Georgia Lung Association, Southeast Branch (Savannah, Ga.) administrative records
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Georgia Lung Association, Southeast Branch (Savannah, Ga.) administrative records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia Lung Association. Southeast Branch (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Georgia Lung Association, Southeast Branch (Savannah, Ga.) administrative records
Dates: 1920-1977
Extent: 4.0 cubic feet (8 boxes, 2 volumes)
Identification: MS 1322

Biographical/Historical Note

The Georgia Lung Association, begun in 1919 as the Chatham-Savannah Tuberculosis Association, was a local organization. It was chartered in Chatham County Superior Court on May 7, 1920, as the Chatham-Savannah Tuberculosis and Benevolent Association "to care for and treat persons afflicted with tuberculosis in said County, and elsewhere, as it may determine." The charter was renewed by the Georgia Secretary of State in 1943. The charter was renewed by the Georgia Secretary of State in 1943 and amended in 1947, changing the corporate name to Chatham-Savannah Tuberculosis and Health Association, and again in 1950, when its powers and authority were increases. Another amendment was granted in 1950, again changing the name to Chatham-Savannah Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association, Inc. in 1970. The Association became affiliated with the Georgia Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association in 1971, the name of which was changed in 1973 to the Georgia Lung Association. In that year, the Chatham Savannah TB and RDA entered into a contractual arrangement with the Georgia Lung Association, and in 1974 became the Southeast Branch (Branch VI) of the Georgia Lung Association. The charter of the Savannah-Chatham TB and RDA was dissolved on December 13, 1977.

In cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Savannah, the Association began building a Fresh Air Camp (later the Sunshine Unit) for treatment of children with tuberculosis. It opened in 1926, but closed in September, 1943; the property was ceded by the Association in 1944 as a TB hospital. This hospital was closed in January, 1959 and the site is now used y the Chatham Nursing Home.

In addition to the sale of Christmas seals, the Association sponsored various activities relating to the detection and prevention of respiratory diseases, such as Cleaner Air and Air Pollution, anti-smoking campaigns, health education, and pulmonary screening.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the official papers of the Georgia Lung Association, Southeast Branch. They include minutes, reports, constitution and bylaws, charters, contracts, correspondence, and scrapbooks pertaining to the work of the Association.

The minutes are those of the Board, 1920-1976 and of the annual meetings, 1921-1972. The reports are those of the Association, 1929-1958, 1970, of the President, the Executive Secretary, and of the committees. There are a few scattering financial records. The charters are those of 1920, 1943, 1947, 1950, 1970, 1977. The contracts are between the Chatham-Savannah Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association and the Georgia Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association after the local association became an affiliate of the state association. The general correspondence, 1921-1974, concerns the Board; e.g., appointments, resignations, instructions from the Board, and the general work of the organization. There are separate folders of the correspondence and other papers re the reorganization, 1971-1974, with the Georgia Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1925-1959, and Battey State Hospital, 1970-1974, and concerning the Georgia Respiratory Disease conference. There are lists of members, officers, and committees, 1957-1974. There are also folders on the history of the Association, resolutions and tributes, Christmas seal sales promotion, press releases and clippings, various programs conducted by the Association, scrapbooks and photographs.

Index Terms

Administrative records.
Bylaws (administrative records)
Georgia Lung Association. Southeast Branch (Savannah, Ga.)
Health facilities--Georgia.
Letters (correspondence)
Minutes (administrative records)
Respiratory organs.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creating body.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Georgia Lung Association, Southeast Branch (Savannah, Ga.) administrative records, MS 1322, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Georgia Lung Association, Southeast Branch, 1979.


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



1Minutes of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee, 1920-1950

Minutes, 1920-1922, 10.0 items.
Minutes, 1923-1924, 22.0 items.
Minutes, 1925-1926, 29.0 items.
Minutes, 1927-1928, 22.0 items.
Minutes, 1929-1930, 17.0 items.
Minutes, 1931-1932, 17.0 items.
Minutes, 1933-1934, 29.0 items.
Minutes, 1935-1936, 20.0 items.
Minutes, 1937-1938, 25.0 items.
Minutes, 1939-1940, 14.0 items.
Minutes, 1941-1942, 21.0 items.
Minutes, 1943-1944, 11.0 items.
Minutes, 1945-1946, 14.0 items.
Minutes, 1947-1948, 23.0 items.
Minutes, 1949-1950, 24.0 items.


2Minutes of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee, 1951-1977

Minutes, 1951-1952, 17.0
Minutes, 1953-1954, 18.0 items.
Minutes, 1955-1956, 24.0 items.
Minutes, 1957-1959, 30.0 items.
Minutes, 1960-1961, 22.0 items.
Minutes, 1962-1964, 31.0 items.
Minutes, 1965-1966, 24.0 items.
Minutes, 1967-1968, 24.0 items.
Includes Georgia Tuberculosis Association minutes, April 22, 1967.
Minutes, 1969-1970, 28.0 items.
Minutes, 1970-1972, 20.0 items.
Minutes, 1973, 29.0 items.
Minutes, 1974-1977, 25.0 items.


3Minutes of the annual meetings, reports, 1921-1972

Minutes, 1921-1940, 12.0 items.
Minutes, 1941, 1945-1955, 12.0 items.
Minutes, 1956-1968, 12.0 items.
Minutes, 1970-1973, 9.0 items.
Annual reports of the Association, 1949-1940, 1941, 6.0 items.
Annual reports of the Association, 1941, 1942-1947, 1948, 7.0 items.
Annual reports of the Association, 1949, 1950-1957, 1958, 5.0 items.
Annual reports of the Association, 1963, 1964-1972, 1973, 6.0 items.
Annual reports of the Executive Secretary, 1932-1938, 7.0 items.
Monthly activity reports of the Executive Secretary, (incomplete), 1958 August-1973 September, 28.0 items.
Annual reports of the president, and of the Executive Committee, 1969, 1974; 1970, 5.0 items.
Annual reports, Christmas seals sales, 1955, 1956, 2.0 items.
Annual reports, Medical Advisory Committee, 1954 and undated, 2.0 items.
Annual reports, Health Education Committee, 1955-1956, 2.0 items.
Annual reports, TB Sanatorium, 1955-1956, 2.0 items.
Annual reports, Junior Auxiliary Board, 1955-1956, 2.0 items.
Annual reports, miscellaneous committees, alphabetical by name, 9.0 items.
Case Finding, 1955-1956; Community Relations, 1956; Fact Finding, undated; House and Personnel, 1974; Nominating, 1969-1970, 1972-1973; Patient Services, 1956; Private Health Services, 1954; Program Development, 1955


4Constitutions, charters, contracts, management of the Association and history

Constitutions and bylaws, 1919-1973
Many of them are undated; includes amendments and revisions.
Charters, 1920-1977
Includes renewals, amendments and dissolution, with some related correspondence.
Contracts with Georgia Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association, 1969-1974
Includes some related correspondence.
Annual reports of the Corporation to the Secretary of State, 1943, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977
Board of Directors and Committees of Chatham-Savannah TB and RD Association, 1955/56-1973/74; Georgia Tuberculosis Association, executive and other Committees, 1967/68, 1973/74; Georgia TB and RD Association Board of Directors and Committees, 1972-1975; Georgia Lung Association Committees, 1973-1974
Resolutions, 1933-1962
On the deaths of Charles R. Clapp, 1953; Mrs. Harry H. McGee, 1936; William G. Sutlive, 1940; D. Harry H. McGee, 1952; Dr. Clair A. Henderson, 1955; Dr. Robert V. Martin, 1957; Ethel W. Nichols, 1957; John R. Dekle, 1958; Leiston T. Shuman, 1962; of appreciation to Mrs. Helen Saxton Wolfe hicks, 1957; to the Woman's Advisory Board to the mayor of Savannah suggesting methods to curb the spread of tuberculosis, 1933 or 1934; protesting the publicity of the National Tuberculosis Association, 1959; and to call on all theaters in Chatham County to prohibit smoking therein, 1973.
Financial records. Yearly audits, 1926, 1929-1931; monthly financial statements, April 1974-February 1976; 2 insurance policies, 1950, 1963; deed of sale of some heating equipment, 1972; bill of sale to secure debt covering a mobile X-Ray unit, 1950, with record of payments; undated proposed budget
Personnel policies and practices, 1953, 1961, 1965, 1972
Job description, Executive Director
Program of work, 1968/1969- 1973/1974
Planning, 1971-1972
"The Development of Inner-City Programs," 1971; "Program Planning Guide," 1971-1972; "Planning-Programming-Budgeting," undated; "Example-Developing Plans of Action...," undated; "Basic Program for Small Affiliates," undated.
Miscellaneous, 9.0 items.
Donors to the Sanatorium Equipment Fund (2 lists, undated; with negative photocopies of cancelled checks for donations, 1943); Model Agena-Implementation Plan Workshop, undated; data on the Cross of Lorraine as the Association's symbol; "Winner of the Trudeau Medal" (typed manuscript), 1942.
History of the Association, 20.0 items.
Sketches, letters, and other papers relating to its history, including composite lists of its officers, 1919-1970. Of special interest is "Brief History of the Negro tuberculosis work in Savannah, Georgia," 1933.


5Correspondence, 1921-1974
The correspondence relates to the work and activities of the association.

Correspondence, 1921-1944, 20.0 items.
Correspondence, 1951-1965, 38.0 items.
Largely resignations from the Board.
Correspondence, 1966-1969, 9.0 items.
Correspondence, 1970, 38.0 items.
Correspondence, 1971 January-June, 36.0 items.
Correspondence, 1971 July-December, 46.0 items.
Correspondence, 1972 January-March, 34.0 items.
Correspondence, 1972 April-June, 33.0 items.
Correspondence, 1972 July-September, 22.0 items.
Correspondence, 1972 October-December, 42.0 items.
Correspondence, 1973 January-May, 56.0 items.
Correspondence, 1973 June-December; 1974 January-April, 36.0 items.
Correspondence, regarding reorganization, 1971 October-1973 June, 3.0 items.
Includes Minutes of the Reorganization Committee, June 25, 1973.
Correspondence, regarding reorganization, 1973 July, November; 1974 February, March, 14.0 items.
Includes some mimeographed material re the reorganization plan, and a small undated poster announcing change of name from Georgia TB-RD Association to Georgia Lung Association.
Correspondence regarding Georgia Respiratory Disease Conference, 1970 August-1974 January, 29.0 items.
Includes minutes and programs.
Correspondence with state Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1925 November; 1927 February-December; 1929 August, 17.0 items.
Regarding African American patients sent from Savannah.
Correspondence with Battey State Hospital, 1970 September-1974 February, 33.0 items.
Regarding patients from Savannah. Name of hospital changed circa 1974 to North Georgia Regional Hospital at Rome.


6Activities, programs, etc.

Air pollution, 1971-1974, 7.0 items.
Christmas seal promotion, 1912-1951, 1926, 1970
Includes financial data on seal sales, 1912-1951.
Christmas seals, 1920-1978, 58.0 items.
Most are uncut sheets. Those incomplete are 1920-1929, 1939-1940, 1942-1943, 1949-1951, 1968-1970. There are no stamps for 1931.
Cleaner Air Week, 11.0 items.
Correspondence, programs, proclamation, press releases, etc. Cleaner Air Week was observed in October.
Cleaner Air Week, 1973, 62.0 items.
Pulmonary screening, 1962-1963, 1971, 1972-1973, 10.0 items.
Smoking Withdrawal Clinic, 1971-1974, 10.0 items.
Smoking Youth, 1970-1971, 16.0 items.
Regarding youth conferences on smoking and health.
Tuberculosis, 5.0 items.
Miscellaneous information on tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases and education programs.
Publicity, 1926, 1966, 1971-1974
Press releases and clippings. Enclosed is a notebook containing releases and clippings on various programs. Not counted.
Photographs relating to various programs, 98.0 items.
Some with identifications of persons in the photographs.
Requests for materials, 1970-1974, 20.0 items.
Requests for health education material from Savannah-Chatham TB and Health Association.
Sons. Christmas Seal songs, and songs for "sing-outs." Lyrics and music for one Christmas Seal song is a local product, poem by Gerald Chan Sieg, music by Molly Bernstein (photocopy), 8.0 items.
Printed materials, 7.0 items.
Regarding Battey State Hospital, tuberculosis, Christmas seals, annual report of Georgia Tuberculosis Association, Record Keeping Requirements by the U.S. Department of Labor, 1971.



T-B Sanatorium, 1942-1943, 1958
Christmas Seal sales, 1950-1951
Christmas Seal sales, 1954-1956



Christmas Seal sales, 1958-1961
Scrapbook. Christmas Seal sales, 1949-1955
Scrapbook. Christmas Seal sales and other programs, 1954-1956
Various programs, 1971-1974