Savannah Area Retired Officers Association records
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Savannah Area Retired Officers Association records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Retired Officers Association (U.S.). Savannah Area.
Title: Savannah Area Retired Officers Association records
Dates: 1955-1971
Extent: 1.05 cubic feet (2 boxes, 1 folder)
Identification: MS 2021

Biographical/Historical Note

The Retired Officers Association has been in existence since the end of World War I. Until the 1950s, the organization was composed solely of individual members. In the 1950s, the association created more than 200 chartered affiliates to the organization (such as the Savannah Area chapter) to serve as a "grass roots" movement to promote local legislation and to create and maintain military and personal contacts. The members strived to protect the benefits and privileges of all retired officers of the U.S. military, keeping in touch with local and state political leaders of the time. The Savannah Area Retired Officers Association was founded on March 1, 1963. In the years prior, members were affiliates to the Washington, D.C. chapter.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of records documenting the activities of the Savannah Area Retired Officers Association through formal correspondence, invitations, memos, itinerary, news clippings, minutes, and photographs. Also included are the group handbook, constitution and bylaws, as well as subsequent amendments. Members of the organization made a special effort to keep in touch with affiliates across the United States. Of note are the recruitment efforts reflected in rosters, mailing lists, and assorted correspondence. The photographs in the collection were taken at the 1961 and 1963 annual meetings of the SAROA. There are partial identifications of attendees on the images. The bulk of the correspondence was sent between 1964 and 1969. Included are convention, meeting and party invitations, announcements, reservations, memos, itinerary and reports; correspondence between individuals are filed separately under "official correspondence." Topics of the letters and memos include issues such as medical care and assorted requests to lobby local government officials.

The folder containing photographs is noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Administrative records.
Retired Officers Association (U.S.). Savannah Area.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the creating organization.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Savannah Area Retired Officers Association records, MS 2021, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Deposit, 1979; gifted by the association, 2003.


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




11General correspondence, 1964-1969
2Official correspondence, 1960-1964
Vast majority of correspondence to and from Col. Albert Britt pertaining to dues, news, and personal invitations.
3Official correspondence, 1965-1966
Mostly the correspondence of Col. Robert Herbison to and from representatives, congressmen, and senior officers at Hunter Army Airfield.
4Official correspondence, 1967
Mostly the correspondence of Col. Robert Herbison to and from representatives, congressmen, and senior officers at Hunter Army Airfield.
5Official correspondence, 1968-1971
Includes material from officers DeCastro, Wischmann, and Shields.
6Minutes and itinerary of meetings



21ROA Constitution, bylaws, and amendments
2Savannah roster of members
3Recruitment rosters of nearby communities
5Press releases
including assorted news clippings and conversations with members of the media.
6Other US chapters
Includes letter from ember stating interest in affiliates across the US, and voicing an interest in attending their meetings to share information and ideas. Also has letters from members of fellow chapters as well as literature on the affiliates.
Certificate of founding, March 1, 1963; certificate of appreciation from Georgia State Department, 1964.