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J. W. Fanning Papers

J. W. Fanning Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: J. W. Fanning Papers
Creator: Fanning, John William, 1905-1997
Inclusive Dates: 1925-1997
Language: English
Extent: 2 box(es) (0.75 linear feet), including 24 photographs
Collection Number: RBRL/312/JWF
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The collection is comprised primarily of papers which document the personal and professional life of J. W. Fanning, former Vice President of Services at the University of Georgia and namesake of the Fanning Institute located at the University of Georgia. The collection includes photocopies of Fanning's Bible study notes, The Business of Farming: Problems and Exercises in Determining Profits, Planning Operations, and Keeping Records written by Fanning, and a Fanning Institute fan with images of Dr. Fanning and Cora Lee Fanning. Also included in this collection are two scrapbooks compiled by Fanning's family with photographs, clippings, correspondence, speeches, and program material documenting Fanning's life and career.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

John William Fanning was born on August 14, 1905 in Washington, Georgia. Dr. Fanning graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Sciences in Agriculture in 1927 and he received his Master of Science in Agriculture in 1928. Fanning started his work as an assistant county agent in Clarke County, where he began his work fostering leadership and development in rural communities. He continued his work in the Agricultural Extension Service serving in Macon, Perry, and Tifton.

In 1961, Fanning's efforts and involvement with the University of Georgia led to the creation of the Institute of Community and Area Development. Fanning was a Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and also Chairman for the Division of Agricultural Economics from 1956 to 1961. In 1965, President O.C. Aderhold appointed Fanning as Vice President for Services, a position he held until his retirement in 1972. Fanning was also instrumental in fulfilling developer Pat Pattillo's vision for Leadership Georgia. The program, formed in 1972, was inspired by and modeled after a Leadership Savannah program that Fanning helped establish in the 1950s. Leadership Georgia has since evolved into one of the most respected and diverse leadership programs of its type in the country. At Leadership Georgia's fifteenth anniversary celebration, Fanning was recognized as advisor-emeritus. In his lifetime, Dr. Fanning received many accolades including Distinguished Faculty Award from the College of Business Administration and a Special Alumni-Faculty Award from the Alumni Association. Governor Carl Sanders declared a J. W. Fanning Day in Georgia in his honor. Mercer University has recognized his achievements by granting him an Honorary Doctor of Law degree. Dr. Fanning passed away July 27, 1997, after a distinguished career serving the people of Georgia.

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised primarily of papers which document the personal and professional life of J. W. Fanning. The collection includes photocopies of Fanning's Bible study notes, The Business of Farming: Problems and Exercises in Determining Profits, Planning Operations, and Keeping Records written by Fanning, and a Fanning Institute fan with images of Dr. Fanning and Cora Lee Fanning. Also included in this collection are two scrapbooks compiled by Fanning's family with photographs, clippings, correspondence, speeches, and program material documenting Fanning's life and career.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection has been arranged to maintain the original order of Fanning's Bible study notes and scrapbooks.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J. W. Fanning Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2012.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Agricultural economics extension information series
Agriculture -- Economic aspects.
Fanning, John William, 1905-1997
Photographs.
Universities and colleges -- Georgia -- Faculty.
University of Georgia. Cooperative Extension Service.
University of Georgia. Office of the Vice President for Services

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Leadership Georgia Foundation, Inc. Records

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The AGHON Papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
boxfolder
11[24th Annual Meeting and Banquet for Agricultural Alumni Association, Mercer University Graduation], 1978, 1969
 
12[Fanning Institute Fan], undated
 
13 The Business of Farming: Problems and Exercises in Determining Profits, Planning Operations, and Keeping Records , 1948
 
14[Prayer by J. W. Fanning, Bible Study Lessons], 1982, 1991
 
15[Bible Study Lessons], 1979
 
16[Bible Study Lessons], 1980
 
17[Bible Study Lessons], circa 1980-1989
 
18[Bible Study Lessons], 1994
 
19[Bible Study Lessons], undated
 
110Scrapbook [Accolades, Recognition for services at University of Georgia] (folder 1 of 2), 3 (8x10) b/w photographs, 1925-1990s
 
111Scrapbook [Accolades, Recognition for services at University of Georgia] (folder 2 of 2), 10 (5x7) b/w, 4 (8x10) b/w, 1960s-1990s
 
boxfolder
21Scrapbook [J. W. Fanning Eulogies, First Baptist Church, Recognition Events] (folder 1 of 2), 1925-1997
 
22Scrapbook [Fanning family, Fanning Institute, Clippings] (folder 2 of 2) 2 (4x6) color, 1960s-1997
 
23Group Photograph: Tokyo Sightseeing Trip with J. W. Fanning and unidentified persons, 1 (4x6) b/w, 1960 April 15
 
24Photograph of Capt. J. W. Fanning Boat, 1 (5x7) color, undated
 
boxfolder
OS11Clippings and Photographs from Scrapbook, "Ag Man of the Year" and Kiwanis Club, 1961
 
OS12Proclamation for J. W. Fanning Day from Scrapbook, 1978 January 8
 
OS13"J. W. Fanning: Agent, Leader, Visionary" from Scrapbook, undated
 
OS14Kiwanis newsletter, Letter to J. W. Fanning from Scrapbook, 1960, 1977
 
OS15Photographs of J. W. Fanning from Scrapbook, 2 (4x5) b/w, 1 (8x10) b/w, undated