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OH225 Barbara Washam Oral History

Barbara Washam Oral History

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

Series Number: OH225

Interviewee: Washam, Barbara

Interviewer: Rousey, Eric

Date interviewed: January 6, 1995

Processed by: Dieter C. Ullrich on November 22, 2013.

Date processed: November 22, 2013

Description: 2 sound discs (106 minutes)

Abstract: Barbara Evelyn Moore Washam discusses her experiences working for the Tennessee Valley Authority in the commissary at Kentucky Dam Village during the 1940's. She vividly describes the people, social events and community facilities of the village. She recalled living in the dormitories, rationing during the Second World War, recreational activities, entertainment, segregation, company managed stores, race relations and segregation in Paducah.

Biographical / Historical note: Barbara Evelyn Moore Washam worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority in the commissary at Kentucky Dam Village from 1942 to 1945. She arrived in Paducah from Nashville in 1940. She later worked as a bookkeeper at her husband's optometrist office in Mayfield. She died on January 14, 2011 in Paducah.

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:

Washam, Barbara Evelyn Moore, 1924-2011.

Marshall County (Ky.) – History.

Paducah (Ky.)

Kentucky Dam (Ky.)

Marshall County (Ky.) – History.

Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dams – Kentucky.

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