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Marshall A. Wilson Collection (Gift of Gail Wilson Knoll).

Identifier: MSC 0919

Scope and Contents

Marshall A. Wilson Collection: Norris material: Families of Norris Reservoir Area (Author’s original manuscript copy--some photographs different from copy in McClung Collection); Norris area photographs & negatives ; Norris Reservoir Land Map (TVA, July 1936) (Marshall A. Wilson’s copy, hand colored & marked); “Norris Dam At Night” (panoramic photograph by Rell Clements). Tennessee Land Warrants: John and Landon Carter books, 1778-1784 (now published). Researched, abstracted and indexed Marshall A. Wilson (files & index). Maps: “Cherokee Highlands Map” (hand drawn originals by Marshall A. Wilson + 3 oversize printing negatives from UT Press + other original maps drawn by Marshall Wilson. Printed maps of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tenn. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Smoky Mountains Hiking Club--Handbooks, 1926-1983 (26 issues; History, 1924-1974); Club Songs.


  • 1910 - 1972

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at

Biographical / Historical

Marshall A Wilson (1901-1983), a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, was the son of Audley Rhea and Edna Moore Wilson. He graduated from Central High School and attended Maryville College for two years 1921-1922 and 1923-1924. In 1927 Marshall Wilson was married to Zelman Tadlock (1906-1987) in Knox County, Tennessee. The couple met in 1926 in the newly created Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, of which Marshall was a charter member. Marshall continued to be an active and enthusiastic member of the hiking club for the rest of his life. Marshall worked with the program for boys at the new YMCA in Knoxville along with George Barber, another founder of the hiking club. In 1933 Marshall Wilson became an employee of the new Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He remained with TVA for twenty-five years. His early projects at Norris Dam included documenting the families being removed for the new reservoir and assisting with the grave removal program, moving graves which would be inundated by the lake. Marshall published two books about his years working at Norris Dam—Families of the Norris Reservoir Area (1949) and Norris Reservoir Scrapbook (1977). His last book was Tales from the Grass Roots of TVA, 1933-1952 (1982). Marshall Wilson died on July 25, 1983 and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Knoxville.


8 boxes

1 oversize folder

3 roll

Language of Materials


Under Revision
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States