President and Director of History
Phone: (770) 498-4155 ext. 128
Mary Beth Reed helped co-found New South Associates in 1988 when the company was started and serves the company as President and Director of History. In her capacity as President, Ms. Reed presides over New South Associates’ operations and serves as chair of the company’s Board of Directors. As the Director of History, she supervises a team of historians and architectural historians involved in documentation projects, architectural survey, landuse studies, Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements, and context development. Ms. Reed also selects projects and clients for the History Department to pursue. Ms. Reed received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and her M.A. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.
Awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for Preserving Georgia’s History, 2000, presented by State of Georgia, Ms. Reed is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society, the Georgia Historical Society, the National Council on Public History, Vernacular Georgia, the Society for Historical Archaeology, and the DeKalb County Historical Society. As a volunteer, she has served as a Historic Preservation Commissioner for the City of Stone Mountain and as a board member of the Society of Georgia Archaeology and the Stone Mountain Historic Society. She serves as the co-editor of Historical Archaeology. Ms. Reed has worked for various clients including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, several Departments of Transportation, the Department of Energy, and a number of state agencies and private clients. She has directed research in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, D.C., as well as the Republic of Panamá and Puerto Rico. Ms. Reed has experience in HABS/HAER documentation, management of historic preservation projects, land use history, local history/community studies, architectural, agricultural, and industrial history, urban architecture/history, Cold War history, military history and architecture, history of technology, history of granite quarrying, National Register nominations and survey, and Section 106 compliance projects. She has extensive experience in Cold War studies, having produced documentation over the last two decades on the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.