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MSS 036 Fowler Family collection Edit


MSS 036


  • ca. 1860-1952 (Creation)


  • .21 Linear Feet (Whole)
    One half letter document box



  • Abstract

    Correspondence, photographs, and personal ephemera of the Fowler Family of Athens, Georgia, for the most part pertaining to Joel Jackson Fowler and his daughter, Rebecca.

  • Physical Description


  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection has no restrictions. This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

  • Preferred Citation

    Fowler Family collection, MSS 036, Heritage Room, Athens Clarke-County Library.

  • Scope and Contents

    The oldest items in the collection are photographs, apparently collected by or given to Rebecca Fowler. Among them are pictures of Joel Jackson Fowler and several other Fowler family members. Another photograph of Joel Jackson Fowler is pasted onto a cardboard frame bearing the inscription, “Hagos, Photo. Athens, Ga.” Other photographs depict homes in Athens, suggesting that members of the Fowler Family had lived in Athens for decades.

    The collection also includes a 1924 letter addressed to “Mrs. Joel J. Fowler” (Olivia Bond Fowler, 1872-1957) from Thomas E. Winn, a Confederate veteran living in Greensboro, Georgia, who served with the recipient’s father. According to the letter, Olivia Bond Fowler had written Winn asking for evidence of her father’s service in the Confederate Army.

    Besides the C. D. items, the following Second World War-era items are included: ration cards, most contained within a Ration Book Holder printed by the Quality Park Envelope Co.; and a copy of the Army Song Book published by the Adjutant General’s Office, dated 1941. The C. D. armbands/ headbands were manufactured by the Felt Crafters of Plaistow, New Hampshire. The patches (bearing a red cross) were likely meant to be sewn onto a headband or armband.

    Finally, the collection includes an autographed copy of Understanding by Mell M. Stephenson, an Athens resident; the signature dated December, 1952. The pamphlet, published by the McGregor Company, based in Athens, is dedicated to the author’s son, Lieutenant Mell M. Stephenson, Jr., who died during the Second World War. It is a religious book and features a foreword by E. P. Mallary, also a Athens resident. The connection between the Stephenson and Fowler families is unknown at this time.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is organized in a single series.


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