Anna R. Jordan Papers
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Anna R. Jordan Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Jordan, Anna R., (Anna Rauschenberg), 1851-1929
Title: Anna R. Jordan Papers
Dates: 1844-1921, undated
Quantity: 0.23 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: .21 linear ft. (1/2 document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS128

Biographical/Historical Note

Anna R. Jordan (1851-1929) was born Anna Rauschenberg on February 20, 1851 in Dalton, Georgia where she lived with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Christian Rauschenberg. The Rauschenbergs moved to Atlanta in 1868. Prior to her parents move to Atlanta, Anna married Charles Jordan (1840-1911). Charles and Anna first appear in the Atlanta City Directory in 1874. Charles had taken a job as a machinist. The couple had eleven children.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes letters addressed to Anna Jordan from family and friends, along with personal items of her family. Included are letters to Anna R. Jordan from Inez James, a teenaged girl in Varnell’s Station, Georgia. Two letters from Ms. James describe how she and her neighbors were under siege from Union soldiers who confiscated food and personal items from their farms. Her letters after the war briefly tell of Union occupation, weddings, and her school work. Correspondence from Anna’s mother includes descriptions of her houses in Albany and Atlanta, and that they have taken in borders. Other letters describe family and friends, gardening, Union occupation in Albany, local politics, and Anna’s “duties of a housewife.” Other items include letters to Anna from her son William, and her grandson Joe M. Ford who was stationed at Camp Gordon during World War I. The collection includes obituaries for two of Anna’s daughters, a children’s book belonging to Joe Ford, and a collection of handwritten essays. The essays were perhaps written by Anna Jordan when she was a student and include corrections and comments made in red ink, presumably by an instructor. The essays include such titles as “Resist the Beginnings of Evil;” “Is the Mind of Woman Inferior to that of Man?” “Independence Must Have Limits;”; “Knowledge is Power;” and “The Wrongs of the Indian.”


This collection is arranged according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Jordan family
Jordan, Anna R., (Anna Rauschenberg), 1851-1929
Jordan, Charles, 1840-1911
Rauschenberg family
Rauschenberg, Christian
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Georgia
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Women--History--19th century

Administrative Information

Existance and Location of Copies

Transcriptions of selected letters are available in Box 1, Folder 3

Preferred Citation

Anna R. Jordan Papers, MSS 128, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John W. Russey, and Mrs. Lawton Grant, 1977; (1977.577); 1978; (1978.97, 1978.127, 1978.382, 1978.229)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2009


Conditions Governing Access

The 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.

Container List




11Letters from Inez James, 1864-1868
2Letters from Mrs. Rauschenberg (Anna Jordan’s mother), 1867-1869
3Selected transcriptions of letters in folders 1 and 2
4Letter from Mary K. (a friend of Anna Jordan), 1866
5Letters from Sidney (Anna’s brother), 1887
6Letters from William Jordan (Anna’s son), 1921
7Letter from Joe M. Ford (Anna’s grandson), 1917
8Essays, undated
9Poem in German (with translation), 1844
10Obituaries, Mrs. John Daniel, Mrs. John W. Russey, undated
11Little Stories for Little People, 1881