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Series 5: Special Topics -- World War II

 Series — Multiple Containers
Collection number: 5

Scope and Contents

This series is the longest and most involved of any in the collection. Most of this series is correspondence, although speeches and papers, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports and programs are included. Topics range from the college's WPA building program and it's curriculum revisions to information about food costs, ration books, and raises for the kitchen staff. There are many correspondents of note: Eleanor Roosevelt; Thomas Munro, who worked on revising the curriculum; prominent southerners such as Cason Calloway approached on behalf of Episcopal High School, Vladimir Nabokov, and Ralph McGill of the Atlanta Journal /Constitution. This series includes correspondence with the president and other administrators of almost every college in the state. Here also, correspondence illustrates his activities with many organizations and associations related to higher education, from the Association of Georgia Colleges-of which Reade was an officer, to The Association of American Universities. His work with the War Bonds program and area leadership for the Georgia State Chapter for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and March of Dimes are here. This series also includes correspondence with Georgia's governor's: Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Thompson, Ellis Arnall, Eugene Talmadge, and E.D. Rivers. Correspondence relating to Budgeting, the campus building program, GSWC's relation to Moody Field, and to Emory Junior College provide insight on decisions of the time. Valdosta in Worls War II is amply illustrated by letters on topics from food to international students to travel restrictions. Reade's typical humor is evident in his attitude towards war-time travel restrictions: "Personally, I feel we would all do a lot better if we stayed at home and tried to solve some of our own problems, rather than all meeting somewhere and hearing some fellow make a speech about his problems."--FRR, 11/2/42. Of interest in the area of race relations in South Georgia are his letters to various historically black colleges on behalf of the children of GSWC workers. Evidently there was a fund, administered by the president, that paid for these students to go to college. Reade's and the college's work with federal agencies and programs such as the WPA, the National Youth Administration, and the Public Works Administration are amply documented here. According to Reade, he was "the only man in captivity who has been asked to hurry--not once, but twice, by WPA."

Dates

  • 1841 - 1989
  • Majority of material found within 1934 - 1948

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Extent

From the Collection: 31.00 Boxes

From the Collection: 3.0 items

Language

From the Collection: English

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
7063728116
229-259-5055 (Fax)