George E. Oliver papers
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George E. Oliver papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Oliver, George E., 1914-2004.
Title: George E. Oliver papers
Dates: 1954-1989
Extent: 4.25 cubic feet (4 boxes, 3 loose items)
Identification: MS 1859

Biographical/Historical Note

George E. Oliver was born 20 September 1914 in Covington, Georgia and attended public schools in Savannah, Georgia. He received his A.B. degree in 1936 from Presbyterian College in 1936 and earned his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1939. Oliver served three years as a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard Reserves during World War II and following his service he returned to Savannah and began practicing as a lawyer. In December 1954, Oliver was elected recorder of the Savannah Police Court, a position that he held until 1963 when he was elected judge of the City Court of Savannah, now known as the State Court of Chatham County. In 1970, Governor Lester Maddox appointed Oliver judge of the Superior Court of Chatham County. Judge Oliver held this position for the next fifteen years until he retired to senior judge status, meaning that he was available to sit on the bench as needed.

Besides a successful career as a judge, Oliver was the proud member of various fraternal organizations. He was active in Landrum Lodge No. 48 of the Freemasons in Savannah and served as their Grand Master in 1964 and was the Grand Master of Georgia's Masons in 1973. He was involved in the Alee Temple of the Shrine and served as a potentate. Oliver was also active in his church, the Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church in Savannah and worked thirty years as a Sunday school teacher. He and his wife, Dorothy Cornell resided in Savannah for sixty years until his death on 2 July 2004.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains scrapbooks detailing the career of Judge George E. Oliver from 1954 to 1983. They cover his campaigns to be elected for various positions, the court trials he presided over, and his involvement in various organizations like the Alee Temple of the Shrine and the Freemasons. Also included are Oliver's Masonic aprons, awards received, framed photographs, books with information about his fraternal organizations that include his own notes in them, and other miscellaneous items from 1954 to 1989.


This collection is arranged into 4 boxes, 3 loose items:

Box 1: Scrapbooks, 1954-1984

Box 2: Scrapbooks, 1963-1983

Box 3: Masonic aprons, awards, certificates, framed photographs, books: History of the Alee Temple, Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, Masonic Manual and Code, From You to Me: Collected Poems by Dewey H. Wollstein, 1954-1975

Box 4: Awards, framed photographs, 1972-1985

Loose items: two framed prints, clock, ca. 1970s-1989

Index Terms

Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America. Alee Temple (Savannah, Ga.)
Artifacts (object genre)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Fraternal organizations--Georgia--Savannah.
Freemasons. Grand Lodge of Georgia.
Oliver, George E., 1914-2004.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection is processed at the Basic Level (or collection level). There is no detailed inventory for this collection as it is not fully processed. To request that this collection be added to our priority list of collections to be fully processed as staffing and funding allow, please contact the Library and Archives staff.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.