Thomas Walter Reed personal papers

Thomas Walter Reed personal papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Reed, Thomas Walter, 1870-1950
Title: Thomas Walter Reed personal papers
Dates: 1883-1950
Quantity: 5.8 Linear feet (15 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Coll. Number: ms2321

Biographical/Historical Note

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 (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 20Born in Atlanta, Georgia only son of blacksmith Thomas Reed and Sarah Crockett Reed
1885Graduated from Marietta Boys School in Atlanta; October, entered Univ. of Ga. as a sophmore
1888M.A. from Univ. of Ga.; worked for Henry Grady with the Atlanta Constitution; returns to Univ. of Ga. to pursue Law Degree
1889Evening Chronicle
1893Married Eunice Williams; joined Methodist Church
1909Applied for and received job as registrar and treasurer at Univ. of Ga.
1920Established a Loan Fund of two thousand dollars for the College of Agriculture
1945Registrar Emeritus; began writing History of the Univ. of Ga.
1950, April 24Died in Athens, Ga.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Index Terms

Barrow, David C., (David Crenshaw), 1852-1929
College registrars--Georgia--Athens--History.
Manuscripts (document genre)
Reed, Thomas Walter, 1870-1950 -- Correspondence
Talmadge, Eugene, 1884-1946 -- Correspondence
University of Georgia. -- Alumni and alumnae
University of Georgia. -- Faculty--Correspondence
University of Georgia. -- History
University of Georgia. -- Students--History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Walter Reed personal papers. MS 2321. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Reed, Thomas Walter papers, circa 1900-1950.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

2Athletics I
3Athletics II
4Bailey Estate I
5Bailey Estate II
6Bailey Estate III
7Barrow Administration I
21Barrow Administration II
2Biography I
3Biography II
4Biography III
5Biography IV
31Biography V
2Biography VI
3Boggs Administration I
4Boggs Administration II
41Buildings, Campus, etc.
2Church Administration
3Civil War
4Early Days I
5Early Days II
51Faculty and Departments -General
2Faculty and Departments A-C
3Faculty and Departments D-H
4Faculty and Departments J-M
5Faculty and Departments P-Z
61Finance and Loan Funds
2Hill Administration I
3Hill Administration II
4Income Tax
6Letters, 1900-1919
7Letters, 1920-1929
8Letters, 1930-1934
71Letters, 1935
2Letters, 1936-1939
3Letters, 1940-1942
4Letters, 1943-1945
5Letters, 1946-1949
6Letters, Undated
7Lipscomb Administration
81Manuscript - Life of David C. Barrow
2Mell Administration
3Misc. I
4Misc. II
91Misc. III
2Misc. IV
3Misc. Manuscripts I
4Misc. Manuscripts II
5National Banks of Athens
6Notebook - Banner Pub. Co. Min., 1913
101Notebook - Speeches and Articles (brief)
2Notebook - Story of the Battle Flag of the Troup Artillery (brief)
3Notebook - Thoughts of Great Writers (brief)
3School Papers
4Snelling Administration
5Speeches - Burns Club
121Speeches - Journalism Class
2Speeches - Memorials, Obituaries, etc.
3Speeches - Sunday School Class
4Speeches I
5Speeches II
131Speeches III
2Speeches IV
3Speeches V
4Students I
5Students II
6Students III
2Tucker Administration
31930 Decade
41940 Decade
5Unpublished History of the University of Georgia (incomplete)
6Unpublished History of the University of Georgia (incomplete)
7Unpublished History of the University of Georgia (incomplete)
8Unpublished History of the University of Georgia (incomplete)
151Unpublished History of the University of Georgia (incomplete)
2Unpublished History of the University of Georgia (incomplete)
OS Folder
1Diplomas and certificates, 1885-1931