Bridgeman, Jacqueline, 2020 January 09
This collection consists of both audio and video interviews concerning the Chimney Tops 2 Wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains during 2016. Between 2017 and 2022, around 150 interviews were conducted with residents of Gatlinburg, government officials, emergency responders, researchers in various fields, and others impacted by the wildfires.
The interviews in this collection were conducted by the Anna Porter Public Library (APPL) and the University of Tennessee Libraries. APPL recorded audio interviews during 2017, starting a few months after the wildfires. UT Libraries' interviews began in 2019 and continued through 2022 with a mix of both video and audio recordings. Individual narrators are not only residents of Gatlinburg, but also emergency responders, government officials, and researchers exploring the effects of the fire.
- 2020 January 09
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English and Spanish.
Conditions Governing Access
Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.
From the Collection: In Development Terabytes
Video interview with Jacqueline Bridgeman, an emergency responder with the American Red Cross, conducted by Steven Smith. Bridgeman recounts coming into Gatlinburg to manage a relief shelter and the steady realization about the severity of the disaster. She also discusses the challenges faced in gathering resources to serve the community and the difficulties in reaching certain branches of the community.