Rainwater family papers
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Rainwater family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Rainwater, James S., (James Straton), 1914-1993.
Title: Rainwater family papers
Dates: 1864-1951
Extent: (1 box, 1 oversize folder) 0.75 cubic feet
Identification: MS 2450
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Straton Rainwater (b. 1883) was married to Gussie S. Rainwater. James was a printer for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. They had several children including James S. Rainwater, Jr. (1914-1993) and his sister Augusta. James, Jr. became a Sergeant in the army during World War II, during which time he was never further than 350 miles from his home, when offered choice of next assignment he choose Special Services. James, Jr. died in 1993 in Hillsborough, Florida.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials related to the Rainwater family particularly James Rainwater and James Rainwater, Jr.

Folder 1: Contains James Rainwater, Jr.'s 1928 Boy Scout Card; Atlanta Typographical union cards and rosters, for James S. Rainwater, 1911-1957; a Pepsi-Cola "Living Letter" 78 rpm record; Military classification cards, 1918 and undated, and a Social Security card, 1937, for James S. Rainwater; Atlanta Grand Opera programs; Commencement program for Georgia Normal and Industrial College, Milledgeville, Ga., 1907; and various deeds, 1864-1908.

Folder 2: Contains newspaper clippings mostly for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1902-1951 and undated; Basic Field Manual for Soldiers, 1942; Madison Baptist Church subscription card, 1910; Penn Mutual Life Insurance ad; letter to James Rainwater from D. Dickinson on Grady Hospital stationary, 1931; and correspondence with American Brake Shoe & Foundry Co., 1932; two brochures for Chattanooga, Tennessee's Lookout and Signal Mountain, circa 1910.

Folder 3: Contains a "Keep 'Em Flying" recruitment poster, 1942.

Folders 4-7: Contains James S. Rainwater, Jr.'s correspondence, some containing photographs, from 1940-1946, some is V-Mail also called Victory mail.

Oversize folder 1: Contains a print of "Moccasin Bend and Chattanooga, Tennessee, from Point Park, Lookout Mountain" with accompanying poem "Lookout Mountain" by Lon A. Warner, undated; and Frances Rainwater's Madison Public School diploma, 1905.

Index Terms

78 rpm records.
Boy Scouts of America.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Draft cards.
Georgia Normal and Industrial College.
Identity cards.
Labor unions--Georgia.
Prints (visual works)
Rainwater, Augusta, (Marian Augusta), 1911-1955.
Rainwater, Frances, approximately 1890-
Rainwater, Gussie.
Rainwater, James S., (James Straton), 1914-1993.
Rainwater, James S., (James Straton), approximately 1884-1959.
Souvenir programs.
Training manuals.
World War, 1939-1945--Correspondence.
World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.