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Fanning-Smalley family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS88

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and items relating to the lives of John C. Fanning and Ella Smalley Fanning. The majority of correspondence prior to 1900 was sent to Ella Smalley and relates to her education. She received numerous correspondence from J.H. Ware, Principal of Williams Creek Academy in Norwood, Georgia.


  • 1871-1940, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1885 - 1909


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

John Colley Fanning (1867-1952), son of John Colley Fanning (1821-1870) and Marcie A. Gartrell Fanning (1833-1909), was born in Wilkes county, Georgia, on January 22, 1867. He married Ella Smalley (1864- ?), who taught at the Citizens Academy in Columbia County, Georgia, in about 1901. Smalley was born in Columbus, Georgia to store owners Ferdinand Smalley (1824-1902) and Elizabeth Smalley (1842-?). John and Ella Fanning-Smalley had one child, Joseph (1904-1965) and lived in Adasburg, Georgia. John C. worked as a stock dealer, switch dealer, and stable salesman who bought and sold horses and mules.


0.834 linear ft. (two document cases)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1970

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2016.

Fanning-Smalley family papers
Brittany Walters
May 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305