Sanford Head Papers

Sanford Head Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Head, Sanford B., 1919-1999
Title: Sanford Head Papers
Dates: Bulk, 1941-1947
Dates: 1912-1991
Quantity: 9.1 Linear feet 7 boxes, 1 oversized box, 1 oversize folder
Coll. Number: ms3008

Biographical/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 Note

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.

Index 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.

General Notes

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

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. College, Bulk, 1937-1941, 1912-1946

11Plays and Musicals written by/directed by Head, 1937-1940
2Plays by others; School Newspaper and Calender; Misc. Comics; Boy Scouts Certigicate; Letter, 1912-1941
3Diplomas, 1938-1945
4College Reunion, 1946

2. Professional Records and Post-War Books

15Pictures, 1960-1964
6Brown Company, 1970-1976
7Brown Company Resignation, 1972-1979
8Trip to England, 1969-1974
9(Book) The Best from Yank: The Army Weekly, 1st. Edition. By: Franklin S. Forsberg, 1945
10(Book) Wrath in Burma, 1st Edition by Fred Eldridge (Book) Shavetails & Bell Sharps by Emmett Essin, 1946, 1947
11(Book) The Legacy of Merrill's Marauders by Merrill's Marauders Association, Limited Edition 1/1000, 1987
12(Book) World War II in Cartoons by Mark Bryant, 1989
13(Book) The Barrel-Land Dance Hall Rangers, 1st Edition by Andres Kjar Ambal, 1993
14(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
2War Records, 1943-1947
3Pictures and Lists of Members of Infantry, Platoon, and Company, 1944
4Original Pieces, Original Story, and Most Revised, 1945
5Copies of Story
6Letters to Family (Pt. 1), 1941-1943
7Letters to Family (Pt. 2), 1943-1945
8Pictures, Newspaper, and Burma Journal, 1944-1945
9Maps of Burma and Tonkwa, 1943-1944
10Mars Task Force Map and Miscellaneous Items, 1943-1945
11Items/Pictures from China, 1945-1946
12Pictures from Burma, 1943-1945
OS Box
1Map of Bhurma

4. Post-War, Reunion, and Organization Activities

213475th Infantry Association and Mars Task Force, 1941-1950
14475th Infantry Association Members, 1944-1947
15Pictures and Infantry Journal, 1949-1950
16India Burma Booklet, Merrill's Marauders Book, and an Exam Booklet, 1945-1978
17C.B.I. Roundup Booklets, 1952-1954
18475th Infantry Association and Merrill's Marauders Association, 1946-1998
31Plaque for Merrill's Marauders
2The Burma News, 1984-1992
3The Burma News, 1992-1999
4Head's Reflections on WWII and Stilwell Road Sotry of the Ledo Lifeline, 1985
5Article from Richard Hale, WWII in Burma: The Mars Task Force, 1996
6Cards, Letters, and Pictures of Infantry, 1989-1996
7C.B.I. Items, 1978-1998
8Merrill's Marauders Association Directory, 1986-1998
9Marauders Letters, History, 1985-1999
10Merrill's Marauders 1995 Reunion, 1995
11Merrill's Marauders 1996 Reunion, 1996-1997
12Merrill's Marauders 1997 Reunion, 1996-1998
13Misc. Items about the 475th Infantry, 1989-1997
14Pictures of Reunions and Cassette, 1988-1995

5. Headacres

315Guestbook from Headacres, 1959-1971
16Guestbook from Headacres, 1971-1973
17Guestbook from Headacres, 1973-1977
18Guestbook from Headacres, 1977-1982
19Guestbook from Headacres, 1982-1992
20Guestbook from Headacres, 1992-1994
21Guestbook from Headacres, 1994-1997
22Guestbook from Headacres, 1997-1999
41Photo Album of Headacres, 1959
2Photo Album of Headacres, 1964
3Photo Album of Headacres, 1970
4Photo Album of Headacres, 1973-1975
5Photo Album of Headacres, 1974
6Photo Album of Headacres, 1976-1977
7Photo Album of Headacres, 1978
8Photo Album of Headacres, 1978
OS Box
1Photo Album of Headacres, 1979-1981
51(Pictures) Headacres 1982, 1982
2(Pictures) Headacres 1983, 1983
3(Pictures) Headacres 1984 (Pt. 1), 1984
4(Pictures) Headacres 1984 (Pt. 2), 1984
5(Pictures) Headacres 1985 (Pt. 1), 1985
6(Pictures) Headacres 1985 (Pt. 2), 1985
7(Pictures) Headacres 1986, 1986
8(Pictures) Headacres 1987, 1987
9(Pictures) 30th Reunion/July 4th/Jim Edwards Wedding to Lisa, 1984
10(Pictures) Headacres 1988 (Pt. 1), 1988
11(Pictures) Headacres 1988 (Pt. 2), 1988
12(Pictures) Headacres 1989 (Pt. 1), 1989
13(Pictures) Headacres 1989 (Pt. 2), 1989
14(Pictures) 35th Reunion (1989), 1989
61(Pictures) Headacres 1990, 1990
2(Pictures) Headacres 1991 (Pt. 1), 1991
3(Pictures) Headacres 1991 (Pt. 2), 1991
4(Pictures) Headacres 1992 (Pt. 1), 1992
5(Pictures) Headacres 1992 (Pt. 2) and 50th College Reunion, 1992
6(Pictures) Headacres 1992 (Pt. 3), 1992
7(Pictures) Headacres 1992 (Pt. 4), 1992
8(Pictures) Headacres 1993 (Pt. 1), 1993
9(Pictures) Headacres 1993 (Pt. 2), 1993
10(Pictures) Headacres 1994 (Pt. 1), 1994
11(Pictures) Headacres 1994 (Pt. 2), 1994
71(Pictures) Headacres 1995 (Pt. 1), 1995
2(Pictures) Headacres 1995 (Pt. 2), 1995
3(Pictures) Weddings 1996, 1996
4(Pictures) Headacres 1996, 1996
5(Pictures) Headacres 1997 (Pt. 1), 1997
6(Pictures) Headacres 1997 (Pt. 2), 1997
7(Pictures) Headacres 1998 (Pt. 1), 1998
8(Pictures) Headacres 1998 (Pt. 2), 1998
9Video Tapes
OS Box
1Maps and plats of Headacres (and possibly Athens locations), approx. 20
Maps of Athens, GA and other southern locations, approx. 10
OS Folder
1CAerial maps (2) of unidentified Southern location pointing to location of illegal still and hideout