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Alton Bowie Reddick, Jr. Time Capsule Documents

Collection number: ahc.MSS789f

Scope and Content

This collection primarily consists of telegrams sent to Alton Bowie Reddick, Jr. (1920-2009) in regards to the Time Capsule Committee project. Telegrams were sent from Ralph McGill (1898-1969), Mayor William B. Hartsfield (1890-1971), and Collett E. Woolman (1899-1966), with predictions of Atlanta's growth and development between 1959 and 1998. There are also newspaper clippings with predictions of urban growth in every city and county in Georgia between 1959 and 2033.


  • 1959 May


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Alton Bowie Reddick, Jr. (1920-2009) was born in Savannah, Georgia, to Alton Bowie Reddick (1886-1942) and Miriam Lillian Reddick (1892-1988). He grew up in Sylvania, Georgia, and graduated from Sylvania High School in 1937. Reddick attended the University of Virginia, Emory University at Oxford, and the University of Georgia in Athens prior to serving in the US Army between 1942-1946. He received honorable discharge as a tech sergeant, resumed his college career, and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Science. Reddick began his career as personnel manager with H.W. Lay & Co. in 1946, where he worked until joining Allstate Insurance Co. in 1952 as personnel manager over the Atlanta Regional Division. In 1955, Reddick helped to establish Allstate's public relations department. While working at Allstate insurance, Reddick became chairman of the Time Capsule Committee, a collaboration between Allstate and the Georgia Historical Society. The Time Capsule had two compartments, one of which was opened on Atlanta's 150th anniversary in 1998; and the other which will remain sealed until 2033, in celebration of Georgia's 300th anniversary. Allstate expanded the public relations department to include public affairs, and Reddick worked as a manager in the combined department until his retirement in 1983, after which he volunteered and was an active member of his community in Sandy Springs.


1 folder(s)



Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

A. B. Reddick Time Capsule documents
Kristi Ford
April 2018
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305