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Nantahala Power and Light Company Collection

Identifier: MSS 02-07

Scope and Contents

Nantahala Power and Light was formed in 1929 by Alcoa to harness the hydroelectric power of Western North Carolina and serve as a public electric utility for the region. The company operated under Alcoa until 1988 when it was absorbed by Duke Power (Duke Energy). This collection primarily consists of the files of the company during this period.

The first addition to this collection primarily consists of bound volumes of minutes of board meetings, correspondence, brochures, clippings and scrapbooks, documents, publications, ephemera, audiocassettes, slides, photographs, and oversize materials.

The second addition to the Nantahala Power and Light Collection primarily consists of annual reports and regulatory documents: including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Form 1 Annual Reports and Annual Financial Reports. Also included are copies of the 1929 and 1930 Franchise and Lighting Contracts for the towns of Andrews and Marble, as well as a 1930 agreement for the construction of transmission lines in Graham Country. The collection also includes a few images of construction of several utility projects.


  • 1900 - 2003


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80.5 Linear Feet

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Numerical Guide to Files


2 Construction

3-1 Operation & Maintenance Small Plants

3-3 Transmission Lines

3-4 Substations

3-5 Distribution Lines

3-6 Thorpe Plant

3-8 System Operations

3-9 Nantahala Plant

3-10 Major Customers

3-11 Rate Schedules

3-14 Statistical Data

4-6 Office Equipment

4-7 Engineering Equipment

4-8 Automobiles and Trucks

4-9 Electrical Data

4-51 Automobile Supplies

4-52 Gas and Oils

4-53 Office Supplies

4-54 Aluminum Supplies (pamphlets, etc.)

4-100 Surplus Equipment

4-101 Returnable Containers and Reels

5-1 Acquisitions

5-2 Agencies

5-3 Donations

5-4 Engineering and Miscellaneous Surveys

5-5 Highways

5-6 Legal Matters

5-7 Alphabetical files, A-Z

5-8 Company Offices 5-9 Publications

5-10 Railroads

5-11 Regulator Commissions

5-12 Office Bulletins

5-13 Circular Letters

[? Blank] Plant Security

5-15 Organization, etc.

5-16 Hotels, Inns, etc.

6-1 Insurance

7-1 Medical and Compensation

8-1 Personnel and Applications

9-1 New Business

10-1 Land Correspondence

12-1 Taxes
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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States