About the Collection

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  • As soon as the library reopened after the flood, staff members began collecting materials to document the historic aspects of the event. The Special Collections Division, in partnership with institutions throughout the city, collected 173 oral histories as well as many still images, text, audio, video and documents of the aftermath. These items became the Flood 2010 Collection, which is now open to the public in the Special Collections Division at the Main branch of Nashville Public Library. The content on this site is just a sampling of the numerous resources housed in this collection.

  • Phase 1 : City Officials and First Response Teams

    These interviews including conversations with government officials like Mayor Karl Dean, police officers, emergency dispatchers, fire fighters, emergency management managers, and others that responded immediately to the flooding throughout the city. They give details of the city's response and rescue effort during the flood as well as the relief programs developed afterward.

  • Phase 2: Business and Community Members

    These interviews focused on personal experiences and included conversations with residents that were displaced due to the flooding, relief workers from across the country, as well as community leaders like professors, religious leaders, and community center directors. These interviews lend a personal voice to the disaster by talking about destruction of property, the struggles to rebuild and the way that Nashville came together.

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