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OH205 Daniel W. Irvan Oral History

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Daniel W. Irvan Oral History

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

Series Number: OH205

Interviewee: Irvan, Daniel W.

Interviewer: Marshall, Tim

Date interviewed: December 8, 1995

Processed by: Benjamin J. Drake

Date processed: February 4, 2013

Description: 1 sound disc (47 minutes)

Abstract: Daniel W. Irvan describes the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kentucky Dam project and its impact on Marshall County, Kentucky. He describes farm life and economic conditions in Marshall County prior to the construction of Kentucky Dam. He explains the hiring process performed by the TVA, the duties he was assigned and work conditions on the jobsite. The interview concludes with an examination of the economic impact of the project on Marshall County and the surrounding area.

Biographical / Historical note: Daniel W. Irvan was born on September 12, 1919 in Hardin, Marshall County, Kentucky. He farmed until 1941 when he began to work for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on the Kentucky Dam project. Irvan continued to work for the TVA until he was drafted into the Army on January 18, 1943. After being discharged he returned to farming on a small scale while also working at a plant in Calvert City. He retired in 1980 and died on May 14, 2003.

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:

Irvan, Daniel W., 1919-2003

Kentucky Dam (Ky.)

Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dams – Kentucky.

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

Marshall County (Ky.)