War Camp Community Service Club papers
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War Camp Community Service Club papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: War Camp Community Service Club (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: War Camp Community Service Club papers
Dates: 1918-1920
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Identification: MS 0835

Biographical/Historical Note

The War Camp Community Service Club of Savannah was established in February, 1918, for the purpose of entertainment and beneficial services for servicemen stationed in Savannah or who came to Savannah. In September, 1918, they procured the Georgia Hussars Club on the southwest corner of Bull and Liberty Streets in which to carry on and expand their service. In the home, they maintained a cafeteria, a tea room, a library, a game room, a ballroom, and rooming facilities. It was supported by local subscription. Donations of food, furniture, and furnishings were received. The Club sponsored dances, concerts, lectures, dramatic skits, garden parties, dancing lessons, community sings, visits to hospitals and military bases, etc. The War Camp Community Service ceased operations at the end of World War I, and the Community Service Club of Savannah was organized to carry on its work. This, too, ceased operations in 1920.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a minute book, a diary kept by the Superintendent and house mother, an account book, a visitors' register, appreciation books, historical sketches, committee reports, correspondence, and photographs from the War Camp Community Service Club.

Index Terms

Account books.
Letters (correspondence)
Minute books.
Visitors' books.
War Camp Community Service (U.S.)
War Camp Community Service Club (Savannah, Ga.)
World War, 1914-1918--War work.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the Community Service Club, Inc., which continued the work of the creating body.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], War Camp Community Service Club papers, MS 835, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Community Service Club, Inc., Savannah, 1920.


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.


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

Container List




11Minute book of the War Camp Community Service Club, 1918 November 5-1919 March 11
2Diary of daily events kept by Mrs. Iola G. Bishop, Superintendent and House Mother of W.C.C.S.C., 1918 December 20-1920 January 31
3Private Accounts, W.C.C.S.C., 1918 November 27-1919 January 2
4Record of the workers of the Club, 1919 May 1-1920 January 1
1Correspondence and other papers, 1918-1919 (Items 5-34.)
Letters of thanks for invitation to use facilities of the Club house from Col. Archibald Campbell, Coast Artillery Corps, Fort Screvin; Col. C.H. Tyman, Adj. to Post Commander, Parris Island, S.C.; Lt. Col. Edward L. Kelly, Commanding 26th Art. CAC, Fort Screven, November-December 1918; letter from H. Feldman, Ex. Secretary, W.C.C.S.C. to Mrs. Horace Crane, Chairman of the House, re cashing checks for service men, February 7, 1919; letter from Lt. William B. price of the USS Bellingham thanking the Club for the Victrola given to the crew, February 12, 1919; letters from the Secretary of the W.C.C.S.C. to the Captain of the Red Cross Motor Corps, thanking them for assistance in entertainment of service men, Febraury 20, 1818; 2 historical sketches of the War Camp Community Service Club of Savannah; reports of the following committees: Dormitory (3), House, Repair, Library, Ball Room, Cafeteria, Christmas Entertainment, Cigar Stand; Duties of the following committees: Cafeteria, Cigar and Candy County, Social, Hospitality, Tea Room; Application blank for assignment as a worker; 4 receipts; sample of letter-head.
2Photographs (Items 35-52.) View online.
11 photographs of the Welcome Home celebration for the returned soldiers and sailors, March 4, 1919; 1 photograph of the exterior of the Club House and five of the interior, showing some service men and ladies.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
53Photograph of the crew of the USS Yamacraw, in front of the vessel



254Visitors' register, 1919 March-December
55Appreciation book from visitors, 1918 December 7-1919 December 10
56Appreciation book from visitors, 1918 December 11-1919 November 26
57List of Savannah service men who visited the Club, 1919 May 24-July 16