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Mills B. Lane, Jr. family papers

Mills B. Lane, Jr. family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mills B. Lane, Jr. family papers
Creator: Lane family
Inclusive Dates: 1916-1989
Language(s): English
Extent: 4.8 Linear Feet 9 document boxes, 1 oversized box
Collection Number: ms2737
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Mills Bee Lane, Jr. (1912-1989), president of the Citizens and Southern National Bank from 1946-1972, son of Mills Bee Lane, Sr. (1860-1945), founder of the Citizens and Southern National Bank and president until 1928.

For more information, see the article Mills B. Lane Jr. (1912-1989) in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Mills (Bee) Lane IV (1942- ), publisher of the Beehive Press (Savannah, Ga.), author, son of Mills Bee Lane, Jr.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers of Mills B. Lane, Jr. Mills B. Lane, Sr. and the Mills family from 1916-1989. Materials (1916-1943) relating to Mills B. Lane, Sr. include incoming correspondence and carbon copies of Mills' outgoing letters, clippings, photographs, and legal documents. The materials document Mills' banking activities including his presidency of the Citizens and Southern National Bank (Savannah, Ga.) and tenure as chairman of the Board, as well as Mills' involvement with Georgia real estate sales, fertilizer and chemical companies, and his assistance to Georgia farmers through bank loans. Correspondents include Lane's brother Edward W. Lane and A.P. Brantley.

The bulk of the collection (1931-1979) contains the correspondence of Mills Bee Lane, Jr. Includes letters (1931-1934) between Lane, Jr. and his parents, Lane, Sr. and Mary Comer Lane, while a student at Yale University; letters (1935-1945) between Lane, Jr. and Lane, Sr. discussing banking activities, finance, and farming; correspondence (1950-1974) between Lane, Jr. and his brother Edward C. Lane concerning finances and the management of Edward's farm in Valdosta (Ga.); and letters (1958-1973) between Lane, Jr. and Mills Lane concerning Mills' schooling at Middlesex School (Concord, Mass.) and Harvard University, Mills' activities with Beehive Press (Savannah, Ga.), and Mills' finances. The collection also contains correspondence pertaining to the resignation of Richard Kattel, the financial crisis of Citizens and Southern Bank (1978), and the establishment of the Mills Bee Lane Memorial Foundation (Savannah, Ga.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mills B. Lane, Jr. family papers, ms2737, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 May 7.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Banks and banking -- Georgia.
Beehive Press
Brantley, A. P.
College students -- Connecticut.
College students -- Massachusetts.
Farm management -- Georgia.
Fertilizer companies -- Georgia.
Harvard University
Kattel, Richard
Lane, Edward Comer, 1916-
Lane, Edward W.
Lane, Mary Comer
Lane, Mills
Lane, Mills B. (Mills Bee), 1860-1945
Lane, Mills B. (Mills Bee), 1912-1989
Mills Bee Lane Foundation (Savannah, Ga.)
Publishers and publishing -- Georgia.
Real estate business -- Georgia.
Savannah (Ga.)
Valdosta (Ga.)
Yale University

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Mills B. Lane, Sr.



12-11Correspondence, 1916-1973
112Correspondence - Georgia-Carolina Chemical Co., 1931-1943
113Correspondence - Reliance Fertilizer Co., 1938-1939
114Correspondence - South States Phosphate & Fertilizer Co., 1933-1934

Deeds of trust, 1854 1861






Writings-"Lanes of Lebanon"


2. Mills B. Lane, Jr.

21"Automobile Quarterly"
22Baptismal records
23Biography-"The Wonderful World of Mills B. Lane, Jr."
24-5Clippings, 1930-1989
26Clippings - Kattel resignation, 1978
27-10Correspondence, 1923-1934 (copies)
31-5Correspondence, 1935-1945
36Correspondence - between Pineapple (Mills B. Lane Jr.) and Coconuts (James Molaka), 1945-1947
37-13Correspondence, 1946-1977
41-4Correspondence - Kattel resignation, 1978
45Correspondence - Kattel resignation stockholder letters, 1978
46Correspondence, 1978-1979
55Correspondence - Lane Foundation
56Correspondence - Passport
57Correspondence - Photographs
58Correspondence - Tapes
59Correspondence - Wills, 1981-1988
510Correspondence - Writings, 1941-1977
61-6Correspondence re: Edward C. Lane, 1947-1984
67Correspondence re: Edward C. Lane Ruby Ellen Lane Gray Corbett, 1962-1973
68-10Correspondence re: Edward C. Lane finances, 1959-1984
71-10Correspondence to Mills B. Lane IV, 1952-1973

3. Mills B. Lane IV


Automobile file, 1968


Beehive Foundation-report, 1994


Biographical information

84-8Correspondence, 1949-1998

Financial papers, 1970-1992



811-12Printed Material, 1972-2001

World trips, 1992-1993



91Lawsuit - Agreement, 1947
92-6Lawsuit, 1995-2000

4. Oversize Material

10Oversize photographs-Mills B. Lane, Jr.
10Duplicate photographs-Mills B. Lane, Jr.
10Original copies of some newspaper clippings
10"Three Hundred Twenty-One Barnard Street, Savannah"
restoration photographs and clippings
10Custom made tie for Mills B. Lane, Jr., Undated