Mills B. Lane, Jr. papers
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Mills B. Lane, Jr. papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lane, Mills B., (Mills Bee), 1912-1989.
Title: Mills B. Lane, Jr. papers
Dates: 1852-1980
Extent: 5.5 cubic feet (8 boxes, 1 rolled item)
Identification: MS 1914

Biographical/Historical Note

Mills B. Lane, Jr. was born in Savannah, Georgia on 12 January 1912 to Mary Comer and Mills B. Lane, Sr. He was married to Anne Waring and the couple had two children, Mills B. Lane, IV and Anita. He graduated from Yale University in 1934 and then took a job in Valdosta, Georgia as a clerk at Citizens and Southern National Bank, an institution that his father founded. Following the death of his father in 1946, Lane assumed the position of president of the bank and led the bank for nearly thirty years in Atlanta, Georgia. By the time of his retirement in 1973, the Citizens and Southern National Bank had become the largest bank in the South and the most profitable among the nation's fifty largest banks at the time. Besides being a successful Atlanta banker, Lane exerted a strong influence in Atlanta politics and in the redevelopment of the city. He successfully managed Ivan Allen, Jr.'s campaigns for mayor of Atlanta in 1961 and 1965. He also was integral in bringing major league sports to the city by supplying funds to build the Atlanta Fulton County Stadium which would become the home of baseball's Atlanta Braves and football's Atlanta Falcons. After his retirement from banking, Lane returned to Savannah, Georgia where he dedicated both his time and wealth to various philanthropic endeavors including Savannah's historical district, Armstrong Atlantic State University, and the Georgia Council on Economic Education. He died on 7 May 1989.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, clippings, financial records, reports, and other miscellaneous materials relating to Mills B. Lane, Jr. from 1852 to 1980. Majority of this collection is regarding Lane's ownership and sale of the Cruz del Sur from 1965 to 1980. The Cruz del Sur was a built in 1947 in Valencia, Spain as a Spanish naval training vessel. It was later bought by the 20th Century Fox motion picture studio and was revamped to resemble a Spanish barkentine of the 1800s and to be featured in a film. Lane bought the ship from the studio and brought the ship to Savannah, Georgia with the intention of making it a tourist attraction on the Savannah River, which was unsuccessful.


This collection is arranged into 8 boxes, 1 rolled item:

Box 1: Correspondence, clippings, photographs regarding the Cruz del Sur, 1969 to 1979

Box 2: Correspondence, reports, clippings, Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine regarding the Cruz del Sur, 1965-1980

Box 3: Correspondence, financial records regarding the Cruz del Sur, 1968-1971

Box 4: Correspondence, records regarding the Cruz del Sur, 1965-1973

Box 5: Correspondence, clippings, accounts, inventory of parts and fixtures on the Cruz del Sur, 1967-1973

Box 6: Correspondence, travel logs of Lane family vacations, 1956-1977

Box 7: Correspondence, photograph of Lane House, Coca Cola advertisements, posters, and promotional vinyl records, miscellaneous advertisements, sheet music, slides, pamphlets, certificates, Georgia Female Seminary and Conservatory of Music yearbook, monthly planner, 1852-1974

Box 8: Correspondence, Emory University yearbooks, ledger, two photograph albums of miscellaneous Georgia locations, sheet music, books, 1897-1973

Rolled item: Plans and hydrographic survey for a dock site on River Street in Savannah, Georgia, 1968

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Cruz del Sur (Ship)
Financial records.
Lane, Mills B., (Mills Bee), 1912-1989.
Letters (correspondence)
Magazines (periodicals)
Photograph albums.
Sheet music.
Slides (photographs)
Surveys (documents)

Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection is processed at the Basic Level (or collection level). There is no detailed inventory for this collection as it is not fully processed. To request that this collection be added to our priority list of collections to be fully processed as staffing and funding allow, please contact the Library and Archives staff.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.