Skip to main content

Tennessee Valley Authority Cemetery Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0733

Scope and Contents

The flooding of the areas and construction on the Cherokee and Douglas dams forced a number of graves to be removed and relocated by TVA. Before this was done, TVA generated a number of records as to where the graves had been located as well as their new locations. The Tennessee Valley Authority Cemetery Records contain information on TVA grave removals and cemetery data for both the Cherokee Reservoir and Douglas Reservoir areas in East Tennessee. Included in the collection are a number of land acquisition and preliminary land ownership maps, and maps detailing cemeteries before grave removal at both Cherokee Reservoir and Douglas Reservoir. The collection includes photocopies of Cherokee Dam construction photographs and an index to negatives that are stored in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) branch in Georgia. The collection was created by Donald Heiss through years of research that led to his book Family Histories: Lives Lost, Lives Found, Lives Honored Again! The collection covers the period of 1941-2003, with some undated materials.


  • Creation: 1940-2003 and undated


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


0.50 linear feet (1 box, 1 oversized folder)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged as one series with material filed alphabetically by subject. Maps in the oversized folder are arranged alphabetically by the title of the map.

Method of Acquisition

The Tennessee Valley Authority Cemetery Records were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Donald R. Heiss, Jefferson City, Tennessee, on July 22, 2006.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Brianne Johnson and opened for research in December 2006.

Brianne Johnson
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA