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McDonald, Karen, 2017 January 26

From the Collection:

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.


  • 2017 January 26

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

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


APPL audio recording that provides insight into the structure and form of their interviewing process. As part of this, a brief interview with Karen McDonald about the day of the fire is included, conducted by Kenton Temple.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA