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Ebersole, Gordon Keith, 1910-2004



  • Existence: 1910-2004

Gordon Keith Ebersole was born in Wakefield, Nebraska on February 23, 1910. In 1935, he began working for the Bureau of Reclamation as a civil engineer on the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State. This began a long career with the federal government, interrupted by military service in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1961, he became staff assistant to Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall during President Kennedy’s administration.

Coordinating the Interior department’s Area Redevelopment Administration, he made his first trip to Appalachia in 1963, meeting author and activist Harry Caudill. This experience led to a strong interest on Ebersole’s part to promote Appalachian causes, especially improvement of social and living conditions in the region. Following his retirement from government service in 1965, Ebersole focused his efforts on Appalachian development issues, where he was active with various grassroots organizations, including the Council of Southern Mountains and the Congress for Appalachian Development, which he helped found in 1966. (Note: See the related accession 74, Congress for Appalachian Development/Gordon Ebersole Collection, in the Archives of Appalachia).

Gordon Ebersole died February 21, 2004.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Congress for Appalachian Development: Gordon Ebersole Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-74
Arrangement The collection includes maps, publications, and numerous photographs. Maps have been stored with the archives' map collection and photographs in the photographic storage area. Frequently used publications have been placed in the archives' vertical file for more immediate accessibility. Other publications remain with the collection.The addition contains material which falls within the following existing series/subseries: Subseries 1.3, Congress for Appalachian Development Activities...
Dates: 1929-1977

Gordon Ebersole Personal Papers

Identifier: AppMs-427
Scope and Contents The Gordon Ebersole Personal Papers documents Ebersole’s interest in international, national, and Appalachian news events, issues, and personalities primarily covering the period of the 1970s and 1980s. Among the issues documented are the Equal Rights Amendment, the Watergate political crisis, national and regional politics, international affairs, aging, natural resources, sports, and obituaries of famous people. The collection includes notebooks of newspaper clippings, post cards,...
Dates: 1961-1993