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Collection Number: 05771

Collection Title: Randy Hodges Collection on the Solar Greenhouse Employment Project, 1970s-1980s

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 650 items)
Abstract Randy Hodges, a civil engineer educated at Vanderbilt University, served as a consultant on the Solar Greenhouse Employment Project (SGEP), a non-profit initiative which sought to address rising food and heating costs and unemployment in rural communities in the South during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The collection contains proposals to foundations; construction design drawings; building instructions; lists of supplies and tools; notes; planting recommendations; correspondence; photographs; newspaper clippings; organizational records including newsletters and project and expense reports; and printed items including brochures, publications about alternative fuels and greenhouse gardening, and copies of government documents, chiefly from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Collection materials reflect the SGEP's objective to promote self-sufficiency with renewable energy on small and minority-owned farms and its efforts to increase employment opportunities in rural communities, particularly through workshops on solar greenhouse construction in Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Creator Hodges, Randy.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Randy Hodges Collection on the Solar Greenhouse Employment Project #5771, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Randy Hodges in January 2018 (Acc. 103312).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Processed by: Laura Hart, February 2018

Encoded by: Laura Hart, February 2018

Updated by: Nancy Kaiser

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Approximately 650 items.


Approximately 250 items
Image Box 1

Solar greenhouse construction, circa 1979-1980

Black-and-white prints.

Color prints.

Color sides (mounted).

Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee locations.

Digital Folder DF-5771/1

"Solar Greenhouses" (digitized photograph album), circa 1979

PDF of the entire album.

Images of individual album pages.

Processing information: The original photograph album was digitized in February 2018 to capture the intent and context of the album as a whole. Following digitization, the album was dismantled in order to preserve the images.

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Approximately 400 items

Processing information: Where possible, original file folder titles were retained and indicated with quotation marks.

Folder 1

"Solar Greenhouse Employment Project: Proposed Operation," undated

Folder 2

Proposals, 1979

Includes proposals to Task Force on World Hunger Presbyterian Church, U.S. and the Mary Reynolds Babcock foundation.

Folder 3-4

"Project reports and publicity," 1978-1980

Monthly updates for supporters that pertain chiefly to SGEP's work in Alabama.

Folder 5-6

Correspondence, 1978-1979 and undated

Chiefly correspondence addressed to Randy Hodges.

Folder 7

Southern Regional Council, 1979

Consultant statements of work.

Folder 8

Appointment calendar, 1979

Folder 9

"Sun-Up" (newsletter), 1979-1980

Folder 10

"Solar Greenhouse Employment Project" (newsletter), 1983

Folder 11-12

Clippings, 1973-1980

Folder 13

"Solar Advertising," 1980

Includes "A Local Market Survey for Solar Greenhouses" drafts of wanted ads, and newspaper clippings.

Folder 14

"Expense reports and financial matters," 1979-1980

Folder 15

"Salary items," 1979

Randy Hodges' consultant statements of work and memorandum concerning The Youth Project.

Folder 16

Solar Greenhouse Employment Project registration form," undated

Folder 17

Greenhouse Employment Project job descriptions, undated

Folder 18

"What Is A Solar Greenhouse," undated

Also includes "What could cut your heating cost…"

Folder 19

"Greenhouse Manual," undated

Folder 20

"Solar Greenhouse Construction: Comment and Critique," undated

Folder 21

Construction, 1970s

Includes "Basic Steps in the Construction of an Attached Solar Greenhouse" and construction drawings for the Graham Farm and Training Center in Wadesboro, N.C.

Folder 22

"The Material List," undated

"The Material List is set up so you the owner or organization can choose the option most suitable to the existing structure and your finances."

Folder 23

Notes, undated

Includes a list of tools needed.

Folder 24

"Solar Greenhouse Monitoring," undated

Folder 25

"General Data,"

Data sheets.

Folder 26

"Solar Dryer Window Box Unit," undated

Folder 27

"Planting Layout for the Solar Greenhouse," undated

Folder 28

"Other Solar Applications," 1970s

Chiefly printed materials concerning solar energy. Includes a booklet from the U.S. Department of Energy, "Engineering Concerns in Solar System Design and Operation."

Folder 29

"Solar Greenhouse Operation in the Southeast," undated

Folder 30

Alabama monthly update, 1980

Folder 31

"Bob and Annetta's GH,"

Greenhouse operated in Harriman, Tenn. Chiefly handwritten notes and construction drawings.

Folder 32

"Rainsville" (Alabama), 1979

Includes press release title "Solar Greenhouse Construction Workshop."

Folder 33

"JW's Greenhouse," undated

Greenhouse operated in Petros, Tenn.

Folder 34

"Tuscaloosa" (Alabama), 1979

Includes a flyer for a workshop. "Learn how to cut your heating bill by 20 to 40 percent and grow fresh fruits, vegetables, or potted plants all next winter."

Folder 35

"Alabama Solar Energy Center," 1979 and undated

Folder 36

Institute for Southern Studies, 1979

Folder 37

"Graham Center," 1970s

Pertains to the Graham Farm and Training Center in Wadesboro, N.C. Includes printed items about the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund.

Folder 38

"Huntersville Workshop," undated

Includes blueprint.

Folder 39

Solomon Hollow Greenhouse, 1980

Design drawings.

Folder 40

"Morgan Co U. -Ag-1st Class,"

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Contains completed job applications for SGEP.

Folder 41

"Morgan Co U. -Ag- 2nd Class,"

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Contains completed job applications for SGEP.

Folder 42

"Pest Control on Commercial Greenhouse Floral Crops," 1976

University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Services.

Folder 43

"Tennessee Stuff," 1979-1980

Includes brochures, clippings, mailing lists, and a schedule for a 1980 workshop on "Energy in Agriculture" in Pikesville, Tenn.

Folder 44

Tennessee Solar Energy Association, 1979-1980

Chiefly newsletters.

Folder 45

"Solar Building Tour 1980 Solar Update Tennessee"

Folder 46

"Tennessee Solar Energy Association Solar Update," 1980

Folder 47

Tennessee Solar Energy Association workshop, 1980

Folder 48

"Energy in Agriculture Primer," 1980

Tennessee Solar Energy Association.

Folder 49

"Climatic Data Base," 1980

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Folder 50

Tennessee Valley Authority, 1980

Pertains to Passive Solar Retrofit Project, Modular Solar Housing Program, and contracts with Randy Hodges.

Folder 51

"TVA Presentation," undated

Detailed outline.

Folder 52

Tennessee Valley Authority, 1981

Includes a program summary for the Solar Applications Branch and "Four Goals of First Constituency Meetings."

Folder 53

"TVA Meeting" (notebook), 1979

Handwritten notes by Randy Hodges.

Folder 54

"TVA Modular Solar Housing Program," 1980

Folder 55

"Summary Tennessee Valley Authority's Proposed Residential Conservation Service Plan, 1980

Folder 56

Tennessee Valley Authority and Solar Energy Research Institute, 1980

"Cost Effective Commercial Solar Applications."

Folder 57

"A Special Report From Congressman Albert Gore, Jr.," 1980

Folder 58

"Gasohol A Fourth District Workshop," 1980

Conducted by Congressman Albert Gore, Jr.

Folder 59

SOCM Sentinel newsletter, 1979

Save Our Cumberland Mountains.

Folder 60

Southern Changes: A Chronicle of the Ongoing Struggle for Equality, 1979

Southern Regional Council publication. "Black Farmers A Vanishing Breed," "Solar Greenhouses A Method of Survival for Small Farmers," etc.

Folder 61

"Project Focus," 1979

"Part of a primer on energy alternatives that would help lower the high costs of energy inputs on small farms."

Folder 62

Southern Unity Network/Renewable Energy Projects newsletter, undated

Folder 63

Southern Solar Energy Center newsletter, 1979

Folder 64

Articles, 1976, 1978, and undated

"Thermally Self Sufficient Greenhouses," "Commercial Growers Greenhouse at the Hidden Springs Nursery Cookeville, Tennessee," "A Large Scale Northern Climate Solar Garden," "Solar Heat for Grain Drying in Tennessee," "Industrialization and Social Change in Appalachia 1880-1930: A Look at the Static Image," and "Solar Rays Used to Dry Corn."

Folder 65

"Final Report: Rural Student Health Coalition Community Outreach IV, June 1, 1972-May 31, 1973"

Folder 66

"Final Report Appalachian Project Rural Student Health Coalition VI," 1974

Folder 67

"Rural Student Health Coalition East Tennessee Project Grant Proposal," undated

Folder 68

"Rural Electric Cooperatives: Growing in the Wrong Direction," 1978

Folder 69

"Passive Solar Design Handbook," 1980

Folder 70

"Putting the Sun To Work In Industry," 1979

Solar Energy Research Institute.

Folder 71

"Passive Design Ideas for the Energy Conscious Consumer," undated

Folder 72

The Energy Consumer, 1979-1980

"A National Solar Strategy & Solar Resource Guide" and "Alcohol Fuels."

Folder 73

Solar Status, undated

National Solar Heating and Cooling Information Center.

Folder 74

Foundations 1970s

Includes The Youth Project, New World Foundation, and John Hay Whitney Foundation.

Folder 75-76

Brochures, 1970s

Includes "Alcohol Fuels Report most complete guide to ethanol production."

Folder 77

"Glazing info," 1979-1980

Pertains to construction supplies such as "UVEX plastic sheet."

Folder 78

"On Site Commercial Solar Greenhouse," undated

Folder 79

"Why Should You Consider a Dixie Royal Solar Home," 1980

Folder 80

"Living with Natural Energy Design for a Limited Planet," 1976

Folder 81

"Fuel from Farms, A Guide to Small Scale Ethanol Production," 1980

Folder 82

"Greenhouse Gardening," 1977

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