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Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound

Preserving the audio and video history of East Tennessee

TAMIS logoDating back to 1915, the moving image collection currently contains more than 5,000 reels and videotapes of home movies, documentaries, advertisements, industrial and training films, commercial films, television programming, and newsreels, all with local or regional connections. Its audio collection includes vintage radio programming, sound recordings, and oral histories and field recordings from the region, which date back to the 1930s.

Some of the iconic programming preserved by TAMIS includes the early television shows of Cas Walker, 1982 World's Fair footage, and Jim Thompson's home movies of 1915 of the Great Smoky Mountains, which helped spawn the National Park movement. TAMIS recently unearthed early unreleased demo recordings by a young Dolly Parton. To access TAMIS resources, please make an appointment with Bradley Reeves by calling (865) 215-8856 or emailing