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John Fain Anderson Scrapbooks

Identifier: AppMs-0288

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.

Volume descriptions include a selection of subjects included in that particular volume but are by no means comprehensive. With the exception of the day book, all volumes are prefaced by handwritten indexes, presumably created by Anderson.


  • 1796-1938


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of the scrapbooks.


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

Language of Materials



Volume numbers assigned by Fain have been retained whenever possible, and numbers were 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.

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.

Volumes 24, 25, and 26 were donated by David L. Brabson and Jo Arnot Brabson, accession 2022-009.

Processing Information

Scott Schwartz, Karen House, Ed Speer, Norma Myers, and Georgia Greer processed the collection in 1987, 1990 and 1997. Jen Bingham incorporated three additional volumes in August 2022.

Anderson, John Fain, Scrapbooks
Scott Schwartz, Karen House, Ed Speer, Norma Myers, and Georgia Greer
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

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