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OH198 Mayme Evans Oral History

Mayme Evans Oral History

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

Series Number: OH198

Interviewee: Evans, Mayme

Interviewer: Unknown

Date interviewed: May 10, 1995

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

Date processed: December 10, 2012

Description: 2 sound discs (82 minutes)

Abstract: Mayme Evans discusses her experiences working for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during the construction of the Kentucky Dam. She describes the hiring process and her responsibilities working in the accounting office. She recounts issues such as office interactions, employee turn-over rates, moonlighting and safety issues. The second half of the interview examines her experiences residing in the Kentucky Dam Village during the early 1940s. She recalls the daily life of the workers, racial interactions, social gatherings and extra-curricular activities during her residence in the village.

Biographical / Historical note: Mayme Evans was born in 1920 in New Columbia, Massac County, Illinois. In 1939 she began working for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during the construction of Kentucky Dam in the accounting office. She remained in the Kentucky Dam Village until her husband was discharged from the United States Army in July of 1945. She died on May 30, 2002 in Vienna, Illinois.

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:

Evans, Mayme, 1920-2002.

Kentucky Dam (Ky.)

Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dams – Kentucky.

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

New Columbia (Ill.)