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Marie Cirillo Video Collection

Identifier: TAMIS-MIC 2020.001

Scope and Contents

Forty-six (46) open reel videos documenting residents of former coal mining communities in Campbell County and Claiborne County, Tennessee. The bulk of the videos are uneditied raw footage recording the creation of Appalachian folk art, crafts and music, as well as Marie Cirillo's engagement with the communities' efforts to establish health care clinics and local economic development.

Following an oral history project conducted by Marie Cirillo and Maureen O'Connell in 1972, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant was awarded to continue similar work with the burgeoning medium of video. Five students, including William R. (Bill) Wilburn assisted Cirillo and O'Connell in shooting the videos. Community members also used the portable video equipment.


  • 1973-1976



46 open reel videotape : Forty-six (46) 1/2-inch black and white monaural EIAJ-1 videotape on 5-inch reel

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Existence and Location of Copies

Digital transfer available for vieiwng on-site at TAMIS, on hard rive "Marie Cirillo Collection". Back-up drive at Knox County Records Management Office, Central St. Digital transfers also at Clearfork Community Institute.

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  • -Handwritten notes and summaries accompanying six tapes, presumably written by Marie Cirillo or Maureen O'Conell at the time the tapes were recorded. Notes from an interview with Marie Cirillo conducted by volunteers Erin Bicknese and Morgan Pennington the the summer of 2019 as Cirillo viewed the tapes.

Repository Details

Part of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound Repository

601 S Gay Street
Knoxville TN 37902 United States