Joseph S. Reynolds Papers
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Joseph S. Reynolds Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Reynolds, Joseph S.
Title: Joseph S. Reynolds Papers
Dates: 1911-1923, undated
Quantity: 1.5 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 1.5 linear ft. (3 document cases, 1 oversized box)
Identification: ahc.MSS203

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph S. Reynolds was an attorney and real estate dealer, in Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta he worked for the firm of Reynolds and Whitman. His offices were located in the Candler Building and the Atlanta Trust Company Building. Reynolds owned commercial real estate property in several states, including Georgia, North Carolina, and Missouri. In 1920, his net worth was estimated at over $250,000. During World War I, Reynolds volunteered in the Speaker’s Bureau for the Georgia Division of the United War Work Campaign, and for the Salvation Army Home Services Fund. Reynolds was married to Francis (Fannie) Reynolds and the couple had three children, Carolyn Louise, Mary, and Joseph. Reynolds and his family lived in Augusta, Georgia prior to moving to Atlanta in 1916 where they stayed until at least 1928. In 1927 Reynolds’ daughter Carolyn Louise married Stephens Mitchell, the brother of Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell. Carolyn died in 1950. Further biographical information on Joseph S. Reynolds and his immediate family has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes correspondence and financial documents involving Joseph S. Reynolds and his family. Reynolds correspondents mostly included mortgage brokers, attorneys, property managers, and insurance agents in Georgia and several Southeastern and Midwestern states. The content of these typed letters relate to the maintenance, finance, and sale of Mr. Reynolds properties. Included among the letters is a business proposition from H.A. Etheridge of Atlanta, who was seeking investors in the Mobile Oil Company, and a letter to Reynolds seeking a letter of recommendation for an executive clemency plea for Jackson Williams, a convicted murderer. Other correspondence relates to Reynolds business in the cotton industry, and his civic work for the United War Work Campaign. The remaining correspondence includes letters to family and friends, mostly concerning health and sickness matters. Financial documents include a cash book, lease contracts, promissory notes, and personal records such as bills, coupons, and receipts.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff, and chronologically therein.

Index Terms

Atlanta Water Works (Atlanta, Ga.)
Davison Paxon Stokes Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
East Atlanta Auto Repair Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
Ford Plumbing and Heating Company (Atlanta, Ga.).
George Muse Clothing Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia Railway & Power Company.
Marshall's Pharmacy (Atlanta, Ga.)
Mitchell, Carolyn Louis Reynolds, d. 1950
Public utilities--Georgia--Atlanta
Real estate business--Georgia--Atlanta
Reynolds and Whitman (Atlanta, Ga.)
Reynolds family
Rich Brothers Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
Stores, Retail--Georgia--Atlanta
Trio Laundry and Cleaning Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
United War Work Campaign, Inc.
Washington Seminary (Atlanta, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph S. Reynolds Papers, MSS 203, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance has not been determined.

Description Control

Processed in 2007


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.

Container List


Series 1: Correspondence



11Correspondence, 1916
2Correspondence, 1917
3Correspondence, 1918 January – May
4Correspondence, 1918 June
5Correspondence, 1918 July
6Correspondence, 1918 September
7Correspondence, 1918 October
8Correspondence, 1918 November
9Correspondence, 1918 December
10Correspondence, 1919 January
11Correspondence, 1919 February
12Correspondence, 1919 March
13Correspondence, 1919 April
14Correspondence, 1919 May
15Correspondence, 1919 June
16Correspondence, 1919 July
17Correspondence, 1919 August
18Correspondence, 1919 September



21Correspondence, 1920 January
2Correspondence, 1920 February
3Correspondence, 1920 March
4Correspondence, 1920 April
5Correspondence, 1920 May
6Correspondence, 1920 June-July
7Correspondence, 1921
8Correspondence, 1922 January – June
9Correspondence, 1922 July – November
10Correspondence, undated

Series 2: Financial records



211Financial Records, 1911 – 1914
12Financial Records, 1916 November
13Financial Records, 1916 December
14Financial Records, 1917 March
15Financial Records, 1917 April
16Financial Records, 1917 May
17Financial Records, 1917 June
18Financial Records, 1917 July



31Financial Records, 1917 August
2Financial Records, 1917 September
3Financial Records, 1917 October
4Financial Records, 1917 November
5Financial Records, 1917 December
6Financial Records, 1918 January
7Financial Records, 1918 February
8Financial Records, 1918 March
9Financial Records, 1918 April
10Financial Records, 1918 May
11Financial Records, 1918 June
12Financial Records, 1918 July
13Financial Records, 1918 August
14Financial Records, 1918 September
15Financial Records, 1918 October
16Financial Records, 1918 November
17Financial Records, 1918 December
18Financial Records, 1919 January
19Financial Records, 1919 February
20Financial Records, 1919 March
21Financial Records, 1919 April
22Financial Records, 1919 May
23Financial Records, 1919 June
24Financial Records, 1919 July
25Financial Records, 1919 August
26Financial Records, 1919 September – October
27Financial Records, 1919 November – December
28Financial Records, 1921
29Financial Records, 1923
30Financial Records, 1923


MSS-OS 3.193Cash Book, 1917 - 1920