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Diana Tillion oral history

Guide to the Diana Tillion oral history

Collection number: HMC-0882.
Harrison, Viola.
Tillion, Diana.
Title: Diana Tillion oral history.
Date: 2005.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary:  Oral history of an Alaskan artist and resident of Halibut Cove.

Biographical note:
Diana Tillion was born in Paradise, California, in 1928 and grew up in the Matanuska Valley in Alaska. She later married Clem Tillion, a fisherman and state legislator from Halibut Cove in Kachemak Bay. Diana Tillion began the study of art in 1950, and specialized in watercolors and the use of sepia “octopus ink.” Tillion taught art classes at Kenai Peninsula College in Homer, and received an honorary degree in humane letters from the University of Alaska. She was also an active member of the Alaska Poetry Society, the National League of American Penwomen, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Diana Tillion died in 2010.

Collection description:
The collection contains six audiocassettes of an oral history interview of artist Diana Tillion conducted by Viola Harrison at Halibut Cove in August 2005. The interview concerns Tillion’s early life, family, marriage, life as the wife of a fisherman and legislator, experiences with breast cancer, and children, as well as the community of Halibut Cove. Each audiocassette is 55 minutes long.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in original order.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives holds copyright to materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: Diana Tillion oral history, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Viola Harrison and a release was signed by Diana Tillion in 2006.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2006. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2015.

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