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UT Libraries’ New Digital Collection: Smokies Photos, Film Clips Set to Music

Margaret and Louisa Walker

The UT Libraries has created an online digital collection of photos and home movies of the Smokies taken in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s by a Townsend businessman. Folk songs performed by local musicians have been added to the originally silent film clips. The William Derris Collection, composed of 334 slides and twelve film clips, is available online for free.