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Sidney Lanier monument photographs and portrait

Identifier: ahc.VIS324

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs of poet Sidney Lanier, his birthplace marker, and scenes from the Marshes of Glynn and the Chattahoochee River.


  • approximately 1975


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Sidney Lanier (1842-1881) was born in Macon, Georgia, to Robert Sampson Lanier (1819-1893) and Mary Jane Anderson (1822-1865). He attended Oglethorpe University and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Lanier fought in the Civil War as a private for the Confederate Army. After the Civil War, Lanier moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where he worked as a desk clerk at the Exchange Hotel and performed as a musician. It was around this time he wrote his only novel, the semi-autobiographical Tiger Lilies and served as principal in a school in nearby Prattville, Alabama.

In 1867, Lanier married Mary Day (1844–1931) of Macon, Georgia. They had four sons: Charles Day Lanier (1868–1945), Sidney Lanier, Jr. (1870-1918), Henry Wysham Lanier (1873-1958), and Robert Sampson Lanier (1880–1912). While practicing law for several years in his father's office, Lanier began writing poetry. He was famous for his performances in the Peabody Orchestra in Baltimore, Maryland, notably for a personal composition for the flute called "Black Birds," which mimics the song of that species. Lanier wrote poetry for magazines, becoming known as the "Poet of the Confederacy," his best known works are "The Song of the Chattahoochee," "The Marshes of Glynn," and "Sunrise." Later in his life, he became a student, lecturer, and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, specializing in English literature.


6 image(s) (Six color photographic prints)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1978


VIS 324 was previously catalogued as LAN.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.
Sidney Lanier monument photographs and portrait
Timothy Cole Hale
September 2018
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305