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Johnny Cash Memorabilia Collection

Identifier: MS-3772

The contents of the collection are as follows: Behind the Lens: Robert Elfstrom Remembers Johnny Cash DVD Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music DVD Pete Seeger: A Song and a Stone DVD Robert Elfstrom Interview on Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash – June 2012 DVD Gospel Road DVD Museum of Broadcasting Panel featuring Elfstrom on Johnny Cash DVD 25 Johnny Cash Stills on CD - 3 black and white production stills from Johnny Cash featuring Cash - 4 black and white production stills from Johnny Cash featuring director-cameraman Elfstrom - 9 black and white production stills from Gospel Road featuring Elfstrom as Jesus Christ - 2 color stills from Gospel Road featuring Elfstrom as Jesus Christ - 1 location still from Gospel Road - 3 stills on location of Elfstrom, 2 in Arab dress and 1 with the crown of thorns

All of these DVDs and the CD contain or discuss the collaborations of musician Johnny Cash and cinematographer Robert Elfstrom.


  • 1972-2012



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.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


0.5 Linear Feet (One Box )


This collection contains DVDs and a photo CD commemorating Johnny Cash, the American singer-songwriter. All of this material features the work or musings of Robert Elfstrom, cinematographer, director, and close friend of Cash.

Biographical/Historical Note

Johnny Cash, born in Arkansas on February 26, 1932 to Ray Cash (1897-1985) and Carrie Cloveree (1904-1991), was an American singer-songwriter who was known for his folk-country sounds and bluesy ballads of the mid-20th century. His deep voice and trademark look gave him the nickname “The Man In Black.” In 1969, Cash met Robert Elfstrom, a cinematographer and director that was slated to make a documentary about Cash’s life. The documentary, titled Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music, was the first of many collaborations between Elfstrom and Cash and the two became close friends. Later on, Elfstrom filmed a documentary on both Cash and Pete Seeger, a musician who was known for his activism of human rights. In addition to these projects, Elfstrom filmed and starred in the documentary Gospel Road, which told about the spiritual lives of Johnny and wife June Carter Cash (1929-2003). Even after Cash’s death in 2003, Elfstrom still speaks fondly of the friendship he had with Cash, as seen in the interviews presented in this collection.

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