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J. Walter Estes Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: J. Walter Estes Papers
Identification: MF006
Date: 1920
Size/Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (one half-sized document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Estes, J. Walter, (James Walter), 1882-1985
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:J. Walter Estes was a graduate of Georgia Tech in 1904. This collection consists of correspondence and a travel itinerary for a group of Georgians on an industrial tour of northern cities.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Walter Estes was born in 1882 in Rex, Georgia. As a graduate of Georgia Tech's Class of 1904, he earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity. With his father, Estes formed the Estes Manufacturing Company in 1907, producing school desks and grain cradles. He later became President of the Rex Chair Company.

Estes served in the Georgia State Senate for two terms, 1938-1940 and 1943-44. He was also the mayor of Rex. Estes was in the banking industry for over 30 years, serving as the President of the Bank of Rex. He married Winnie Davis Brittain in 1910 and had three daughters. Estes died in 1985 at the age of 102.

Scope and Content Note

The J. Walter Estes Papers contain information and an itinerary on the Greater Georgia Tech Industrial Tour. This tour involved many professionals from businesses and technical schools, physicians and lawyers throughout the state of Georgia. The week-long event, from November 18 through 25, 1920, stopped at several northern industrial cities, such as Boston, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh.

The folder contains correspondence, a program, and a statement listing the members of the tour.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

College students--Georgia.
Estes, J. Walter, (James Walter), 1882-1985
Georgia Institute of Technology.
Greater Georgia Tech Industrial Tour.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite James Walter Estes Papers, Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


These papers were donated by Mrs. Harold Rice, granddaughter of Estes, in 1985. Accession #1985.0401 (old number: 85-04-01).

Processing Information

Yen M. Tang and Jody Lloyd processed these papers in 2000-2001.

Revisions to Finding Aid

August 2005:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. September 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access


    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

    Separated Material

    The photographs in this collection have been processed separately. See the finding aid for the J. Walter Estes photographs (VAM006) to access these photographs.

    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.