Project Abstract

During the Rebels Rest Research and the work underway by the Project for Slavery, Race and Reconciliation we became aware of the Fairbanks Collection, 1817-1942 | house at Florida State Univ in their Special Collections & Archives. This material is not duplicated in our Sewanee Archives and holds documents tantamount to the the Rebels Rest Research as well as anyone interested in the history of the University and the Southern Cumberland Plateau.

We propose to have Tanner Potts, who is well versed in this type of research related to the Univ, spend one week at FSU to get as much information as possible. This information will be shared with different research groups and submitted to the Sewanee Archives for everyone’s use.


Project Alignment with the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies

George Fairbanks and his family are key to the understanding of the development of the University, and the cultural landscape of the Southern Cumberland Plateau and even the wider networks of the privileged and influential planters and upper levels of the Episcopal Church in the 19th and early 20th century.


Project Impact

Access to information otherwise unavailable to the campus and general research community beyond Florida State University, and continued sharing of documents with the Sewanee Archives.