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Fan Collection

Identifier: EPFAN-123

Scope and Contents

The Fan Collection held by the Auburn Avenue Research Library consists of fans featuring black businesses and other Atlanta organizations. Some of these fans feature the images of prominent African Americans. The date range of the fans held in this collection range from 1928-2000.


  • Majority of material found within 1928 - 2000

Biographical / Historical

The church fan was once a small part of the black church experience. These hand fans were made from cut heavy paper and then stapled to a wooden handle. During the days before central air conditioning the congregation would utilize these fans during the hot months. These fans would feature the images such as those of prominent African Americans, general images of black children or families, that often featured advertisements of black businesses on the opposite side.


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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303