recorded sound material. The collection was donated to the Library by TAMIS co-founders, Bradley Reeves and Louisa Trott. Reeves has joined the staff full time as curator and manager of the audiovisual archives.
“The donation of the TAMIS collection to the Knox County Public Library’s McClung Collection is great news. Knoxville has a unique and interesting history, and much of it was captured on film or audio,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. “I would like to personally thank Bradley Reeves for donating this historic collection to the Library so children and families can enjoy it for years to come.”
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Bradley Reeves and his valuable collection into the Library,” commented Steve Cotham, Manager of the McClung Historical Collection. “His work in preserving historic news footage, home movies and early television programs as well as early music records provides a clear and solid window into life in East Tennessee from the beginning of the 20th century. This is a unique collection that will be available to everyone from documentary film makers to students, genealogists and local history buffs.”
ABOUT THE ARCHIVE
Dating back to 1915, the moving image collection currently contains more than 5,000 reels and videotapes of home movies, documentaries, advertisements, industrial and training films, commercial films, television programming, and newsreels, all with local or regional connections. Its audio collection includes vintage radio programming, sound recordings, and oral histories and field recordings from the region, which date back to the 1930s.
Some of the iconic programming preserved by TAMIS includes the early television shows of Cas Walker, 1982 World’s Fair footage, and the Jim Thompson’s home movies of 1915 of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which helped spawn the National Park movement. TAMIS recently unearthed early unreleased demo recordings by a young Dolly Parton.