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Frank R. Reade Papers, 1841-1989 | Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

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Title: Frank R. Reade Papers, 1841-1989Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1934-1948

ID: UA/2/1/3

Primary Creator: Reade, Frank Robertson (1895-1957)

Extent: 31.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The papers are divided into five series: Personal and Biographical, Board of Regents, Faculty, General Correspondence, and Special Topics.  Each series title below contains a link to a table of records for that series.

Personal and Biographical, Boxes 1-9:  This series includes materials on Frank and Jean Reade, their personal lives, his career and education prior to GSWC, personal correspondence, and papers by and about his relatives. These papers include manuscripts and published works by Reade and by his father Willoughby Reade, a manuscript of a published Civil War diary by Frank Smith Robertson, and a several scrapbooks of photographs, family history, and important events.  This series includes personal correspondence with Edith Bolling Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Stillwell Edwards, Lamar Dodd, Albert Einstein, Walter George, Jim Thorpe, and other notables of the day.  Mike Nelson, an animator at Disney Studios maintained a long correspondence with Reade which he illustrated with original drawings.  Numerous photographs are in this series, and realia such as Reade's baby curls, his yearbooks from Episcopal High School and University of Virginia.  Wills, Deeds and other official documents from the Reade-Robertson families are included.  Journals and books, some featuring Willoughby Reade's work are part of this series.  This series has earliest and latest items, with many in the early 1900's.

Board of Regents, Boxes 10-14:  The Board of Regents series includes correspondence between Reade and the various Chancellors and Regents during his tenure as president.  It's dates are 1933-1948.  Correspondents include Chancellor Philip Weltner, Chancellor S.V. Sanford, Raymond R. Paty, W. Wilson Noyes, L.R. Siebert, Judson Ward, Board of Regents, A. Hollis Edens, H.T. Healy, Pope Brock, Sandy Beaver, J.C. Dixon, and Dr. George Works.  Topics of interest in this series include the WPA projects at GSWC: Senior Hall (now Reade Hall), the Pool, the Library (now Powell Hall), and the Log Cabin.  During Reade's tenure the curriculum was examined and overhauled to create GSWC as a liberal arts college, and this series includes information about this study and results of the re-organization.  The college's 25th anniversary and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt's dedication of the library also appear in this correspondence.  Most of the correspondence, however, deals with the "nuts and bolts" of running the college.

Faculty, Boxes 15-18:  The faculty series includes contracts and correspondence with GSWC faculty members.  Many of the papers in this series were actually generated during the tenures of Drs. Powell and Pound, but evidently in the interest of continuity of the files they were kept together.  Use these files for all faculty members from the opening of the school in 1913 to the end of Reade's tenure in 1946.  Most files contain contracts only; however, faculty members who had served for a length of time, or who were somehow noteworthy or notorious had correspondence in their files.  Correspondents of note included Annie Powe Hopper, J. A. Durrenberger, J. R. Dusenbury, Marian Farber, Evelyn Deariso, Iva Chandler, Camm Campbell, Lena Hawks, Beatrice Nevins, Gertrude Gilmer Odum, Edith and Lillian Patterson, Mildred Price, Harold Punke,  Louise Sawyer, James R. Stokes, Caroline Parrish Thomas, James F. Wood.  This series also contains notes on the Curriculum committee and the changes recommended for each department.

General Correspondence, Boxes 19-21:  The general correspondence series contains communications ranging from letters with and about Eleanor Roosevelt to complaints to the local cab company about driving too fast.  The folders are arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and within the correspondence, chronologically.  Corresponents and topics of note include, Vladimir Nabokov, Eleanor Roosevelt, Willoughby Reade, the Whitehead Camellia Trail, Drexel Park, a kitchen fire, Reade's illness, WAAC recruiting on campus, the Carnegie Foundation, Harley Langdale and the American Turpentine Farmers Association, and Reade's manuscripts.  There is extensive correspondence with Cartter Lupton, an anonymous benefactor of the school during this period.  The correspondence described as "various business and personal correspondence" ranges from notes to students, faculty and fellow administrators at other schools to invitations, thank you letters, and personal notes.

Special Topics, Boxes 22-31:  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. & 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 World 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."

Subjects: ABAC (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College), African-Americans at GSWC, African-American Schools, Amercian Council on Education, American Association of University Women, Arnell, Ellis A., Association of American Colleges, Association of American Universities, Association of Georgia Colleges, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Barbzien, Colonel, Beaver, Sandy, Caldwell, Harmon, Calloway, Cason, Georgia Normal & Agricultural College, Georgia Review, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State College, Georgia Teachers College, Georgia Tech, Girl Scouts, Gowan, Charles, Graduation, Hanley, Edna, Hawks, Lena, Healy, H.T., Honor System, Hopper, Annie Powe, Howell, Clark, Infantile Paralysis Association, Jemison, Margaret, King, George H., Langdale, Harley, Log Cabin, Lupton, Carter, Odum Library, Stuart, J.E.B., Student Government Association, Sullavan, Margaret, Talmadge, Eugene, Thaxton,  J. Ralph, Dr., Thomas, Caroline Parrish, Thompson, C. Mildred, Thompson, M.E., Thompson, Melvina C., Thorpe, Jim, U.S. Navy Waves, University of Georgia, University of Virginia, University Sytem of Georgia Board of Regents, Valdosta State University Alumni Association, Weltner, Philip, West Georgia College, Whitehead Camellia Trail, Wilson, Edith Bolling, Wilson, Woodrow, Wing, John Rev., Womens Auxiliary Air Corps, Woodruff, G.C., Woodward, C. Vann, Works, George, World War II, WPA (Works Projects Administration), YWCA

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Reade's papers invite leisurely perusal to appreciate his humor and erudition.  His papers are expansive, covering topics from his family and genealogy to administrative correspondence to correspondence with and photographs of the famous men and women of his day.  The collection includes books, journals, correspondence, reports, scrapbooks, drawings, photographs, and realia.  The correspondence ranges from a manuscript of a Civil War era diary by Frank Smith Robertson (1841-1926), Reade's relative and an aide to J.E.B. Stuart to 1989, with the settlement of Jean Cunningham Reade's estate.  The bulk of the materials run from 1934-1948, during the time Reade was president of Georgia State Woman's College.

Biographical Note

Dr. Frank Robertson Reade was the third president of Georgia State Womens College.  He was appointed by the Board of Regents as interim president in May 1934, due to Dr. Jere Pound's illness.  After Pound's death in February 1935, Reade was appointed president and served for 13 years (1935-1948).  Dr. Reade was born in Abingdon, Virginia, in 1895.  He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., in 1914 and taught there for two years.  In 1916, he entered the University of Virginia.  Reade took a brief sabbatical from college studies to serve in France during World War I in the medical corps.  He returned to the University of Virginia. in 1919 and graduated with a degree in English as the president of his class in 1920.  Reade received his M.A. in English in June 1921 and completed requirements for a doctorate degree in 1926. He returned to teaching at Episcopal High School for one year in 1922, then taught English at the Georgia School of Technology from 1924 until his appointment at GSWC.  He married Jean Cunningham in 1922; the couple had no children.

Reade was a very dynamic student and educator, and was a member of many honor societies and civic organizations.  These include Phi Beta Kappa, the Raven Society and Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, all at the University of Virginia, and Omicron Delta Kappa at the Georgia School of Technology.  He was the president of the Association of Georgia Colleges from 1942-44.

Reade worked very hard to continue the advancement of GSWC, including improving the facilities, curriculum and activities. Physical improvements to the college include paving the campus roads and the construction of Senior Hall dormitory, the swimming pool and bath house, the Student Activities Log Cabin, and the library.  Reade strenuously pursued financial support outside of the usual University System avenues, and all of these projects, with the exception of paving the roads, were partially funded with WPA funds.  Courses in secretarial science and home economics were added to the curriculum, in addition to social work and library science, which were National Youth Administration projects. Existing departments met requirements to offer a B.S. degree in addition to an A.B. degree.  Under Reade the liberal arts curriculum was completely revamped. Reade gave the student body more autonomy handling student affairs.  An example of this is the Attendance Committee of the Student Government Association.  This committee monitored the class attendance of fellow students, and mailed warning notices to parents.

His papers reveal a gregarious personality with a keen sense of humor.  Reade made himself available to both faculty and students, and they admired and appreciated his "open door" policy.  He did his best to facilitate good relations in the academic community.  An article in the April 11, 1948 Valdosta Daily Times notes, "His ability to retain both a student and faculty outlook has smoothed over rough spots, helping to develop the morale and typically friendly atmosphere of the College which visitors are forever mentioning and attempting to define."

Reade was popular outside of college life as well.  He counted many celebrities of the day as personal friends and regularly corresponded with them.  Edith Bolling Wilson, Woodrow Wilson's second wife, was related to Reade on his mother's side.  Eleanor Roosevelt was also a good family friend, so much so that she dedicated the library building in 1941. Vladimir Nabokov visited GSWC and stayed with the Reades in 1942.  Georgia artist Lamar Dodd was a student of Reade's, and spoke at commencement exercises in 1938, in addition to arranging fine arts exhibits.  Actress Margaret Sullavan attended Reade's family summer camp for girls in Virginia, and visited the Reades in Valdosta in the1930s.

Reade's tenure as president came to an end in April 1948, when he requested a leave of absence from the Board of Regents due to ill health.  He expected to be gone only one year; however, his health did not improve and he retired in 1949.  J. Ralph Thaxton succeeded Reade as the fourth president of GSWC.

Reade was named president emeritus of GSWC, and made his home in Valdosta.  He continued to be involved with the college.  One of his activities was collecting autographed photos of celebrities, which he donated for students' benefit.  These include Albert Einstein, Gen. George C. Marshall, Senator Richard B. Russell, and football star Jim Thorpe.  Reade died on April 10, 1957, one week after suffering an "attack," presumably a heart attack or stroke.  He is buried in Valdosta's Riverview Memorial Cemetery.

Subject/Index Terms

ABAC (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College)
African-Americans at GSWC
African-American Schools
Amercian Council on Education
American Association of University Women
Arnell, Ellis A.
Association of American Colleges
Association of American Universities
Association of Georgia Colleges
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Barbzien, Colonel
Beaver, Sandy
Caldwell, Harmon
Calloway, Cason
Georgia Normal & Agricultural College
Georgia Review
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State College
Georgia Teachers College
Georgia Tech
Girl Scouts
Gowan, Charles
Graduation
Hanley, Edna
Hawks, Lena
Healy, H.T.
Honor System
Hopper, Annie Powe
Howell, Clark
Infantile Paralysis Association
Jemison, Margaret
King, George H.
Langdale, Harley
Log Cabin
Lupton, Carter
Odum Library
Stuart, J.E.B.
Student Government Association
Sullavan, Margaret
Talmadge, Eugene
Thaxton,  J. Ralph, Dr.
Thomas, Caroline Parrish
Thompson, C. Mildred
Thompson, M.E.
Thompson, Melvina C.
Thorpe, Jim
U.S. Navy Waves
University of Georgia
University of Virginia
University Sytem of Georgia Board of Regents
Valdosta State University Alumni Association
Weltner, Philip
West Georgia College
Whitehead Camellia Trail
Wilson, Edith Bolling
Wilson, Woodrow
Wing, John Rev.
Womens Auxiliary Air Corps
Woodruff, G.C.
Woodward, C. Vann
Works, George
World War II
WPA (Works Projects Administration)
YWCA


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Series 2: Board of RegentsAdd to your cart.
The Board of Regents series includes correspondence between Reade and the various Chancellors and Regents during his tenure as president.  It's dates are 1933-1948.  Correspondents include Chancellor Philip Weltner, Chancellor S.V. Sanford, Raymond R. Paty, W. Wilson Noyes, L.R. Siebert, Judson Ward, Board of Regents, A. Hollis Edens, H.T. Healy, Pope Brock, Sandy Beaver, J.C. Dixon, and Dr. George Works.  Topics of interest in this series include the WPA projects at GSWC: Senior Hall (now Reade Hall), the Pool, the Library (now Powell Hall), and the Log Cabin.  During Reade's tenure the curriculum was examined and overhauled to create GSWC as a liberal arts college, and this series includes information about this study and results of the re-organization.  The college's 25th anniversary and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt's dedication of the library also appear in this correspondence.  Most of the correspondence, however, deals with the "nuts and bolts" of running the college.
Box 10: Board of Regents, 1933-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1933-34Add to your cart.
General business regarding PWA projects light metering insurance budget etc.
Folder 2: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc, 1933-34Add to your cart.
Information from BOR on a variety of topics such as school name changes faculty elections salaries insurance curricula statistics etc.
Folder 3: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1935Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence.  Also of interest are WPA project references GSWC pool construction and the state paving college roads.
Folder 4: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc, 1935Add to your cart.
Information from BOR on a variety of topics such as school name changes faculty elections salaries insurance curricula statistics etc.
Folder 5: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1936Add to your cart.
Correspondence concerning budget finances and construction.  WPA references.
Folder 6: Reade Paper-Instructions Resolutions etc., 1936Add to your cart.
Correspondence concerning budget finances construction student fees etc..
Folder 7: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1937Add to your cart.
One letter to Siebert regarding budget one spreadsheet of faculty in University System by degrees.
Folder 8: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1938Add to your cart.
Budget-finance issues to Noyes and Siebert.  Of interest is correspondence regarding building a student activities house log cabin and preliminary talks about library building.  WPA references.
Folder 9: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc., 1938Add to your cart.
Regents met at GSWC in January 1938 in conjunction with 25th anniversary.  Correspondence with all University System colleges regarding budget faculty student statistics enrollment etc.
Box 11: Board of Regents, 1939-1943Add to your cart.
Folder: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc., 1943Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence including student statistics and interesting letters regarding WWII support
Folder 1: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1939Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence with BOR.  Mentiones pool and library construction.  WPA references.
Folder 2: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc., 1939Add to your cart.
University System calendar list of regents chart of faculty in University System BOR meeting notices and topics tenure statements salary/benefit issues excerpts from meeting minutes.
Folder 3: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1940Add to your cart.
General correspondence including notice of completion of library (5/19/40).
Folder 4: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc., 1940Add to your cart.
Routine business correspondence with Siebert and Noyes.
Folder 5: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1941Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence.  Of note is correspondence regarding Eleanor Roosevelt dedicating the library in March 1941
Folder 7: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1942Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence
Folder 8: Reade Papers-Instructions, Resolutions etc., 1942Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence includes lots of statistics on students such as enrollment graduates etc.
Folder 9: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1943Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence
Box 12: Board of Regents, 1944-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1944Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence
Folder 2: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc., 1944Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence more student statistics
Folder 3: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1945Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence.  Notes the death of Chancellor S.V. Sanford in September 1945.
Folder 4: Reade Papers-Resolutions Instructions etc., 1945Add to your cart.
Only two letters in folder one each from Sanford and Siebert on routine business.
Folder 5: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1946Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence including budget issues, etc.
Folder 6: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc., 1946Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence including BOR meeting minutes etc.
Folder 6: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc., 1941Add to your cart.
More routine BOR correspondence
Folder 7: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1947Add to your cart.
Largely routine correspondence with Noyes Siebert and Healy.  Of interest are letter naming library for Powell letter indicating Reade wants to retire BOR resolution to name Powell Hall  and letter regarding Reade's hospital stay in Atlanta
Folder 8: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc, 1947Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence including insurance forms budget information etc.
Folder 9: Reade Papers-Board of Regents, 1948Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence
Folder 10: Reade Papers-Instructions Resolutions etc., 1948Add to your cart.
Routine correspondence
Box 13: Board of Regents, ChancellorsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Reade Papers-Chancellor Raymond R. Paty, 1946-1948Add to your cart.
Correspondence with Paty regarding budget meetings reports etc.  Some letters are personal.
Folder 2: Reade Papers-Chancellor S.V. Sanford, 1941-45Add to your cart.
Routine business correspondence such as faculty budget enrollment curriculum etc.  Also of interest Whitehead Camellia Trail Annie Hopper's retirement WWII support fire in Converse Hall Carnegie Art Set naming of Drexel Park and WPA projects
Folder 3: Reade Papers-Chancellor S.V. Sanford, 1935-40Add to your cart.
Routine business correspondence such as faculty budget enrollment curriculum etc.  Also of interest are letters about the library construction and dedication social work program WPA project references and a comprehensive report on GSWC from 1935-40.
Folder 4: Reade Papers-Chancellor Philip Weltner, 1934-36Add to your cart.
Items of interest include Pound's annual report for 1933-34 letters regarding Catholic prejudice interracial student meetings and curriculum.
Folder 5: Reade Papers-Reports to BOR-Academic Experience of GSWC's FacultyAdd to your cart.
This folder held 5x7 cards with the educational experience and background of GSWC faculty members.  This information was collected for and given to the Board of Regents.  The cards have been removed from this BOR series and filed alphabetically by surname in the Faculty series.
Folder 6: Reade Papers-Reports to BOR-Statistical Schedules, Manual of Instructions, 1934-37Add to your cart.
Statistical information and reports dated 1934-37.  Includes number of students per class enrollment degrees classes per professor etc.
Folder 7: Reade Papers-Reports to BOR-Survey Courses Report, 1938-41Add to your cart.
Books ordered by department and their cost.  There are some letters from different departments describing basic core courses.  Also a letter from the BOR listing survey courses at all University System schools.
Folder 8: Reade Papers-Reports to BOR-Miscellaneous Reports to BOR, 1934-38Add to your cart.
Report from Reade regarding physical needs of campus paint etc. list of transfer students 1937-38 degree requirements for 1938 statement of fees for 1936-37.
Box 14: Board of Regents, Special TopicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Reade Papers-Advisory Council of University System Evening School, 1934Add to your cart.
meeting minutes and policy of Advisory Council of University System Evening School
Folder 2: Reade Papers-Division of General Extension Dr. Wardlaw, 1938-47Add to your cart.
Correspondence deals with correspondence courses extensions for ill students etc.  Most letters are to Caroline Parrish Thomas GSWC registrar
Folder 3: Reade Papers-Examiner's Office, 1938-43Add to your cart.
Requests ordering test forms reports test ranges norms etc.
Folder 4: Reade Papers-Supervising Engineer University System, 1938-48Add to your cart.
Correspondence on heating plant electricity library furnishings water samples dining hall etc.
Folder 5: Reade Papers-Supervisor of Purchases, 1940-47Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding food orders purchase orders for supplies repairs etc.
Folder 6: Reade Papers-University Council, 1938-40Add to your cart.
Meetng information reports etc.
Folder 7: Reade Papers-University Library Committee, 1941-48Add to your cart.
Correspondence with heads of libraries at various University System colleges regarding meeting days-times.
Folder 8: Reade Papers-Works Commission, 1941Add to your cart.
General Education Board instituted a commission headed by Dr. George Works to make a survey of University System of Georgia.  Dr. Works is from University of Chicago

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