He helps preserve company treasures

Archivist Akeem Flavors takes over Instagram and reveals what's in the archives

Akeem Flavors is one of two company archivists responsible for preserving Duke Energy's memories. Flavors maintains a collection of hundreds of thousands of old photographs, run-of-the-mill documents like annual reports and unusual pieces of history including a cannon that shot transmission lines across the Catawba River during the flood of 1916

Duke Energy began as Catawba Power Co. in the early 1900s to provide energy to textile mills with hydroelectric power. Since the first hydro plant started churning in 1904, Duke Energy has grown to include coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar and wind. It's expanded to several states and provides energy for more than 24 million people. As it grows, so does its collection of artifacts. 

Flavors took over the Duke Energy Instagram (@duke_energy) to give us a look at a day in the life of an archivist and a chance to see some interesting company history (including the cannon.)

 

Hi. I'm Akeem Flavors, and I'm an archivist here at Duke Energy. I'm taking over our Instagram account for #throwbackthursday and giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what I do. 📚 . . . #dayinthelife #tbt #energy

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Each morning starts in the Processing Room. Before we can preserve anything, it first needs to be catalogued. We receive dozens of donations a week from across our seven-state service area, including artifacts from our legacy companies. . . . #dayinthelife #tbt #energy

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We recently received these Nashville Gas Company items from Piedmont Natural Gas, showcasing their history in Music City. These are great examples of the kinds of items we receive from our legacy companies, and even from their legacy companies. . . . #dayinthelife #tbt #energy

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Here I'm reviewing slides of past construction projects and cataloging them for future reference. 📷 . . . #dayinthelife #tbt #energy

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We maintain an extensive collection - nearly 600,000 photos, an astounding number of Reddy Kilowatt knickknack and even a cannon used to shoot transmission lines across the Catawba River during the flood of 1916. . . . #dayinthelife #tbt #energy

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Preserving Duke Energy's history is critical because it's also the history of the local communities we serve, including the Carolinas, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and our legacy companies such as Cincinnati Gas & Electric, Florida Power Corp. and Public Service of Indiana. 💡 . . . #dayinthelife #tbt #energy #archives

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This summer we've been working on a history exhibit for employees, showcasing more than 100 years of electrifying history. As one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, Duke Energy is at the forefront of new beginnings. The history exhibit is a nice reminder that while we're investing in the future, we'll never forget the people and the events that got us where we are today. ⚡️ . . . #dayinthelife #tbt #energy #archives

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Thank you so much for following along during my takeover. I hope you enjoyed the tour around the past! 📽🏷🗞 . . . #dayinthelife #tbt #energy #archives

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For more company history, check out previous posts from our bi-weekly Retro Photos series.