Georgia Historical Society collection of World War II papers and other materials
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Georgia Historical Society collection of World War II papers and other materials

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia Historical Society.
Title: Georgia Historical Society collection of World War II papers and other materials
Dates: 1942-2000, bulk 1942-1945
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Identification: MS 1548

Biographical/Historical Note

The Georgia Historical Society was founded by Richard D. Arnold, William Bacon Stevens, and Israel K. Tefft, all residents of Savannah, Georgia. It was chartered in 1839 by the Georgia General Assembly. The headquarters of the Georgia Historical Society is located in Savannah, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is an artificial collection which means that the materials within this collection arrived at the Georgia Historical Society at different times and in different ways, but were brought together by archivists for a specific purpose. This purpose was an exhibit at the Georgia Historical Society in 2000 on World War II (1941-1945) and the war's effects on the home front in Savannah, Georgia. Many of the materials in the collection are visual in nature as they were selected for use in display cases. There are, however, informational materials such as flyers, one monograph, newspaper clippings, periodicals, and pamphlets as well. Materials include both original materials and reproductions.

The World War II exhibit collection is arranged in three series: Manuscripts and Artifacts; Art Reproductions and Photographs; and Periodicals and Newspaper Clippings. Series 1 contains both two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials and is arranged alphabetically by topic. This series also contains sound recordings. Series 2 contains images of events in Savannah during World War II as well as advertisements and propaganda of the period. Periodicals and Newspaper Clippings primarily contains original magazines from the period although there is also a 1979 special issue of American History Illustrated that focuses on the Home Front during World War II and two files of newspaper clippings. Oversized materials from Box 1 and Box 2 have been removed to Box 3 of the collection.

Index Terms

Artifacts (object genre)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Ration books.
Savannah (Ga.)--History--20th century.
Savannah (Ga.)--Social conditions--20th century.
Sheet music.
Sound recordings.
United States--Civilization--20th century.
World War, 1939-1945.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

Equipment for sound recordings is unavailable.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Georgia Historical Society collection of World War II papers and other materials, MS 1548, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Thomas Fulton, 1991; Unknown, undated.


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.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


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

Container List


Series 1:: Manuscripts and Artifacts

(Alphabetized by topic)


1Blackouts, Rules, 1943, undated
Georgia Schools at War, pamphlet prepared and published by War Finance Committee, 1944. View images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Hunter, Gen. Frank O'Driscoll "Monk" Hunter and Hunter Army Airfield, 1964, 2000, undated. View images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Jews in World War II, 1942-1945 View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Latest Popular Songs, Summer, No. 2, circa 1945
Audiocassette Tape (reproduction), Songs That Got Us Through World War II, Santa Monica, CA: Rhino Music, Inc., 1990
Sheet Music and Sheet Music Covers, undated. View images: 1 | 2.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Radio at War, pamphlet distributed by WTOC, Savannah, GA, undated. View images: 1 | 2.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Ration Books, 1942-1943, undated
Certificates and Stamps, 1942-1947
Instructions, 1946, undated
Transportation, undated
2 folders
V for Victory: America's Home Front During World War II by Stan Cohen, Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co. Inc., 1991
Victory Club Certificate, Commercial High School, 1942 March 10
War Loan Descriptive Folder, undated
Miscellany, 1942-1944, undated

Series 2:: Illustrations and Photographs


2Illustrations, 1943-1944, undated
(This folder contains both original and reproduction materials.)
Photographic Reproductions:
S. S. George Whitefield, 1943 August
Miscellany, 1942, undated

Series 3:: Periodicals and Newspaper Clippings

(Alphabetized by title)


2 American History Illustrated, "Special Issue: The Home Front in World War II", 1979 July
Everywoman's Magazine, 1944 August
Modern Homemaker:
"Victory Canning Edition", 1943
"Mealtime Magic Edition", 1945
Reader's Digest:
1942 March
1943 June
1945 March
Newspapers, Headline and Article Reproductions, 1932-1943
2 folders
Newspapers, Clippings (originals), 1942-1943


3Oversized Periodicals
(Alphabetized by title)
The American Home:
1942 February
1943 October
House and Garden, 1940 March, 1940
1942 December 7
1943 January 25
1943 August 23
Woman's Home Companion, 1942 September
Oversized Manuscripts and Artifacts
(Alphabetized by topic)
Advertisements, 1945, undated
Advertisement Blotter Cards:
(Envelope 1)
"Happy Landing 1944", 1944
"Uncle Sam, you come first", undated
"Gulfpride, Superrefined by the Alchlor Process, 100% Pure Pennsylvania", undated
"Knockproof, No-Nox Ethyl Gas", undated
Aircraft Spotter Cards (reproduction playing cards with airplane identification images), Ocala, FL: Action Products International, Inc., 1991
(A1548-005) (Envelope 2)
Curtain Model, 2000
Rules, Savannah-Chatham Defense Council, undated
Blue Star Flag
(reproduction, A1548-006)
Milk bottle (clear glass with red lettering), labeled "DUBLIN COOP. DAIRIES PASTURIZED MILK & CREAM; 5 CENT DEPOSIT; You Owe It To Your Country buy WAR BONDS; You Owe It To Your Health DRINK MILK!", undated
Sheet Music and Sheet Music Covers, Oversized, undated
Victor Brand Record with Cover, United States Marine Band, undated
Side A -- "National Emblem March"
Side B -- "German Fidelity March"
Rationing, Household:
Non-rationed Shoe Stamps, undated
Office of Price Administration (OPA) Tokens
War Camp, Community Service Badge, undated
A-1548-001 Advertising ink blotter from the American Oil Company and Pan American Refining Corp View online.
A-1548-002 Two advertising ink blotters from the American Oil Company View online.
A-1548-003 Advertising ink blotter for Gulf petroleum View online.
A-1548-004 Advertising ink blotter with an image of a cartoon Gulf gas station View online.
A-1548-005 Replica of a World War II deck of spotter playing cards View online.
A-1548-006 Replica of a Service Flag View online.
A-1548-007 One pint milk bottle from "Dublin Coop Dairies, Pasteurized Milk & Cream" View online.
A-1548-008 RCA Victor 78 rpm album of the "National Emblem March" and the "German Fidelity March" View online.
A-1548-009 Three OPA red point tokens and two OPA blue point tokens in a red cardstock envelope View online.
A-1548-010 War Camp Community Service Badge View online.