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Title: Luther M. Reeves, Jr. papers
Identification: MS322
Date: ca. 1926-1985 (bulk 1959-1975)
Size/Quantity: 3.45 linear feet (six document cases and oversize)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Reeves, Luther M., Jr., (Luther Monroe), 1908-1998
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The manuscript materials in this collection are mainly related to Reeves' professional projects as an electrical engineer from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Also significant are an annotated manual of electrical engineering laboratory experiments from coursework at Georgia Tech and several annotated course manuals from continuing education classes Reeves completed, apparently during the 1930s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Luther Monroe ("Dutch") Reeves, Jr. (1908-1998) graduated from the Georgia School of Technology in 1928 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After working as an electrical engineer for the McLendon Electric Company and Bracewell and Alderman during the 1940s and 1950s, he began his own electrical consulting firm. He was involved in projects for several Georgia architects and provided the electrical work for several church, school and university projects, including buildings at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Reeves, the son of Carrie L. and Luther Reeves, Sr., was born in 1908 in Woodstock, Georgia. He entered Georgia Tech in 1924 and graduated after four years, remaining at Tech for two further years as a graduate assistant in the Engineering Department. After leaving Tech, Reeves was eventually employed by the Home Owners Loan Corporation from 1938-1942 and the Federal Public Housing Authority from 1943-1947. He worked for the McLendon Electric Company from 1947 to 1950, and later joined the firm of Bracewell and Alderman as an Associate Electrical Engineer. He remained there until sometime after 1953.

At some time during the mid 1950s, Reeves founded his own electrical consulting firm. His work in the firm continued until his retirement in 1978. Reeves took on many projects throughout Georgia for architectural firms such as John W. Cherry and Clement J. Ford; public schools and universities, including Kennesaw Junior College (later Kennesaw State University) and the University of Georgia; and the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, where he served as Deacon for more than twenty-five years. He also provided the electrical work on several buildings at his alma mater (serving as the consultant for the architectural firm of Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild and Paschal), including the Chemical Engineering and Ceramic Buildings, the Chemistry Building, and the Student Center.

Reeves was a Registered Professional Engineer in Georgia and Alabama, as well as a member of the National and Georgia Society of the Professional Engineers and the Illuminating Engineering Society. He was a member of the First Baptist Church for 54 years; for the last seven years of his life he was a member of the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church and the Triple E Sunday School Class. He married Maxine Dendy of Petrey, Alabama, and they had three daughters: Charlotte, Marilyn, and Janice.

Luther "Dutch" Reeves died on June 11, 1998.

Scope and Content Note

The manuscript materials in this collection relate to two main areas of Reeves' life, his professional work as an electrical engineer and his early educational training, at Georgia Tech and in continuing education classes. The first series of this collection covers his educational and personal activities, including some documentation of his activity as a Tech alumnus. Significant in this small series are the annotated manuals from coursework at Georgia Tech and from the additional classes he took. The second series documents Reeves' professional work with architectural firms in Georgia; his involvement with several construction projects at universities, particularly Kennesaw Junior College, Georgia Tech, and the University of Georgia; and his electrical work for his church, First Baptist Church of Atlanta.


Arranged into two series:

SERIES 1: Educational and personal

SERIES 2: Professional

Index Terms

Architectural drawings (visual works).
Clement J. Ford (Architectural firm).
Electrical engineering--Georgia.
Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild, and Paschal (Architectural firm).
First Baptist Church (Atlanta, Ga.).
Georgia Institute of Technology.
John W. Cherry (Architectural firm).
Kennesaw State University.
Reeves, Luther M., Jr., (Luther Monroe), 1908-1998

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Folder Title, Series Title,] Luther M. Reeves, Jr. Papers (MS322), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Donation, April 2000 (accession #2000.044).

Processing Information

Betty Story and Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in July 2007.

Revisions to Finding Aid

March 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 and drawings in this collection have been removed and will be processed separately as VAM322 and VAMD322, respectively. A drafting set and some small General Electric calculators have been removed to artifacts. Several Georgia Tech publications have also been removed and cataloged.

    Other Finding Aids

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

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    SERIES 1: Educational and personal, ca. 1926-1983


    This series consists of materials relating to Reeves' education at Georgia Tech and later through continuing education courses. It also contains a small amount of documentation on Reeves' activities as a Georgia Tech alumnus.

    Subseries 1: Georgia Tech student and alumni activities, ca. 1926-1983

    This subseries primarily includes materials relating to Reeves' career as an undergraduate and activities as an alumnus of the Class of 1928 at Georgia Tech.

    Files are arranged chronologically.



    11Electrical engineering laboratory experiments - Georgia School of Technology, ca. 1926-1928
    12Class of 1928 publications, 1935-1938
    13Alexander Memorial Building brochure, 1950
    14Georgia Tech Alumnus 30th Anniversary issue, 1953
    15Anniversary reports - Class of 1928, 1953-1958



    2e20Georgia Tech 75th Anniversary Issue - Atlanta Journal and Constitution, September 15, 1963
    16Georgia Tech Fact Book, 1982-1983
    17Clippings and flyers, 1983-1985

    Subseries 2: Continuing education, 1929-ca. 1940

    This subseries consists of three Western Electric Company training manuals for continuing education courses that Reeves apparently took after graduating from Georgia Tech.

    Arrangement is alphabetical by manual title.



    18Kearny Club evening classes: Manual Telephone Practice Course D-1, ca. 1930s
    19Telephone Repeaters and Associated Apparatus course, ca. 1930s
    110Western Electric training course, 1929-1930

    SERIES 2: Professional, 1952-1985


    Series 2 chronicles Reeves' professional activities as an electrical engineer in Georgia. The series mainly includes files on projects with which Reeves was involved, as well as a variety of policy and specifications manuals used in the course of his work.

    Subseries 1: Electrical projects, 1952-1982

    This subseries contains files on the professional projects in which Reeves participated as an electrical engineer, including his work for architectural firms such as John W. Cherry, Clement J. Ford, and Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild and Paschal. His work for the latter firm, which included the construction of three buildings at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is only partially documented. Projects for his church, First Baptist Church in Atlanta, and other educational institutions, especially Kennesaw State University (formerly Kennesaw Junior College) and the University of Georgia, are more fully chronicled.

    Arrangement is alphabetical by project name.



    21John W. Cherry (architect): Kennedy residence, 1981
    22Correspondence, 1955-1959
    23First Baptist Church: Dimmer equipment, 1973
    24First Baptist Church: Electrical, 1973-1975
    25First Baptist Church: Feasibility study by architect, 1965-1974
    26First Baptist Church: Fire alarm system, 1974
    27First Baptist Church: Fire alarm system, 1974
    28First Baptist Church: Fire alarm system, 1974
    29First Baptist Church: Lighting, 1972
    210First Baptist Church: Lightning prevention project, 1972
    211First Baptist Church: Lightning protection plan, 1974
    212First Baptist Church: Sanctuary lighting, 1973-1975
    213First Baptist Church: Sanctuary - New refrigeration systems, 1974
    214Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild and Paschal (architects), undated
    215Clement J. Ford (architect): Anderson residence, 1982
    216Clement J. Ford (architect): Electrical, 1952-1966



    31Clement J. Ford (architect): Scherer residence, 1982
    32Georgia Institute of Technology: Chemistry Building - Electrical, 1969
    33Kennesaw Junior College: Electrical cables, 1972-1973
    34Kennesaw Junior College: Food Service Building - Electrical, 1972
    35Kennesaw Junior College: Food Service Building - Kitchen, 1971-1972
    36Kennesaw Junior College: Library lighting, 1972
    37Kennesaw Junior College: Student Center - Ask-Kay Electric, 1973
    38Kennesaw Junior College: Student Center - Building project procedure, 1971-1972
    39Kennesaw Junior College: Student Center - Electrical, 1972
    310Kennesaw Junior College: Student Center - Electrical, 1972-1973



    41Kennesaw Junior College: Student Center - External lighting, 1972-1973
    42Kennesaw Junior College: Student Center - Intercommunication and sound equipment, 1973
    43Kennesaw Junior College: Student Center - Panelboard drawings, 1973
    44MARTA: Pershing Point [Arts Center] station, ca. 1972
    45University of Georgia: Fine Arts Building - Electrical, November 1973
    46University of Georgia: Fine Arts Building - Electrical, 1973
    47University of Georgia: Fine Arts Building - Electrical, February 1974
    48University of Georgia: Fine Arts Building - Electrical, 1974
    49University of Georgia: Fine Arts Building - Electrical, March 1974
    410University of Georgia: Fine Arts Building - Electrical, undated

    Subseries 2: Technical manuals, 1959-1985

    This subseries includes specifications for a variety of electrical equipment as well as technical guidelines and policy manuals from engineering organizations. These manuals were apparently used in the course of Reeves' work as an electrical engineer.

    Arrangement is alphabetical by manual publisher.



    51Architects/Engineers: Liability policy, 1974-1975
    52Architects and Engineers Professional Liability: Guidelines for Improving Practice, 1971-1985
    53Buzman Manufacturing Division: Technical Data for Selecting Electrical Protection, undated
    54Edwards Company Inc.: Isolated Power Systems for Patient Safety, ca. 1971
    55General Electric: Electric Equipment Specifications Manual - Book III, 1959
    56General Electric: Switches, termination systems, ground break systems, 1971-1972
    57General Electric: THQL circuit breakers, CLF fuses, 1969
    58Georgia Engineering Foundation, 1974



    61Georgia Power Company: Distribution specifications, 1973
    62Georgia Public Schools: Lighting, heating, air conditioning standards, 1964-1973
    63Line Material Industries: Rural Construction Material, 1959
    64U.S. Department of Defense: Fallout Shelter Construction, 1962
    65U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare: General Standards of Construction and Equipment for Hospital and Medical Facilities, February 1969