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Teachers Find TVA Documents in Atlanta

by on August 6, 2014

We welcomed teachers to Atlanta for our Primarily Teaching summer institute from July 21–25. They explored the topic “FDR and the Tennessee Valley Authority: The Controversy of Progress”—a case study within the broader Leadership and Legacy in History theme across all of our workshops this summer.

Transmission Lines and Tower, with Cows in Foreground

Photograph of Newly Built Transmission Lines, from the Records of the Tennessee Valley Authority

Participants researched in the original records of the Tennessee Valley Authority, held in the National Archives at Atlanta. The records there document the story of the TVA, one of the first New Deal agencies, from its enactment to modern activities. The Primarily Teaching educators identified primary sources suitable for classroom use, that we then scanned and posted online.

Their efforts doubled our collection of TVA-related documents on!

photographs of dwellings before and after relocation.

Some documents described family relocations as a result of the TVA’s work, including photographs of dwellings before and after relocation.

The National Archives at Atlanta will further the study of the Tennessee Valley Authority records through their symposium, Valley of the Dams: The Impact & Legacy of the Tennessee Valley Authority, on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Check out their online exhibit, including a sampling of the TVA records demonstrating accomplishments, controversies, and progress through documents, maps, drawings, and photographs.

It’s been a great summer! We have over 130 newly digitized documents on, thanks to teachers in our Primarily Teaching summer institutes!


Primarily Teaching is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives, through the support of Texas Instruments and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

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