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Joseph S. Reynolds Papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS203

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1911-1923, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


1.5 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance has not been determined.

General Physical Description note

Extent: 1.5 linear ft. (3 document cases, 1 oversized box)

Description Control

Processed in 2007
Joseph S. Reynolds Papers: ahc.MSS 203
An Inventory of His Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305