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John B. Fairbank (AC 1867) Family Papers, 1817-1922
1 archives box (0.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Soldier, lawyer. Misc documents relating to John Fairbank's life and career, and those of his parents, sisters, and other members of his family.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the John B. Fairbank (AC 1867) Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the John B. Fairbank (AC 1867) Family Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

John B. Fairbank (1840-1908) was born in Oakham, Massachusetts, where his parents, James C. Fairbank and Lurana (Robinson) Fairbank owned a farm. He enrolled in Amherst College in 1861 but left in 1862 to fight in the Civil War, serving in the 36th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and attaining the rank of Brevet Colonel before returning to college in 1865. Fairbank graduated from Amherst College in 1867 and went on the study law at Columbia. He was admitted to the bar in 1869 and practiced law in New York, Kansas, Massachusetts, and South Dakota. He settled in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1881. He was elected to the legislature in Massachusetts (1878-79) and South Dakota (1896). Fairbank died on April 29, 1908 in Portland, South Dakota.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers document John B. Fairbank's activities as a soldier during the Civil War and as a lawyer in Deadwood, South Dakota, and also the social and financial activities of several family members (his sisters, particularly Susan F. Fairbank and Maria T. F. Rugg, his parents, Lurana Robinson Fairbank and James C. Fairbank, and others), spanning a period of slightly more than a century. The box includes photocopies of oversize documents and cross-references to the originals, which are stored separately.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the John B. Fairbank (AC 1867) Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the John B. Fairbank (AC 1867) Family Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in John B. Fairbank Family Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

The collection was acquired by purchase in April 2003 from Charles Apfelbaum, Rare Manuscripts and Archives, Watchung, New Jersey.

Processing Information
Processed: 2003 Apr
By: Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Intern, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Finding Aid: 2003 Apr
Prepared by: Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Intern, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Edited by: Daria D'Arienzo, Head of Archives and Special Collections
Peter A. Nelson, Assistant Archivist


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives

Language
English.