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Rising From the Ashes Oral History Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3935

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. 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 continue to be recorded 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.

Dates

  • 2017-2020

Language of Materials

The material in this collection is in English.

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 Special Collections.

Extent

In Development Terabytes

Overview

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. Beginning in 2017, interviews were conducted with residents of Gatlinburg, government officials, emergency responders, and researchers in various fields.

Biographical / Historical

After a severe drought in the area, the Chimney Tops 2 Fire was originally reported on the November 23, 2016, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The fire would eventually spread into the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on November 28, moving quickly due to the strong winds on that day. This led to widespread destruction which displaced many residents of the city and resulted in the deaths of 14 people.

The interviews contained in this collection are an effort to capture this event as experienced by the Gatlinburg community, as well as provide material for artists to draw upon. Some interviews occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in both in-person and remote interviews being conducted.

Arrangement

The interviews are arranged alphabetically by narrator last name.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480