The Tennessee Arts Commission established its Folk Arts Program in October 1984, the name of which was changed to the Folklife Program in 2000. From the beginning, program director Dr. Robert Cogswell took photographs of artists, sites, and events related to program activities, mainly using black-and-white negative and color slide films. The program also regularly copied images and acquired prints, both historic and recent, from other sources, including some images by contracted photographers. In 2002, the program transitioned almost entirely from film to digital photography. The Photographs Series of the Tennessee Arts Commission Folk Arts Program Records at the Tennessee State Library and Archives consists of approximately 22,000 images (in the form of photographs, slides, negatives, and digital files) that document folkways and unique Tennessee styles, characters, and art. The images in this TeVA collection are a small sampling of this rich material.
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