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John N. Fain Collection.

Identifier: MSC 0084

Scope and Contents

Collection of Fain family papers from East Tennessee. Includes: diaries of Eliza Rhea Anderson Fain (1816-1892), dating from 1834 to 1892; military papers of Richard G. Fain; papers from the Mossy Creek Cotton Mill, 1862-1879; account books, Bible entries for Fain and Anderson families; photographs; almanacs; recipes; slaves to Liberia (folder 31); Rhea family genealogy; Elizabeth Rhea Anderson diary; Hiram Fain diary; patent medicine circulars; ephemera. 11 boxes of processed material. Unprocessed boxes are labeled: Gifts of John N. Fain, Aug. 2001, no date, and as received.


  • 1816-1892

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


12 boxes + 3 boxes recd. 6/2006, 10/2006


Boxes 1-7 were microfilmed for the McClung Collection in 1996. The East Tennessee Historical Society received the original gift. They kept the artifacts, several books, and some manuscripts, and then transferred ownership of the remainder of the collection to the McClung Historical Collection. Several items exhibited 3rd floor display cases in 2009.

John N. Fain Collection.
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States