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Anna R. Jordan Papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS128

Scope and Content

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.”


  • 1844-1921, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


0.23 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged according to titles supplied by staff.

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)

Existance and Location of Copies

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

General Physical Description note

Extent: .21 linear ft. (1/2 document case)


America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2009

Anna R. Jordan Papers: ahc.MSS 128
An Inventory of Her Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305