Order of Railway Conductors Home (Savannah, GA) Papers

Collection Number: 6260m

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library

This collection was processed with the help of generous funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Order of Railway Conductors Home (Savannah, GA) Papers, 1930-2008
Collection Number:
6260m
Creator:
Order of Railway Conductors (ORC)
Quantity:
1 file folder.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Information on the historic building on Oatland Island, Savannah, Georgia that housed the retirement home for members of the Order of Railway Conductors from 1927 to 1940 and records that document applying to live in the retirement home.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen (ORC & B) was founded in 1868 as an order of railroad conductors and later expanded to include brakemen.
The Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen was founded by T.J. "Tommie" Wright in 1868 in Amboy, Ill. as the Conductors Union. The name was changed to Order of Railway Conductors of America (ORC) in 1878. In 1942, the Order of Sleeping Car Conductors merged with ORC. The union's name was changed in 1954 to the Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen. In 1969, the Order merged with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and Switchmen's Union of North America to form the United Transportation Union.
In 1927, the ORC opened a retirement home for its "aging and infirm" members on Oatland island, located five miles from Savannah, Georgia. The facility stopped being used by the ORC in 1940. At the time of this writing, it houses the Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Inclusive date range: 1930 - 2008
Bulk dates: 1930, 2008
This collection is comprised of documents about the retirement home for the Order of Railway Conductors. There are two print-outs from websites which contain brief historical sketches of the Outland Island building that housed the retirement home from 1927 - 1940. The pages were printed in June 2008.The collection also contains photocopies of John H. Strickland's application to the retirement home and notice of his acceptantance into the ORC home in 1930.
PROCESSING INFORMATION:

Application to and Acceptance of Application to ORC Home documents are photocopies of original documents.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Order of Railway Conductors of America

Subjects:
Oatland Island (Ga.) -- History

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)


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Cite As:
Order of Railway Conductors Home (Savannah, GA) Papers #6260m. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

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CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1930-2008
Box 1 Folder 1 2008
Format: Publication
Print-out of a webpage (www.lorismaltz.com/oatland.html) that is no longer active, which contains a brief history of the site as well as photographs of the building.
Format: Publication.
Box 1 Folder 1 2008
Format: Publication
Print-out of Oatland Island Wildlife Center's website (www.sccpss.com/Schools/Other+Educational+Centers/Oatland+Island+Institute) that has since been reformatted, which discusses the history of the site where the Center is currently located.
Format: Publication.
Box 1 Folder 1 1930
Format: Text
(photocopy of original document)
Format: Text.
Box 1 Folder 1 1930
Format: Text
(photocopy of original document)
Format: Text.