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Knoxville Police Department Collection

Identifier: TAMIS-MIC 2021.001

Content Description

23 reels of 16mm film of various lengths, totaling a few thousand feet, documenting public law enforcement activities by the Knoxville Police Department, training activities for the department, outreach/educational films for a public audience, and amateur films of public relations activities, all circa 1960s-1970s. Several training films for police officers and safety PSA films are in the collection as well. Much of the documentary material is believed to have been shot by WBIR-TV camera operators on behalf of KPD. The collection also includes a single 3/4" U-matic videotape depicting local KPD training activities shot by WATE-TV in 1976.


  • 1950-1980



23 Reels (23 film cans) : 16mm black-and-white silent reversal film, 16mm black-and-white and color sound print film ; ~15,000'

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Existence and Location of Originals

The original reels are located in the ETHC B1 vault.

Existence and Location of Copies

SD telecine transfers of all reels are located on TAMIS hard drives FVCM-7 (A&B).

Separated Materials

As many as 60 additional training films unrelated to East Tennessee accompanied the reels retained in the Knoxville Police Department Collection. These films were discarded.

Condition Description

The films are in generally good condition, with color fading present in the prints of PSAs and educational/training films.

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Script of description
Code for undetermined script
  • TAMIS paper files: inspection sheets

Repository Details

Part of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound Repository

601 S Gay Street
Knoxville TN 37902 United States