James L. Fuller Collection

This collection consists of personal letters and legal documents mainly pertaining to residents of Troup County, Georgia. Among the legal documents are bills of sale for the purchase of slaves, a land deed, and the last will and testament of John Shank.


The collection includes personal correspondence from 1891-1897, and legal documents from 1827-1879. Among the documents are bills of sale for the purchase of slaves and the last will and testament of John Shank. 

A Brief History

These documents were recovered in the summer of 2019. A note was included within the papers requesting their return to James L. Fuller if deemed of no use to the library. Additional information about the donation has not been recovered at this time.

The documents and letters in this collection provide a narrow window into the lives of their creators. Many of them pertain to John Shank and his family, including a promissory note to his son, John A. Shank, and a letter to Ida, believed to be his granddaughter. Further biographical information about the people within these documents has not been verified at this time.

Research Aids

Finding Aid - PDF
Finding Aid - HTML
A finding aid is a guide to an archival collection. Finding aids include information about the collection’s creator(s) and subject matter, and describe the content, date, and format of the documents in a collection. Finding aids also detail the collection’s arrangement and include information for researchers about how to access and cite the collection. The HTML finding aid is available through ArchiveSpace.

Digitized Materials
Documents that have been digitized are available on Knoweldge Exchange, Southern Adventist University's institutional repository.

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