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Tennessee Endangered Species Committee Records

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1328

This collection contains information in the form of magazine and newspaper articles, correspondence, court proceedings, congressional records and other materials concerning the lengthy battle between the Tennessee Endangered Species Committee and the Tennessee Valley Authority over the building of the Tellico Dam and the dam's threat to various elements of the local environment, particularly an endangered species of fish, the Snail Darter.

Dates

  • 1964-1983

Language of Materials

This material is in English.

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

3.25 Linear Feet (two record boxes, two half boxes, and one flat storage box)

Abstract

This collection contains information in the form of magazine and newspaper articles, correspondence, court proceedings, congressional records and other materials concerning the lengthy battle between the Tennessee Endangered Species Committee and the Tennessee Valley Authority over the building of the Tellico Dam and the dam's threat to various elements of the local environment, particularly an endangered species of fish, the Snail Darter.

Biographical/Historical Note

Tellico Dam was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Loudon County, Tennessee. Completed in 1979, the building of Tellico Dam was met with controversy. A lawsuit was filed that alleged that the Tellico Dam construction violated Endangered Species Act due to the finding of an endangered fish in the area, the snail darter. TVA v. Hill was a United States Supreme Court case in 1978 and was the first time the court had interpreted the Endangered Species Act of 1973. After a lengthy battle, Tellico Dam was ultimately exempted from the Endangered Species Act.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two record boxes, two half boxes, and one flat storage box.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated by representatives of the Tennessee Endangered Species Committee (TESC).

Repository Details

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

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