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Mills Bee Lane I papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lane, Mills Bee, 1860-1945.
Title: Mills Bee Lane I papers
Dates: 1857-1970
Extent: 3.45 cubic feet (6 boxes, 6 folders, 3 oversize folders)
Identification: MS 2003

Biographical/Historical Note

Mills Bee Lane I (21 November 1860-6 August 1945) was the son of Remer Y. Lane (born 18 November 1826) and Henrietta Brinson. Mills Lane attended Vanderbilt University until 1881 when he began working for R. Y. Lane Company, a private bank in Valdosta owned by his father where he worked his way up from errand boy to cashier. In 1888, Mills Lane and his father established the Merchant's Bank of Valdosta. Lane's intentions then turned towards Savannah. In 1890, he became vice-president at the Citizens Bank of Savannah and later, in 1901, he became president. Lane then bought stock in the largest bank in town, the Southern Bank of Savannah, which led to a merger in 1906 resulting in the Citizens and Southern Bank.

During the years 1912-1926, the Citizens and Southern Bank opened branches in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Macon and Valdosta. In 1927, Citizens and Southern Bank became a national bank under the Federal Reserve System. In 1928, the Citizens and Southern Holding Company was formed to hold stock in affiliated banks which were established in Charleston (1928), Albany (1929), Dublin (1929), LaGrange (1929), Thomaston (1929), and East Point (1948). Mills Lane retired as president and became chairman of the board in 1928.

Personal interests led Lane to various agrarian projects. With A. P. Brantley, he financed the first tobacco crop in South Georgia. He was among the first to advocate an increase in cattle and sheep farming, as well as dairy production in South and Middle Georgia. He also conducted crop experiments on his plantation (Lebanon) near Savannah, exploring viable crops for Georgia such as Satsuma oranges.

Lane was involved in industry, community development, and education in Georgia. He worked to bring the Union Bag and Paper Corporation to Savannah and held leadership roles in corporations and committees including Savannah Sugar Refining Co., Ocean Steamship Co., Bibb Manufacturing Co., the Seaboard Air Line Railway Co. Bondholders' Protective Committee (1930-1944), and the Foreign Bondholders' Protective Council (1932-1937). Lane encouraged the paving of many of Savannah's streets and the construction of the Coastal Highway. He also contributed to higher education and benevolent organizations.

Mills B. Lane was married to Mary E. Comer (1881-1966) in 1906. They had five children - four sons, Hugh Comer Lane, Remer Young Lane, Edward C. (Ned) Lane, and Mills Bee Lane, Jr. and a daughter, Mary Lane.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 3 cubic feet of papers and three oversized folders arranged in nine series. The transportation series is divided into four subseries: Seaboard Air Line Railway Company; Seaboard Air Line Railway Co. and Bondholders' Protective Committee; Savannah and Atlanta Railway Company, correspondence and distributed materials; and miscellaneous. The politics series is divided into two subseries: general and domestic politics and foreign debts. The agriculture series is divided into two subseries: general and Satsuma oranges. The family and local history series is divided into two series: family and business history and local history.

The folders containing photographs are noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.


Index Terms

Agriculture --Georgia--Experimentation.
Atlanta Railway Company (Ga.)
Banks and banking--Georgia.
Bridges--Georgia.
Business records.
Central of Georgia Railway.
Citizens and Southern National Bank.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Financial records.
Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, inc.
Lane family.
Lane, Mills B., (Mills Bee), 1912-1989.
Lane, Mills Bee, 1860-1945.
Letters (correspondence)
Local histories.
Minutes (administrative records)
Naval stores--Georgia.
Newsprint industry--Georgia.
Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah.
Owens-Thomas House (Savannah, Ga.)
Pamphlets.
Photographs.
Roads--Georgia.
Satsuma orange--Georgia.
Savannah (Ga.)
Savannah (Steamship)
Savannah and Atlanta Railway Company (Ga.)
Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company.
Skidaway Island (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Mills Bee Lane I papers, MS 2003, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mills Bee Lane, Jr., 1976


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Separated Material

Postcards were separated from the collection and cataloged with MS 1361-PC.

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

SERIES 1:: Banking, 1882-1949

This series contains correspondence, board meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets concerning the Citizens and Southern Bank. The order of these files follows the pattern of growth of the Citizens and Southern Bank, which is predominantly chronological and reflects changes in bank name, status, and function. Additional materials concern general banking practices and financial relationships with banks in Atlanta, Charleston, Darien, Dublin, and Macon.

Box

Fldr

11The Citizens Bank of Savannah, 1899-1900
Citizens and Southern Bank
1887-1923, and 1927
Board of Directors Minutes, 1888, 1890-1894
4Citizens and Southern National Bank, 1928-1933, 1945
5Citizens and Southern System, 1942
6Citizens and Southern, Publications, 1909, 1914, 1921, 1937, and 1948
7Citizens and Southern Company, Athens, 1926
Citizens and Southern Bank:
Atlanta (Trust Company and Third National Bank), 1896, 1902, 1914, 1920, 1926-1929, 1932
Augusta, Ga., undated
Macon, GA, 1933
Savannah, GA, 1887-1932
Skidaway Island, GA, 1927-1930
Thomaston, GA, 1942
Valdosta, GA, 1929, 1949
15Dublin Bank and Trust Company, 1928
16Banks in Georgia, 1801-1869 History, 1927
17People's Bank, Savannah, 1922-1926
18American National Bank, Macon, 1882, 1891, 1907-1908, 1926
19Atlantic Savings Bank and Atlantic National Bank of Charleston, SC, 1928
20General Banking Pamphlets, 1931, 1945-1951
 

SERIES 2:: Businesses, 1898-1943

This series contains correspondence about various enterprises such as Union Bag and Paper, phosphate lands in Florida, a wire cloth plant, and site research for potential businesses in Savannah.

Oversize_Folder

1Miscellaneous business, 1898, 1916-1935

Oversize_Folder

2"Savannah, Georgia Industrial Sites," The Industrial

Box

Fldr

121Savannah Fire Insurance Company, Globe Underwriters Exchange, Inc., 1930-1931
22Consolidation of Naval Stores Interests, 1931-1932
23Development of Phosphate Lands in Florida, 1932
24Wire Cloth Plant, Julian Howell, 1932-1936
25Businesses in Georgia, 1933, 1936-1943
26Newsprint Paper Mill, 1934-1938
27Union Bag and Paper Corporation, 1935-1936
28Orange Crush 7-Up Distributing Company, Dothan, AL, 1939
 

SERIES 3:: Transportation, 1930-1944

This series consists of four subseries: 3.1, Seaboard Air Line Railway Company; 3.2, Seaboard Air Line Railway Co. and Bondholders' Protective Committee; 3.3., Savannah and Atlanta Railway Company; and 3.4, miscellaneous. The series contains correspondence and other materials concerning road paving, highway construction (particularly the Coastal Highway), bridges in Savannah, the Ocean Steamship Co., the Seaboard Air Line Railway Company and Bondholders' Protective Association, and the Savannah and Atlanta Railway Company.



SUBSERIES 3.1:: Seaboard Air Line Railway Company, 1915-1941

Box

Fldr

21General, 1915, 1930-1931
2Board Minutes, 1930
3Advance Statements of Revenues, Operating Expenses, and Taxes, 1939-1941



SUBSERIES 3.2:: Seaboard Air Line Railway Co. and Bondholders' Protective Committee, 1931-1944

Box

Fldr

24January-April, 1931
5May-September, 1931
61932-1935
(None in 1934)
71936-1937
81938-1939
91940
10Plan of Reorganization, 1940

Box

Fldr

311941
21942-1944



SUBSERIES 3.3:: Savannah and Atlanta Railway Company, 1927-1942

Box

Fldr

331927-1928
41928-1931
(no 1930)
51932
61933, 1939, 1941-1942



SUBSERIES 3.4:: Miscellaneous, 1930-1943

Box

Fldr

37State Highway Board of Georgia, 1930-1932
8Coastal Highway, 1933, 1936-1937
9Coastal Highway, 1937-1938
10Highways, Bridges, etc., 1938-1942
11Seaboard Vehicular Bridge Across Savannah River, 1938-1939, 1943

Box

Fldr

41American Association of Railroads, 1938
2Central of Georgia, Reorganization, 1939
3Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah, 1939, 1942
 

SERIES 4:: Politics, 1932-1943

This series consists of two subseries: 4.1, general and domestic politics; and 4.2, foreign debts. The series contains correspondence and pamphlets about taxation, the New Deal, and foreign debt as well as correspondence, board meeting minutes, and reports for the Foreign Bondholders' Protective Council.



SUBSERIES 4.1:: General and domestic politics, 1932-1943

Box

Fldr

44Chamber of Commerce of the United States, Committee on Federal Expenditures, 1932-1934
5Commission on Economy and Taxation, Georgia, 1935-1937
6American Liberty League, 1935-1936
7The National Economic League, 1938-1939
8Organized Business, Inc.; J.K. Breedin, 1943
9Miscellaneous Politics, 1935, 1937-1938, 1942-1943



SUBSERIES 4.2:: Foreign debts, 1932-1937

Box

Fldr

410 Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America Referendum NO. 64 on the Report of the Special Committee on Governmental Debts Due to the United States, 1932
Foreign Bondholders' Protective Council
Report of Laird Bell to the Foreign Bondholders' Protective German Dollar Bond Situation and German Debt Conference of January 1934
Report of Pierre Jay, Laird Bell, and W.W. Cumberland on German Debt Conference of April-May 1934
1932-1933
January-July 1934
August 1934-March 1935
April 1935-September 1937
 

SERIES 5:: Agriculture, 1929-1943

This series consists of two subseries: 5.1, general; and 5.2, Satsuma oranges. The series contains correspondence, pamphlets, and other materials relative to agriculture. In particular, there is information on the purchase and care of Satsuma orange trees.



SUBSERIES 5.1:: General, 1933-1943

Box

Fldr

51Agriculture, 1933-1943
2Immigrants from West to Georgia, 1934-1937



SUBSERIES 5.2:: Satsuma oranges, 1929-1942

Box

5Stock acquisition
In Search of Satsuma Orange Trees, 1929-1930, 1932, 1935
Nurseries in FL: Monticello and Pensacola, 1929, 1932-1936
Glen Saint Mary Nurseries Co., Glen Saint Mary, Fl., 1932-1939
Wight Nursery Co., Cairo, Ga., 1932, 1935-1939
Crop and equipment information
1929-1936, 1942
1931-1936
Shipping
1929-1930
1931-1932
1933-1934
1935, 1937
 

SERIES 6:: Charitable giving, 1933-1943

This series contains correspondence concerning organizations that received money or advice from Mills Lane, such as Bethesda Home for Boys, Mercer University, Wesleyan College, and other facilities.

Box

Fldr

61Wesleyan College, 1936-1942
2Bethesda Home for Boys, 1937-1939
3Miscellaneous Giving, 1937-1939, 1942-1943
 

SERIES 7:: Family and local history, 1863-1945

This series consists of two subseries: 7.1, family and business history; and 7.2, local history. The series contains items directly concerning the Lane family including banking and other family-owned businesses, family property, and the local history of Mills' hometown, Savannah.



SUBSERIES 7.1:: Family and business history, 1926-1945

Box

Fldr

64Lane family miscellaneous, 1926-1931, 1941-1945, undated
5Family correspondence, 1933, 1938-1943, undated
6World War II, 1939-1944



SUBSERIES 7.2:: Local history, 1863-1970

Box

Fldr

67Local history, 1864, 1927-1930, 1935
8Savannah Miscellaneous, 1919-1921, 1932-1935
9Correspondence concerning Two Civil War Diaries, 1939

Oversize_Folder

3Local history, 1863-1864
 

SERIES 8:: Mills B. Lane, Jr., 1857-1970

This series contains correspondence between father and son, postcards that had been a part of a personal collection, items accumulated for an archives at the Citizens and Southern Bank (Atlanta), programs for bank parties, and a magazine with Mills, Jr. on the cover as president of the bank.

Box

6Mills B. Lane, Jr.'s archives (bank history)
1857, 1883, 1890, 1907, 1921, 1925, 1934, 1944, 1948
1965-1970
12Postcards to Daisy and Rev. Loy Warwick, 1906-1912
(contains postcards of the coastal Georgia region)
13Correspondence, Mills B. Lane and Mills B. Lane, Jr., 1933-1936, 1941-1945
(contains both personal and bank business)
14 National Auditgram: The Magazine of Good Bank Management, December 1947
15Event Programs, Bank Parties, 1948-1949
 

SERIES 9:: Photographs

This series contains images of Mills Bee Lane, as well as other subjects. Included are an early construction view and several interior views of the Citizens and Southern main branch on Johnson, Square, photos of bank personnel and boards of directors, and miscellaneous images of other banks and views of Savannah.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items

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1Mills B. Lane, laying foundation for the Citizens and Southern Bank main branch, and color photos of a bank branch in the north side of Atlanta, 9 items. View images: 1 | 2 | 3.
Banks and bank personnel

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2Photo of the old Citizens Bank, photos of the Citizens and Southern Bank main branch, photo of the interior of the Liberty Street branch, 9 items

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3Photo of a plaque on bank building in Guyton, Ga., miscellaneous bank employees and boards of directors, 8 items

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4Savannah scenes, 13 items
Includes photos of the Owens' Thomas House, Central of Georgia building, and miscellaneous Savannah scenes.

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5Photo of Lane's Bridge over Altamaha River and image of the S.S. Savannah, 2 items

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6Prints, 9 items
Includes 2 postcards of the Citizens and Southern Bank main branch, a color print of the Savannah branch of the United States Bank, and miscellaneous unidentified prints.
 
Artifacts
A-2003-001 Five dollar bill from the Confederate States of America View online.
A-2003-002 Five dollar bill from the Merchants and Planters Bank in Savannah, Georgia View online.
A-2003-003 Ten dollar bill from the Bank of Commerce in Savannah, Georgia View online.
A-2003-004 Twenty dollar bill from the Bank of Commerce View online.
A-2003-005 Five dollar bill from the Bank of the State of Georgia, Savannah branch, dated Feb. 3, 1860 View online.