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Black-and-white image of the exterior of a shop with a sign "The MIdget Shoe Shop" above the door.  The sign is partially obscured by a lamp post. A 1920s automobile is parked on the street in front of the shop.

Midget Family Papers

The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection's newly processed Midget Family Papers is a treasure trove of Knoxville and disability history. It tells the story of a Tennessee family who found success through entrepreneurship, hard work, and perseverance.
Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound Logo Block

TAMIS's preservation efforts featured on WATE-TV6

For her "Positively Tennessee" news segment, WATE-TV6's Lori Tucker recently interviewed Audiovisual Archivist John Morton about the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound's on-going preservation efforts.
1982 World's Fair Opening Day

1982 World's Fair materials added to McClung's digital collection

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the Knoxville International Energy Exposition–Energy Expo 82 (commonly called the 1982 World's Fair), more than 1,000 images from the international event have been scanned and added to the Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection. In time, additional items will be added as the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection is the official repository of the Knoxville International Energy Exposition. It also houses a number of unique, personal collections of photographs and memorabilia from "when the world came to Knoxville."
Census enumerator visiting a Virginia household during the 1950 Census

1950 Census made available for research

The 1950 Census meets its 72-year withholding threshold today, April 1, 2022, and is set to be released to the public, not only advancing the most recent census records available by a decade but also providing historical data for the start of what would become the Baby Boomer generation.