|Creator:||Reed, Thomas Walter, 1870-1950|
|Title:||Thomas Walter Reed personal papers|
|Quantity:||5.8 Linear feet (15 boxes and 1 oversize folder)|
Thomas Walter Reed was the registrar of the University of Georgia for 36 years from 1909-1945. He was known for his love for the university, his ability to remember students' names and his passion for sharing the history of the university. Born on Sept. 20, 1870 in Atlanta, Reed entered UGA as a sophomore in Oct. 1885. He graduated with a master of arts degree in 1888 and a bachelor of law degree in 1889. In 1909, he was elected secretary of the Board of Trustees of UGA, and at the same time he became registrar and treasurer of the university. He remained registrar until his retirement in 1945 when he was designated registrar emeritus. Reed died on April 24, 1950. In the issue of The Red & Black following his death, an editor proposed that the men's dormitory be named in his honor. The Board of Regents approved the recommendation in July 1951.
- University of Georgia - Reed Hall Rededication http://www.uga.edu/news/reedhall/history.html (Retrieved July 6, 2009)
Honors: Member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity; Mason for 25 years; member of; Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, Red Men, Good Templars, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honorary scholastic societies, Burns Club
Of Particular Interest: Great Southern orator; never missed a Univ. of Ga. home football game; close friend of six presidents; lived on and off campus; well known by many students and faculty; was called "Uncle Tom"; Sec. of Athens Chamber of Commerce for 21 years
|1870, September 20||Born in Atlanta, Georgia only son of blacksmith Thomas Reed and Sarah Crockett Reed|
|1885||Graduated from Marietta Boys School in Atlanta; October, entered Univ. of Ga. as a sophmore|
|1888||M.A. from Univ. of Ga.; worked for Henry Grady with the Atlanta Constitution; returns to Univ. of Ga. to pursue Law Degree|
|1893||Married Eunice Williams; joined Methodist Church|
|1909||Applied for and received job as registrar and treasurer at Univ. of Ga.|
|1920||Established a Loan Fund of two thousand dollars for the College of Agriculture|
|1945||Registrar Emeritus; began writing History of the Univ. of Ga.|
|1950, April 24||Died in Athens, Ga.|
The Thomas Walter Reed papers consist of 15 boxes and are arranged alphatically by subject or name (Alumni - Unpublished History of Univ. of Ga.). The collection spans the period 1883 to c.1950, consisting mainly of notes for the unpublished History of the University of Georgia. However, it also includes other items such as: a list of officers of the Ga. Alumni Society, football records, business and personal letters - (some concerning acceptance of Registrar of Univ. of Ga., :The Life of David Barrow", and letters to and from Eugene Talmadge). Barrow manuscripts (in poor condition), essays, speeches, and lectures by Reed (Journalism, Sunday School, Obituaries), insurance policies and bank statements. Of particular interest in this collection are Reed's school papers during his final years at the Boy's High School and his early years at the Univ. of Ga. Subjects taken during this period include Latin, geometry, Greek, algebra, rhetoric, trigonometry, geology, astronomy, chemistry, physics and English Composition. Of all the papers, the lowest grade is a 91.
The unpublished History of the University of Georgia is a very unorganized set of papers in Reed's handwriting, at times, it is very hard to decipher. In addition, many of his notes are in a deteriorating state, due to the poor quality of the paper.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Thomas Walter Reed personal papers. MS 2321. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Reed, Thomas Walter papers, circa 1900-1950.