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Ellis D. Robb scrapbooks

Identifier: ahc.MSS846

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 43 scrapbooks which contain newspaper clippings, photographs, magazine articles, letters, and notes written by Robb. Material covers banking and business; genealogy and the Robb family; movies, theatre, and the circus; politics; World War II, celebrities; Robb’s homes in Eldora and Atlanta; and autograph collecting. Robb collected material between 1920 and 1943, but items themselves date to as early as 1863.


  • 1920-1943, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

Ellis D. Robb (1869-1943) was born in Eldora, Iowa to Benjamin D. Robb (1840-1926) and Mary J. Parker (1842-1909). He married Adelaide Louisa Smith (1873-?) in 1892; the couple had two children, Marian (married name Swingley) (1895-?) and Lyman E. (1897-1950), and three grandchildren, Franne Robb (1927-?), Jean Swingley (1927-?), and Robb E. Swingley (1917-1973). Ellis D. Robb worked at the Hardin County bank and as a National Bank Examiner in Iowa. He was also involved in civic and political affairs; he raised $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie for the Eldora Public Library, built in 1902, and served both as a councilman and as the Mayor of Eldora. In 1923 Robb moved to Atlanta to become Chief National Bank Examiner of the 6th Federal Reserve District, a job he held until 1937. He was an avid autograph collector. Ellis D. Robb died in Atlanta on July 10, 1943.


35.1 linear ft. (26 oversized boxes)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged by scrapbook number, and is roughly chronological.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1974

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2016.
Ellis D. Robb scrapbooks
Brittany Walters
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305