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John Fain Anderson Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-288

Scope and Contents

The John Fain Anderson Collection consists of 23 scrapbooks created by Anderson. The scrapbooks include newsclippings, brochures, obituaries, correspondence, photographs, postcards, greeting cards and handwritten notes concerning historical events, genealogies of families and biographical information on prominent individuals, political events, and educational institutions in upper East Tennessee. Some subjects covered in the collection include: Washington College Academy, the Civil War, the battle of Kings Mountain, the Republican party, railroads, local histories concerning Greeneville and Jonesborough, Tennessee, and prominent families and individuals such as Samuel Doak, Andrew Johnson, Brownlow family, Blackburn family, Fain family, Joseph Wheeler and Seldon Nelson.

Index to collection available.


  • 1796-1938


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. The papers were opened for research in September 1987.


15.00 Boxes (23 Scrapbooks, 1 Folder, 1 Map)


The material contained in the scrapbooks date from 1796 to 1938. The volumes have overlapping dates, but are not arranged chronologically. Volume numbers assigned by Fain have been retained whenever possible, and numbers have been assigned to unmarked volumes. Loose pamphlets, financial documents and written historical sketches have been removed from the volumes and placed in a separate folder with the first volume. Volume descriptions highlight the subjects included within a particular volume but are by no means comprehensive. Some of the volumes contain indexes.

Method of Acquisition

The papers of John Fain Anderson were donated to the Archives of Appalachia on October 21, 1986 by Janis M. Anderson, L. E. Brabson Jr., Katherine Florence Brabson Vallillo, Margaret Ruth Brabson, Stanley Sylvester Anderson, William Fain Anderson, and David W. Gott.

Processing Information

Scott Schwartz, Karen House, Ed Speer, Norma Myers, and Georgia Greer processed the collection in 1987, 1990 and 1997.
Scott Schwartz, Karen House, Ed Speer, Norma Myers, and Georgia Greer
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA