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George Reynolds Collection, 1928-1987

George Reynolds Collection, 1928-1987

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George Reynolds Collection, 1928-1987 UALR.MS.0093


UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

2014 November

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-06-03T09:46-0500
Language: Finding aid written in English.

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
creatorReynolds, George M. (George Millar), 1900-1987
Title: George Reynolds Collection, 1928-1987
Dates: 1928-1987
Quantity: 51.0 linear feet; 102 document boxes.
Identification: UALR.MS.0093


Series 1. Political Papers, 1943-1987 and undatedSeries 2. Historic Preservation Papers, 1937-1987 and undatedSubseries 2.1. State Review Board, 1969-1986Subseries 2.2. National Trust, 1965-1986 and undatedSubseries 2.3. Colonial Williamsburg, 1951-1986 and undatedSubseries 2.4. Arkansas Historical Agencies and Associations, 1937-1987 and undatedSubseries 2.5. Conway County Historical Preservation Association, 1977-1985 and undatedSeries 3. State Parks, 1942-1972 and undated Subseries 3.1. Publicity and Parks Commission, 1954-1967 and undatedSubseries 3.2. National Conference on State Parks, 1956-1972 and undatedSubseries 3.3. Dr. T. W. Hardison Papers, 1942 and undatedSeries 4. Winrock Enterprises and Miscellaneous Business Papers, 1946-1987 and undated Subseries 4.1. Board of Directors, 1956-1987 and undatedSubseries 4.2. Winrock Grass Farm, 1965-1980Subseries 4.3. Winrock Development Company, 1957-1980 and undatedSubseries 4.4. Real Estate, 1954-1973 and undatedSubseries 4.5. Natural Resources, 1951-1957 and undatedSubseries 4.6. Financial, 1956-1985 and undatedSubseries 4.7. Winrock Enterprises and Miscellaneous Business Papers, 1953-1987 and undatedSeries 5. Newspaper Publishing, 1946-1983 and undatedSeries 6. Personal Papers, 1928-1984 and undated Subseries 6.1. Correspondence, 1946-1984 and undatedSubseries 6.2. Education Papers, 1928-1934 and undatedSubseries 6.3. Biographical and Personal Papers, 1932, 1968, and undated

Scope and Content

This collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, financial statements, and other papers relating to the personal, educational, political, business, and civic activities of George M. Reynolds. Correspondents include multiple governors and other well-known political figures from Arkansas.

Biographical Note

George Millar Reynolds was born 1900 April 25 to John Hugh and Margaret Hatwood Reynolds in Conway, Arkansas. He graduated in 1920 from Hendrix College, also in Conway, where his father was president. Reynolds became a professor and assistant to the president at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. On 1923 June 27, he married Amanda Howell McDonald, a secretary at the college. Reynolds earned a master's degree and doctorate in American government and international relations, both from Columbia University in New York. He turned his dissertation into a book titled Machine Politics in New Orleans which was published in 1936. In 1935 he became state director of the Mississippi Farm Security Administration, a post he held until 1938 when he took a job as director of fellowships for the Julius Rosenwald Fund. During World War II he served in the Foreign Economic Administration as Director of Food and Agriculture. From 1945 to 1954 he was President of Southwest Newspapers and Vice President of General Newspapers, both of which owned daily newspapers across the South and Southwest.

Reynolds was part of the group who, with Winthrop Rockefeller, formed Winrock Enterprises in 1954. He served as the company's first president and later became vice chairman of the board of directors. In 1955 he became a partner in Winrock Grass Farm and in 1965 he joined SPACE Corporation as director. In addition to his business ventures, he was a trustee for Colonial Williamsburg, director of the National Conference of State Parks, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In Arkansas, he served on the Arkansas Publicity and Parks Commission from 1955 to 1965 and was a member of the State Review Board for Historic Preservation from 1969 to 1986. Amanda McDonald Reynolds died 1986 March 8 and George Reynolds died 1987 April 11. Both are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway, Arkansas.

American newspapers
Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.)
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
National Conference of State Parks.
National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States.
Reynolds, Amanda Howell McDonald, 1898-1986
Rockefeller, Winthrop, 1912-1973


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

George Reynolds Collection, 1928-1987, UALR.MS.0093. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, folder number, box number, series number, George Reynolds Collection, 1928-1987, UALR.MS.0093.

Acquisition Information

Received from Margaret Hower of Morrilton, Arkansas, in May 1988 via the George & Amanda Reynolds Trust, First Commercial Bank.

Encoded by:

Sarah Bost, Archivist, UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, 2014 October.

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