Historic Smoky Mountain photos available

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Historic photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains are available in a new image collection from the University of Tennessee Libraries.

The images in the Thompson Brothers Digital Photograph Collection are the work of Jim and Robin Thompson, photographers in Knoxville from the 1920s through the 1940s and pioneering photographers of the Smoky Mountains.

The photos include sweeping vistas and candid shots that document the local culture and economy before the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Jim Thompson's spectacular photographs of the mountains played a critical role in convincing Congress to make the Smokies the first national park east of the Mississippi River.

The photos were shot with a large-format camera.

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