Roebling family papers

Roebling family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Roebling family
Title: Roebling family papers
Dates: 1930-2010
Quantity: 11.0 Linear feet 4 boxes
Coll. Number: ms4329

Biographical/Historical Note

Donald Roebling (1908-1959) was an engineer, philantropist, and inventor who created the Alligator, a tracked vehicle to be used for rescues after hurricanes in Florida. This vehicle was tested by and developed for the United States Marine Corps to be used as an amphibious assault vehicle during World War II. His great grandfather John A. Roebling designed the Brooklyn bridge and died early in the building process, and his grandfather Washington Roebling and his wife Emily oversaw and completed it. Donald Roebling built his mansion, Spottis Woode, in Clearwater, Florida in 1929, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Karl "Bucky" Roebling (1929-1009) was an author of several books on military history.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains family clippings, photographs and correspondence; materials regarding the development of Donald Roebling's amphibious vehicle, The Alligator; and W.R. Roebling's efforts to record memories and organize reunions of veterans who served in the 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps. It also contains manuscripts and research for several of Karl Roebling's military pubications.

Index Terms

AMTRACs (Amphibian tractors)
Authors, American--Manuscripts.
Family papers.
Roebling, Donald
Roebling, John Augustus, 1867-1952
Roebling, Karl
Roebling, W. R.
Tracked vehicles
United States . Marine Corps. Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 2nd.
United States. Marine Corps.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean.
World War, 1939-1945--Equipment and supplies.
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Roebling family papers, ms4329, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

The audiovisual materials related to this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archives.

Though the collection is open for research, the audiovisual recordings do not have reference copies; however, reference copies are available upon request. Audiovisual research requests are dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Family

2Clippings, photographs (copies)
3John A. Roebling
4Donald Roebling
5Reade Tilley, Mary Tilley Bessemer
6Family history - William and Gloria Bruckart
7Family history - printed material
9Spottiswoode - Rosalie Morris
10Spottiswoode - Pam, Elliott Rubinson
11Belleview Biltmore
12Morton Plant Mease Foundation
13Heritage Village - The Roeblings - Four Generations of an Illustrious Family
1DeRenne wooden wine box

2. Correspondence

114Donald Roebling from John A. Roebling (photocopies), 1918-1940
15John A. Roebling from Donald Roebling (photocopies), 1935-1939
16W.R. "Rip" Roebling - various people
17W.R. Roebling - Karl Roebling
18W.R. Roebling - Jim Cecil
19W.R. Roebling - Rick Graham
20W.R. Roebling - Col. Martin Johnson
21W.R. Roebling - Vincent Luisi, Dunedon Historical Museum
22W.R. Roebling - Meldon, David Laury
23W.R. Roebling - Roger Smith
24W.R. Roebling - Bing Swain
25W.R. Roebling - Jim Thompson
26W.R. Roebling - Mary, Bob Yeomans
27W.R. Roebling - Clifford Zink
28W.R. Roebling - Skidaway
29-322nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion Reunions, 2000-2005
212nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion Reunions, 2006
2Marine Corps Heritage Museum [missed 2007 reunion], 2007
3-42nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion Reunions, 2008-2009
52nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion Reunions - photographs, 2009
62nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion Reunions - photo album, notes
72nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion Reunions - souvenir coins, badges
8Christmas cards, 2002-2003
9Christmas cards to send, 2004

3. Writing

210W.R. Roebling - Alligator presentations
11W.R. Roebling - Donald Roebling presentation, Savannah, Georgia, 2015
12W.R. Roebling - slides from presentations
13W.R. Roebling - notes
14W.R. Roebling - Carl Wise
15-17Karl Roebling - working papers
18-19Karl Roebling - rough drafts
31Karl Roebling - drafts
2Karl Roebling - drafts, notes
3Karl Roebling - Assault Wave drafts
4Karl Roebling - Florida's Alligator-LVT in WWII
5-6Karl Roebling - Great Myths of WWII - research notes
7Karl Roebling - Great Myths of WWII - backup papers
8Jim Boring - war memoir
9Richard Roan - Roebling's Amphibian
10Richard "Buck" Sommerville - One Man's War
11Jim Thompson - Memories of WWII
12Everett "Bill" Daniel - FMC - interview, 2002
13Jim Jenkins - FMC - interview
14John Moore - memories, photographs
15Don Phillips - interview, 2002
16Mike Sanders - interview, 2002
17Leonard Wilson - notes

4. Alligator, AMTRAC

318Photographs - Test run of Alligators, McDill AFB - Carl Wise
19Photographs - First mechanics to Marine barracks, 1942
20Photographs - 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion
21Photographs, copies - Alligator, LVT
22Photographs (photocopies) - amphibious crafts
23Alligator brochure (2), 1940
24The Alligator - photo album of development
41-2The Alligator - photo album of development (scanned selections)
3-4Donald Roebling - Catalog 18 - Alligator development file (Photocopies with notes)
5USMC Amphibious Warfare School - LVT history, development, 1948-1950
6 Tarawa by Charles Gregg - photocopy selection with notes
7 Assault from the Sea by J.D. Ladd - with notes, 1976
8 Amphibious Warfare Development in Britain and America from 1920-1940 by Kenneth Clifford - photocopy with notes, 1983
9 COMPHIBPAC Operations Plan A11-45 by James Davis - photocopy
10WWII book catalog, Seapower Almanac
11WWII Books, booklets
Roebling's "Alligator" for Florida Rescues - article in Life Magazine, 1937 October 4