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East Tennessee Light and Power Company Records, 1898-1945, 1950 | Archives of Appalachia

Title: East Tennessee Light and Power Company Records, 1898-1945, 1950Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1920-1945
ID: 500/AppMs 156
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Arrangement: The records contained no organizational charts for the companies, and the arrangement of the records did not appear to reflect the organization of the company. The records are divided into two subgroups: Subgroup 1, Financial Records; and Subgroup 2, Operating Records.

Subgroup 1 contains six series including Series 1, Government Tax and Agency Files; Series 2, Subject Files (primarily budgets, legal contracts, account statements, and audits); Series 3 Marketing Files; Series 4, Supporting Files (memoranda, supporting details, work papers, and preliminary reports); Series 5, Overhead Cost Studies; and Series 6, Miscellaneous Bound Volumes (ledgers, budget analysis, and earning statements).

Subgroup 2, Operating Records, consists of four series: Series 1, Bound Volumes (operating ledgers, generation reports, inventories, voucher and job order analyses); Series 2, Job Order Files; Series 3, Subject Files (blueprints, photo albums, construction estimates, operating logs, inventories, and requisitions); Series 4, Photographs and Negatives. Oversized blueprints were removed from the records and placed in the map cabinets, according to accession number. Photographs which were part of reports or in photo albums were left with the records, while other photographs have been place in Series 5 and stored in the photographic storage area.

The original articles of incorporation, board of directors' minutes, and personnel files were not included in this records group. When the Tennessee Valley Authority purchased East Tennessee Light and Power Company, many of the employees were retained by the authority and the personnel files were integrated with TVA personnel files.
Extent: 116.5 linear feet
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Scope and Contents: The East Tennessee Light and Power Company records contain correspondence, tax statements, quarterly and annual reports, budgets, account statements, ledgers, job orders, inventories and blueprints. Although the records date from 1989 to 1945, the bulk of the material was generated between 1920 and 1945. The records consist substantially of the documents required for reports to, and audit by, external agencies to which the company was accountable, including Securities and Exchange Commission; Federal Power Commission; Internal Revenue Service; and the appropriate agencies in the states of North Carolina, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Virginia. The remainder of the records largely concern the generation and transmission of electricity by the company and the purchase of East Tennessee Light and Power Company by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Although personnel files were not included in this records group, one TVA payroll ledger, dated 1950, is part of the collection. Photographs which were part of reports or in photo albums were left with the records; other photographs have been placed in Series 6 in Subgroup 2 and stored in the photographic storage area.

Two additions to the collection include annual reports and tax files of ETLPC and related companies to state and federal government agencies; budgets, property assessments, earning and expense statements, requisitions and working papers relating to the finances of the companies, and inventories, purchase orders, job orders and operating reports concerning electrical generation and distribution by the companies. The records of East Tennessee Light and Power Company, Tennessee Eastern Electric Company, Watauga Power Company, Carolina Engineering Company and Johnson City Traction Corporation are represented. The additions also inlcude cost analysis data on regional substations as well as transmission/communication systems. Also included in the papers are substation inventories; electrical engineering and architectural blueprints; maps of transmission/distribution systems; and the sales agreement and deeds pertaining to the transfer of ETLPC to TVA.


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