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Peripheral Activities
The Tennessee Valley Authority is well known for building dams and supplying power to rural areas. They have employed thousands of people and brought prosperity to previously blighted areas of the Tennessee Valley. Often unknown, however, are the numerous activities and technological advancements made on the periphery of the main work of power generation. In order to bring power to underdeveloped regions, TVA had to contend with the natural world. Their employees battled malaria and helped educate citizens about the disease as well. They surveyed and mapped hundreds of square miles of the southeastern United States, developed alternative means of fuel production, and helped with town planning and community design. They hired and trained young engineers in house, creating their own home grown knowledge base, and cultivating future leaders of the power industry. As part of the Lend-Lease program during World War II, TVA shared technology, equipment, and know-how with the Soviet Union to help meet their power production needs for the war effort and beyond. Since its inception during the depths of The Great Depression, TVA was much more than just a power company. Its peripheral activities and technological development affected nearly every aspect of people's lives with whom TVA came in contact.
Engineering Drawings in Russian

Russian Engineering Drawings

December 26, 1941

Biology Section Report

Biology Section annual Report

August 4, 1944

Treasury Department Letter

Treasury Dept. Letter

July 1943

James Watson Interview

James Watson Interview

October 2, 1970

Malaria and Its Control in the TN Valley

Malaria in the TN Valley

March 1942

Malaria: The Story of an Individual Problem and a Community Problem

Malaria: Two Problems

1941

Use of Apartment

Use of Apartment

August 24, 1943

Treasury Dept. Contract

Treasury Dept. Contract

February 25, 1943

TVA Facts Book

TVA Facts Book

October 29, 1934

Alcohol Fuel Program

Alcohol Fuel Program

February 12, 1980

 
USSR Power Developments

USSR Power Developments

July 31, 1961