Interview with Lawrence Calvert, June 7, 2017

Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project

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Lawrence Calvert, a former employee at TVA, begins the interview by discussing how he was hired at TVA. Next, Calvert details all of the positions he had at TVA throughout his career. The interviewee then talks of his father and his work at the original TVA in the 1930s. Calvert also shares some of his memories of the early version of TVA. Calvert then mentions some of the issues that TVA encountered during the 1960s. The process that TVA underwent to receive congressional funding is then detailed. Calvert's time spent in TVA's Information Office and Washington, D.C. office is examined. TVA's power as a borrowing authority is also described. TVA policy in relation to the environmental legislation and the environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s is explored. How TVA policy was influenced by internal hierarchy and competitiveness is considered. Additionally, Calvert summarizes his work after returning to Tennessee in the Forest Land Planning and Economic Community Divisions. Calvert's most vivid memories of the Economic Community Division are shared. Changes to TVA during Calvert's career are chronicled. The reputation of TVA at the beginning of Calvert's career is characterized. The impact of TVA upon Tennessee and the country at large is assessed. To conclude the interview, Calvert reveals his greatest accomplishments at TVA, and the original philosophy of TVA is applied to modern-day issues.

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2019oh1666_tvara0010

Interviewee Name

Lawrence Calvert

Interviewer Name

Philip Mummert

Interview Date

2017-06-07

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Calvert, Lawrence Interview by Philip Mummert. 07 Jun. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Calvert, L. (2017, June 07). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Calvert, Lawrence, interview by Philip Mummert. June 07, 2017, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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