John W. Grant visual arts collection
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John W. Grant visual arts collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Anglin and Randall Photographers (Atlanta, Ga.).
Creator: Clifton Photography Studio (Athens, Ga.).
Creator: George Prince Studios (Washington, D. C.).
Creator: Grant, John William, 1867-1938
Title: John W. Grant visual arts collection
Dates: 1884-1888, undated
Quantity: 24.0 Image(s) (twenty-three cabinet cards and one photograph)
Identification: ahc.VIS208

Biographical/Historical Note

John William Grant (1867-1938) was born in West Point, Georgia, to William D. and Sarah Frances (Reid) Grant. His father, William D., and grandfather, John T. Grant (1813-1887), founded the Fannin, Grant and Company Railroad. John W. Grant graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1886, and earned a masters degree in accounting from the Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He married Annie Martin Inman (b. 1873), daughter of Hugh T. Inman, on April 11, 1893, and they had five children: Margaret VanDyke (Grant) Wilmer (1894-1974); William D. (1895-1931); Hugh Inman (1896-1906); John W., Jr. (1901-1972); and Annie Inman (1903-1993). In 1888, John W. Grant went to work for his father in the Grant Construction Company where he supervised construction of the Grant Office Building at 22 Marietta Street. Grant was also the director of the Third National Bank and president of the Georgia Savings Bank. He was a special commissioner of the Southern Railway Trust Company of Georgia and also a director of the Southern Mutual Insurance Company. He owned the Kimball House Company, a wedding gift from his father-in-law. He was a member of the Atlanta City Council (1907-1909), where he served as the chairman of its finance committee, and was also alderman from the Sixth Ward (1909-1911). Grant was a member of the board of education and a trustee of the Georgia Institute of Technology, donating land for the football field, which was named in honor of his son, Hugh Inman Grant. He was a member of numerous social clubs including the Piedmont Driving Club and the Druid Hills Golf Club. He was active in the Society of the Cincinnati; Society of Colonial Wars; Sons of the American Revolution; the Atlanta Art Association; and the Chi Phi fraternity.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains cabinet cards collected by John W. Grant. Seventeen of the mounted photographs are of classmates of Grant's from the University of Georgia (1885-1888). These images include Eugene M. Mitchell (1885), Charles F. Rice (1886), and Lucian L. Knight (1886). Another image from Grant's college years shows group of debate students posed after a debate in 1884. Other images include a boy with a chihuahua and a view of a carriage with four horses and footmen outside a building in the commune of Saint-Cloud in France. There is also an image of four men and a woman believed to be relatives of Grant as well as an unmounted portrait of an unidentified man.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Athens (Ga.)
Barnes, John A.
Barrett, Dutch, Jr., (W. H.)
Burdett, J. R.
Carswell, W. D.
Carter, J. W.
Clothing & dress--1880-1890
Clothing and dress--History--19th century
Evans, B. B.
Fraternal organizations--Georgia--Athens
Gilbert, James J., b. 1865
Grant, John William, 1867-1938
Hutchins, Nathan L., Jr., b. 1865
Johnson, R. H., Dr.
Knight, Lucian Lamar, 1868-1933
Lane, Augustus H.
McDaniel, Sanders, b. 1867
McEllmurray, J. S.
Meader, R. D.
Mitchell, Eugene Muse, 1866-1944
Portrait photography
Rice, Charles F., 1867-1928
Saint Cloud (France)
Slaton, John M.
Stanton, Edwin O., b. 1868
Suresnes (France)
Ville-d'Avray (France)
Wooten, William E., 1867-1913

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John W. Grant visual arts collection, VIS 208, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1956


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 Research Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Container List




VIS 208.001VIS 208.001VIS 208.001 People, groups, undated ( 3.0 Image(s) )



VIS 208.002VIS 208.002VIS 208.002 People, portraits, 1884-1886, undated ( 18.0 Image(s) )



VIS 208.003VIS 208.003VIS 208.003 Scene, France, undated ( 3.0 Image(s) )