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2002-2003 Visiting Fellows

Bill Drumwright
University of Tennessee

I'm delighted to write this report, because I have had a wonderful experience in connection with the Fellowship Program. The funds I received ($1,500) helped pay for my research (May 20-24, 2002) in the David Lilienthal Papers, held at Mudd Library. From my reckoning, it has been a fruitful trip.

I am using these documents in my dissertation, "A River for War, A Watershed to Change: The Tennessee Valley Authority During World War II;" an article (scheduled for submission in Spring 2003) for the Princeton University Library Chronicle; and a scholarly paper, to be presented in June 2003 at the World War II Conference, held at Siena College near Albany, NY. My dissertation, moreover, has future publication possibilities. At the recent Southern Historical Assocation conference in Baltimore (Nov. 6-9), I spoke with editors from nine academic presses (Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana State, South Carolina, Illinois, Nebraska, and Missouri.) All nine expressed warm interest, asking me to follow up with a synopsis and other supporting material.

Throughout my stay at Princeton, I received excellent support from John Delaney, Daniel Linke of Mudd Library, and Gretchen Oberfranc of the Library Chronicle. All three were generous with their courtesy and their time in answering my questions, and in directing my spouse and myself around the Princeton area. The only snafu was a glitch in receiving my W-9 form, which delayed the receipt of my monies until I returned to Knoxville. The staff at Mudd worked with me, holding the check for my copies until I received my funds. I received my copies in excellent shape and with ample time to use them for the aforementioned projects.

My only wish is that I can apply again, and I hope that subsequent applications are permitted. The holdings at Mudd are especially strong regarding the Cold War, and these collections would be of great benefit for my future project on the Tennessee Valley Authority during the early postwar period (1945-1960.) As with my dissertation, this work would hold great possibilities for publication as a monograph.


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