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OH206 Victor Jarvis Oral History

Victor Jarvis Oral History

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

Series Number: OH206

Interviewee: Jarvis, Victor

Interviewer: Conner, Dorena

Date interviewed: March 31, 1995

Processed by: Benjamin J. Drake

Date processed: February 4, 2013

Description: 1 sound disc (26 minutes)

Abstract: Victor Jarvis describes the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kentucky Dam Project and its impact on Graves County, Kentucky and the surrounding area. He explains the economic conditions prior to the project and his being hired in 1939. Topics discussed in the interview included daily wages, training received, employee and racial relations, turnover rate and injuries and fatalities during construction. The interview concludes with Jarvis recounting his short time in the military and return to Graves County.

Biographical / Historical note: Victor Jarvis was born in Symsonia, Graves County, Kentucky on March 25, 1916. In July of 1939 he began work for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on the Kentucky Dam Project and remained there until he was drafted into the Army in 1944. He was discharged after a training accident. Upon discharge he returned to Graves County. He died on December 14, 2004.

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:

Jarvis, Victor, 1916-2004

Kentucky Dam (Ky.)

Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dams – Kentucky.

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

Graves County (Ky.)