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Ira Chiles Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1019

This collection of papers concentrates on the career of Ira Chiles while he held the office of Area Education Officer with the Tennessee Valley Authority from 1936 to 1948. Papers dealing with Chiles' official duties as Education Officer as well as other aspects of the TVA are included in the collection. A large portion of material covers the Guntersville Dam project in Alabama on which Chiles worked.

Dates

  • 1936-1951

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Extent

10.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection of papers concentrates on the career of Ira Chiles while he held the office of Area Education Officer with the Tennessee Valley Authority from 1936 to 1948. Papers dealing with Chiles' official duties as Education Officer as well as other aspects of the TVA are included in the collection. A large portion of material covers the Guntersville Dam project in Alabama on which Chiles worked.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ira Chiles was born in Pemberton, Missouri on March 7, 1891. He held the office of Area Education Officer with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from 1936 to 1948.

Prior to his tenure with TVA, Chiles was a Professor of Education from 1918 to 1925 and President of Central Wesleyan College in Warrenton, Missouri, from 1925 to 1935. He was a Central Wesleyan graduate, class of 1916. Upon leaving TVA, he joined the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Tennessee until his retirement in 1961.

He was active in the Methodist Church, Masonic Order and Omicron Delta Kappa. He died in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 8, 1980.

Arrangement

Collection is divided into four series:

  1. Series I: TVA Papers
  2. Series II: TVA: Guntersville, Water Resources
  3. Series III: TVA Publications
  4. Series IV: UT Education, Personal, Other Papers

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