Skip to main content

SCOUT

Special Collections Online at The University of Tennessee

Tennessee Valley Authority Grave Removal Records for the Norris Dam Reservoir

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0513

This collection houses the Tennessee Valley Authority's records of graves removed before the construction of the Norris Dam in East Tennessee, the first major project of the TVA. The collection houses cemetery removal orders, contracts, and cards for over seventy cemeteries.

Dates

  • circa 1933-1936

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

16 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses the Tennessee Valley Authority's records of graves removed before the construction of the Norris Dam in East Tennessee, the first major project of the TVA.

Biographical/Historical Note

Construction on Norris Dam began in October 1933 and was completed in March of 1936. The dam was the first of the TVA's hydroelectric projects. It is a straight concrete gravity-type dam, 1860 feet long, 265 feet high, and 208 feet thick at the base. Its construction necessitated flooding approximately 239 square acres, displacing about 2,900 families and about 5,000 gravesites. The Tennessee Valley Authority was created in 1933 as a part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's plan to revitalize the economy of the United States after the Great Depression. The TVA brought water and electric services to previous unserved areas, but also caused issues for Tennesseans with construction over socially sacred places like cemeteries.

Arrangement

Collection consists of eleven boxes.

Acquisition Note

Harry Wiersema donated this collection to the Library in 1936.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480