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Sanford Head Papers

Sanford Head Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sanford Head Papers
Creator: Head, Sanford B., 1919-1999
Inclusive Dates: 1912-1991
Bulk Dates: 1941-1947
Language(s): English
Extent: 9.1 Linear Feet 7 boxes, 1 oversized box, 1 oversize folder
Collection Number: ms3008
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Sandford "Sandy" B. Head (1919-1999) was born in Stockbridge, Massachussetts. He attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where Stephen Sondheim was one of his classmates. Sandy Head served in the China-Burma-Indian theater during World War II as a 1st Lt. in I Company, 3rd Battalion 5307th/475th Infantry, U.S. Army. He was in charge of an African American unit in Burma whose job was to set up portable showers in advance of the combat soldiers' arrival. The equipment was hauled in on mules. He was one of the replacement units that joined the Composite Unit 5307th Provisional (Merrill's Mauraders), for the Battle for the town of Myitkyina, Burma at the end of May, 1944, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. Sandy Head was a Georgia sales representative for Wilen Professional Cleaning products, a janitorial/cleaning wholesaler. He purchased the property at 3047 Head Acres, Atlanta Highway (where the Target shopping center is currently), moving into an old cabin that was on the property and eventually expanding and renovating it to serve as his home, where he lived until his death in July 1999. He was an early advocate of opera in Athens, supported community theatre groups through volunteer work, and was an active participant and coordinator for the Georgia Unit of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs and photo albums that range in dates from 1959 through 1998. Also included are guest books from Head Acres and World War II correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sanford Head papers, ms3008, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

Related collections held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection: Sandford Head home movies.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Guest books -- Georgia.
Head, Sanford B., 1919-1999 -- Correspondence
Head, Sanford B., 1919-1999 -- Friends and associates
Head, Sanford B., 1919-1999 -- Photographs
Soldiers -- United States.
United States. Army. Composite Unit (Provisional), 5307th
Visitors' books.
Wilen (Firm) -- Employees
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Burma.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. College, 1912-1946 (1937-1941)

11Plays and Musicals written by/directed by Head, 1937-1940
12Plays by others; School Newspaper and Calender; Misc. Comics; Boy Scouts Certigicate; Letter, 1912-1941
13Diplomas, 1938-1945
14College Reunion, 1946

2. Professional Records and Post-War Books

15Pictures, 1960-1964
16Brown Company, 1970-1976
17Brown Company Resignation, 1972-1979
18Trip to England, 1969-1974
19(Book) The Best from Yank: The Army Weekly, 1st. Edition. By: Franklin S. Forsberg, 1945
110(Book) Wrath in Burma, 1st Edition by Fred Eldridge (Book) Shavetails & Bell Sharps by Emmett Essin, 1946, 1947
111(Book) The Legacy of Merrill's Marauders by Merrill's Marauders Association, Limited Edition 1/1000, 1987
112(Book) World War II in Cartoons by Mark Bryant, 1989
113(Book) The Barrel-Land Dance Hall Rangers, 1st Edition by Andres Kjar Ambal, 1993
114(Book) Secret War in Burma by James Fletcher, 1997

3. World War II, 1941-1947

21Flash Newspapers, Training at Fort Riley, Story, and Services Awards, and Story Book, 1941-1945
22War Records, 1943-1947
23Pictures and Lists of Members of Infantry, Platoon, and Company, 1944
24Original Pieces, Original Story, and Most Revised, 1945
25Copies of Story
26Letters to Family (Pt. 1), 1941-1943
27Letters to Family (Pt. 2), 1943-1945
28Pictures, Newspaper, and Burma Journal, 1944-1945
29Maps of Burma and Tonkwa, 1943-1944
210Mars Task Force Map and Miscellaneous Items, 1943-1945
211Items/Pictures from China, 1945-1946
212Pictures from Burma, 1943-1945
1Map of Bhurma

4. Post-War, Reunion, and Organization Activities

213475th Infantry Association and Mars Task Force, 1941-1950
214475th Infantry Association Members, 1944-1947
215Pictures and Infantry Journal, 1949-1950
216India Burma Booklet, Merrill's Marauders Book, and an Exam Booklet, 1945-1978
217C.B.I. Roundup Booklets, 1952-1954
218475th Infantry Association and Merrill's Marauders Association, 1946-1998
31Plaque for Merrill's Marauders
32The Burma News, 1984-1992
33The Burma News, 1992-1999
34Head's Reflections on WWII and Stilwell Road Sotry of the Ledo Lifeline, 1985
35Article from Richard Hale, WWII in Burma: The Mars Task Force, 1996
36Cards, Letters, and Pictures of Infantry, 1989-1996
37C.B.I. Items, 1978-1998
38Merrill's Marauders Association Directory, 1986-1998
39Marauders Letters, History, 1985-1999
310Merrill's Marauders 1995 Reunion, 1995
311Merrill's Marauders 1996 Reunion, 1996-1997
312Merrill's Marauders 1997 Reunion, 1996-1998
313Misc. Items about the 475th Infantry, 1989-1997
314Pictures of Reunions and Cassette, 1988-1995

5. Headacres

315Guestbook from Headacres, 1959-1971
316Guestbook from Headacres, 1971-1973
317Guestbook from Headacres, 1973-1977
318Guestbook from Headacres, 1977-1982
319Guestbook from Headacres, 1982-1992
320Guestbook from Headacres, 1992-1994
321Guestbook from Headacres, 1994-1997
322Guestbook from Headacres, 1997-1999
41Photo Album of Headacres, 1959
42Photo Album of Headacres, 1964
43Photo Album of Headacres, 1970
44Photo Album of Headacres, 1973-1975
45Photo Album of Headacres, 1974
46Photo Album of Headacres, 1976-1977
47Photo Album of Headacres, 1978
48Photo Album of Headacres, 1978
1Photo Album of Headacres, 1979-1981
51(Pictures) Headacres 1982, 1982
52(Pictures) Headacres 1983, 1983
53(Pictures) Headacres 1984 (Pt. 1), 1984
54(Pictures) Headacres 1984 (Pt. 2), 1984
55(Pictures) Headacres 1985 (Pt. 1), 1985
56(Pictures) Headacres 1985 (Pt. 2), 1985
57(Pictures) Headacres 1986, 1986
58(Pictures) Headacres 1987, 1987
59(Pictures) 30th Reunion/July 4th/Jim Edwards Wedding to Lisa, 1984
510(Pictures) Headacres 1988 (Pt. 1), 1988
511(Pictures) Headacres 1988 (Pt. 2), 1988
512(Pictures) Headacres 1989 (Pt. 1), 1989
513(Pictures) Headacres 1989 (Pt. 2), 1989
514(Pictures) 35th Reunion (1989), 1989
61(Pictures) Headacres 1990, 1990
62(Pictures) Headacres 1991 (Pt. 1), 1991
63(Pictures) Headacres 1991 (Pt. 2), 1991
64(Pictures) Headacres 1992 (Pt. 1), 1992
65(Pictures) Headacres 1992 (Pt. 2) and 50th College Reunion, 1992
66(Pictures) Headacres 1992 (Pt. 3), 1992
67(Pictures) Headacres 1992 (Pt. 4), 1992
68(Pictures) Headacres 1993 (Pt. 1), 1993
69(Pictures) Headacres 1993 (Pt. 2), 1993
610(Pictures) Headacres 1994 (Pt. 1), 1994
611(Pictures) Headacres 1994 (Pt. 2), 1994
71(Pictures) Headacres 1995 (Pt. 1), 1995
72(Pictures) Headacres 1995 (Pt. 2), 1995
73(Pictures) Weddings 1996, 1996
74(Pictures) Headacres 1996, 1996
75(Pictures) Headacres 1997 (Pt. 1), 1997
76(Pictures) Headacres 1997 (Pt. 2), 1997
77(Pictures) Headacres 1998 (Pt. 1), 1998
78(Pictures) Headacres 1998 (Pt. 2), 1998
79Video Tapes
1Maps and plats of Headacres (and possibly Athens locations), approx. 20
1Maps of Athens, GA and other southern locations, approx. 10
1CAerial maps (2) of unidentified Southern location pointing to location of illegal still and hideout