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DIANA TILLION (b. 1928). Oral History Interview; 2005. 6 audiocassettes.

Diana Tillion was born in Paradise, California, in 1928. She grew up in the Matanuska Valley in Alaska. She later married Clem Tillion, a fisherman and state legislator from Halibut Cove in Kachemak Bay. Tillion began the study of art in 1950, and her art has been featured in several major exhibitions since 1967. She specializes in watercolors and the use of sepia "octopus ink." Tillion has taught art classes at Kenai Peninsula College in Homer, and holds an honorary degree in humane letters from the University of Alaska. She has also been active as a member of the Alaska Poetry Society, the National League of American Penwomen, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Diana Tillion lives in the artists' community of Halibut Cove.

The collection consists of six audiocassettes of an oral history interview of artist Diana Tillion conducted by Viola Harrison at Halibut Cove in August 2005. The interview concerns her early life, family, early 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.

The collection was presented to the archives by Viola Harrison in 2006. A release form was signed by Diana Tillion in 2005.

HMC-0882
JAS (9/2006)