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OH191 Charles Barrett Oral History

Charles Barrett Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Kentucky Dam Project

Series Number: OH191

Interviewee: Barrett, Charles

Interviewer: Marshall, Tim

Date interviewed: 1995 November 20

Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in November 2012.

Date processed: December 7, 2012

Description: 1 sound disc (55 minutes)

Abstract: Charles Barrett discusses his employment with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during the construction of the Kentucky Dam. He describes his life growing up in Marshall County, Kentucky, and the development of the area prior to the construction of the dam. He recalls construction techniques used when building the dam and labor and management relationships during the 1940s. Topics such as pay rates, unions, race relations and the impact of the dam upon the residents of the region were discussed.

Biographical / Historical note: Charles Barrett was born in 1919 in Marshall County, Kentucky.  In 1940, he was hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during the construction of the Kentucky Dam.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.  

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Barrett, Charles, 1919-

Kentucky Dam (Ky.)

Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dams – Kentucky.

Land Between the Lakes (Ky. And Tenn.) – History.

Marshall County (Ky.)