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Harcourt A. Morgan Documents and Addresses

Identifier: MS-1657

This collection contains two addresses made and two documents written by Dr. Harcourt A. Morgan, director of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The first document is a press release for a talk given over the radio on September 27, 1934, entitled "A National Program in the Tennessee Valley." The next document is a statement submitted to President Roosevelt on March 4, 1938, regarding a situation within the TVA Board of Directors. The third document is an address released on June 23, 1941, from Knoxville, Tennessee entitled "Some Objectives and End Results of the TVA." The fourth document is an address made on November 8, 1943, in Memphis, Tennessee entitled "Natural Resources and the Future: The Joint Obligation of Rural and Urban People."


  • 1934 September 27-1943 November 8

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This collection contains two addresses made and two documents written by Dr. Harcourt A. Morgan, director of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), created between 1934 and 1941.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harcourt Alexander Morgan was born on August 31, 1867 in Kerwood, Ontario, Canada. He earned his BS degree from Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph in 1889 and did some graduate work at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He began his teaching career at Louisiana State University as a professor of entomology and horticulture. In 1904, he accepted a position as a professor of entomology and zoology and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Tennessee. In this role, Morgan served as the primary contact between the University and the state's farmers. Through rotating "farmers' institutes," exhibits, and short courses, Morgan helped to close some of the political divides that had appeared during the Civil War and established an excellent reputation for himself among Tennessee's farmers.

In 1919, Morgan succeeded Brown Ayres as President of the University of Tennessee. During his administration, he emphasized UT's role as a statewide institution and managed to get a number of appropriations from the state legislature to help the university fulfill its role as "the vital center of the state's prosperity." In 1934, he left the University to become the Tennessee Valley Authority's agricultural specialist. Here, Morgan emphasized the need for the TVA to work with state and local organizations, took responsibility for convincing Tennessee's farmers that the TVA would be a positive influence in their lives, and continued to advocate scientific agriculture. He retired from the TVA in 1947, and died on August 25, 1950.


This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection is the property of Special Collections.

Repository Details

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

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA