Hadley B. Cammack papers
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Hadley B. Cammack papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cammack, Hadley B., 1898-1986
Title: Hadley B. Cammack papers
Dates: 1917-1985
Extent: (3 boxes, 1 OS folder) 1.5 Cubic feet
Identification: MS 2442

Biographical/Historical Note

Hadley Baston Cammack (1898-1986) was born in Greencastle, Indiana on May 3, 1898 to Adeline Katherine (Buston) Cammack and James Orville Cammack. He graduated high school in 1916 and attended college for one year at DePauw University, leaving to enter the United States Army for wartime service. He served with the 64th Heavy Artillery as a corporal during a year in France. Cammack later resumed college at Purdue University. While attending school, he was on the gymnastics team for three years, and served as captain 1921-1922. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1923. Cammack was employed by Chicago Surface Lines on June 15, 1923, where he designed Coordinated Traffic Control System for Chicago's Loop District.

On September 6, 1927, he married Pauline Dicksen of Chicago and they had three children. He took a position with Houston Electric Company in March 1928 as Superintendent of Traffic. On January 1, 1946 he moved to Savannah, and with three other men, purchased the transit operations of the Savannah Electric and Power Company. They began operating under separate management as Savannah Transit Company. There Cammack was part-owner, Vice President, and General Manager; he retired in January 1972.

In Savannah, he served as Chairman of the American Red Cross chapter in 1948 and 1949. He established the Red Cross Regional Blood Center in 1949, the third in the United States, for which he received a Lucas Trophy. In 1955 he organized the Better Business Bureau of Savannah and served as its president from 1955 until 1960. His wife died in 1969 and he later married Lucille Morgan of Savannah. Mr. Cammack died in 1986 at 88 years of age.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal letters with family members; photographs of Cammack and his sister in chronological order as they were growing up; correspondence, photos, and articles related to Cammack's work experiences as an Electrical Engineer working traffic control in Chicago, Houston, and Savannah, specifically photographs of The Savannah Transit Company and its employees; items and memorabilia related to Cammack's many contributions to the Savannah area including his work and accomplishments with the local American Red Cross Chapter; items and memorabilia from his college experiences at Purdue University; materials related to his service in the U.S. Army and World War I. The photographs included this collection are on pages that were a part of an album. For preservation purposes, the pages were removed from the album with original order retained.

Index Terms

American Red Cross. Blood Services.
American Red Cross. Savannah Chapter (Savannah, GA.)
Cammack family.
Cammack, Hadley B., 1898-1986.
Letters (correspondence)
The Savannah Transit Company.
United States. Army--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
World War, 1939-1945--Photography.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were acquired from the creator's family.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Hadley B. Cammack papers , MS 2442, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Audrey C. Campbell, 2012.


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.

Container List




9 album pages and 1 loose photograph
9 album pages and 1 loose photograph
9 album pages
22 album pages
19 album pages
6Hadley B. Cammack biography
8Savannah Transit Company photographs



21Photographs, 1950-1971
This folder contains general photographs and letters from friends of Hadley B. Cammack congratulating him on receipt of the Lucas Award from the city of Savannah, Georgia.
2Hadley B. Cammack autobiography, 1898-1928
3Correspondence, 1920-1929
4Correspondence, 1930-1939
5Correspondence, 1936-1937
Adeline Baston Cammack and James Orville Cammack to Hadley B. Cammack.
6Correspondence, 1946-1949
7Correspondence, 1940, 1947-1948
8Correspondence, 1946-1949
9Correspondence, 1950-1959
10Correspondence, 1960-1969
11Correspondence, 1970-1979
12Correspondence, 1980, 1983
13Memos and publications about the death of Hadley B. Cammack
14Materials regarding James O. Cammack's photography studio in Greencastle, Indiana
15Correspondence from Evan McIraith
16Correspondence from Evan McIraith, 1948-1972
17Correspondence from Evan McIraith, 1975-1978
18Correspondence from Eleanore Cammack, 1984-1985
19Correspondence from Eleanore Cammack, 1974-1982
20Correspondence from Eleanore Cammack, 1985.
21Savannah Transit Company material
22Newspaper clippings about Cammack family members
23World War I discharge papers, photographs, sheet of veterans postage stamps
24Club programs
25Miscellaneous, 1926-1927
This folder contains a copyright registration for a traffic signal system, article and marriage certificate related to the Dicksen-Cammack wedding, and a map drawn by H.B. Cammack.
26Houston materials
27American Red Cross volunteerism in Savannah
28Photographs of Hadley B. Cammack



31Awards and certificates
2Hadley B. Cammack artwork
3Hadley B. Cammack - biography of Hans Nagel
4James Cammack letters to the editor
5Savannah Morning News article about American Red Cross Blood Bank
6Houston scrapbook pages
7Purdue scrapbook pages
8Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity material, theses, graduation items
"The Debris", 1923
Purdue University yearbook


1Hadley B. Cammack photograph