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Grover V. Carr Papers (MC 101)


Biographical Note

Grover Vreeland Carr was born on August 15, 1911 and died February 24, 2001.  He was a Civil Engineer and Surveyor, and was a partner in G. V. Carr and Company in Columbus, Georgia.  He was the County Surveyor of Muscogee County, Georgia beginning in 1943.  He was a member of the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Surveyors (1953-1962); member, National Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners (1953-1962); Georgia Advisory board on Space and Aeronautics (1962); and the GSPE Committee on Industrial Development (1963).  He was married to Grace Truman Ellison.

Scope and Content

This collection is divided into two series. Series 1 – Professional and Series 2 – Personal.

Series 1 – This series consists of materials relating to various aspects of Grover V. Carr's professional life.  This includes the 2,700 property surveys made by Carr and his firm, G. V. Carr and Company, Professional Engineers and Surveyors, throughout west central Georgia prepared from the 1941 through the 1988.  A large majority of the surveys are of property in Columbus and Muscogee County, Georgia.  Mr. Meyer donated surveys nos. 1 through 1,350; Mr. Carr donated surveys nos. 1,351 through 2,025; and Mrs. Brawner donated surveys nos. 2,026 through 2,700.  (There are several missing surveys.)  At the same time, they donated the cases in which the documents were filed.  There is a two volume index by name of the person who commissioned each survey for these surveys.

In addition to the index to the surveys, there is a partial card index to street names in Columbus, GA with indications for property surveys done by the Carr firm on each street.  The index covers street names Abby Drive through Melborne Drive.

Grover V. Carr also had a nearly complete set of photocopies of the original 1826 survey of Muscogee County, Georgia performed by W.P. Reid, district Surveyor, and his team of surveyors.

The remaining material in Series 1 is grouped into the following categories:

General Surveying Material, which includes such things as technical publications related to engineering, cartography, surveying, and other related subjects, as well as state requirements for surveyors in both Georgia and Alabama.

Water Related Material, which includes information on flood plains and storm water management. This includes studies, maps, and other related materials.

Transportation Related Material, which includes maps of proposed roads, river ports, and proposed joint public transportation projects for Columbus GA and Phenix City, AL.

Emergency Response Material, which includes a set of maps from the Fallout Shelter Survey by County and City done for Georgia in 1963, and other materials relating to public safety measures during the Cold War.

Series 2 – Personal Materials

This material represents Carr's involvement in civic organizations and interest in local affairs, as well as a scrapbook, a very small amount of personal correspondence and a volume of poetry written by Carr.

1930s-1980s                                                           9 boxes, (8 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Grover V. Carr Papers must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Grover V. Carr Property Surveys (MC 101)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Provenance

This material was donated to the Archives in three parts from 1993 to 2003.

Note to Researchers

See also: Women's Reading Club (MC 299)

Box and Folder/Item List

Series 1 – Surveys & Professional Materials

Box 1 – Carr & Co. Surveys (with indexes) 1-2700

     Indexes include the date of the survey, the name of the client, address/location of property, phone number, and survey number.  Index entries were made by the first letter of the client name and thereunder by date of survey.
     The survey sheets include additional information, such as the owner of the property, lot number, block number, deed book, and a drawing of the land surveys, along with adjacent roads and streets and other geographical features such as creeks, railroads and public buildings, as well as the scale of the survey, etc.  Most of the surveys are on onion-skin paper and are extremely fragile.  There are numerous missing surveys.

Folder 1 – Index to Surveys, 1940-1951

Folder 2 – Index to Surveys, 1951-1988

Folder 3 – Surveys # 1-99

Folder 4 – Surveys #100-199

Folder 5 – Surveys #200-299

Folder 6 – Surveys #300-399

Folder 7 – Surveys #400-499

Folder 8 – Surveys #500-599

Folder 9 – Surveys #600-699

Folder 10 – Surveys #700-799

Folder 11 – Surveys #800-899

Folder 12 – Surveys #900-999

Folder 13 – Surveys #1000-1099

Folder 14 – Surveys #1100-1199

Folder 15 – Surveys #1200-1299

Folder 16 – Surveys #1300-1399

Folder 17 – Surveys #1400-1499

Folder 18 – Surveys #1500-1599

Folder 19 – Surveys #1600-1699

Folder 20 – Surveys #1700-1799

Folder 21 – Surveys #1800-1899

Folder 22 – Surveys #1900-1999

Folder 23 – Surveys #2000-2099

Folder 24 – Surveys #2100-2199

Folder 25 – Surveys #2200-2299

Folder 26 – Surveys #2300-2399

Folder 27 – Surveys #2400-2499

Folder 28 – Surveys #2500-2599

Folder 29 – Surveys #2600-2650

Folder 30 – Surveys #2651-2700


Box 2A – Card File – Street Name Index

This set of 3X5 cards is an index to street names in Columbus, GA with indications for property surveys done by the Carr firm on each street.  This box covers Abby Drive through Melborne Drive.

Box 2B – Card File – Street Name Index

This set of 3X5 cards is an index to street names in Columbus, GA with indications for property surveys done by the Carr firm on each street.   This box covers Melford Drive through Zeron Court plus the numbered streets and avenues.

Box 2C – Card File – Subdivision Index

This set of 3X5 cards is an index to subdivisions in Columbus, GA with indications for property surveys done by the Carr firm on each one. The index covers Abney Heights through Zephyr Hills.

Box 2D – Card File – Land Lot Index

This set of 3X5 cards is an index survey work done, mostly in Columbus, GA. They are arranged by the land district number for Muscogee County, with some cards for work done in other counties, both in Georgia and Alabama. There are also several business cards for G.V. Carr & Company – Licensed Professional Engineers and Surveyors.

 


Box 3

Original survey of Muscogee County, Georgia (photocopies), 1826

Folder 1 – Survey of District 1 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 2 – Survey of District 2 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 3 – Survey of District 3 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 4 – Survey of District 4 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 5 – Survey of District 5 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 6 – Survey of District 6 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 7 – Survey of District 7 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 8 – Survey of District 8 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 9 – Survey of District 9 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 10 – Survey of District 10 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826
     This folder is empty.

Folder 11 – Survey of District 11 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 12 – Survey of District 12 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 13 – Survey of District 13 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 14 – Survey of District 14 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 15 – Survey of District 15 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 16 – Survey of District 16 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 17 – Survey of District 17 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 18 – Survey of District 18 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 19 – Survey of District 19 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 20 – Survey of District 20 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 21 – Survey of District 21 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 22 – Survey of District 22 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 23 – Survey of District 23 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Folder 24 – Survey of District 24 of Muscogee County, Georgia, 1826

Box 4

General Surveying Materials

     These materials include information on surveying technique and standards.  They include maps, manuals and other publications.  They arranged chronologically.

Folder 1 – Surveying as Practiced by Civil Engineers and Surveyors by John Whitelaw, Jr., London, Crosby Lockwood and Son, 1902

Folder 2 – Topographic Instructions of the U.S. Geological Survey by C.H. Birdseye, Chief Topographic Engineer, U.S. GPO, 1928

Folder 3 – Geodetic Survey of Georgia, Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1938

Folder 4 – Land Subdivision, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Manual of Engineering Practice no. 16, 1939

Folder 5 – Transverse Mercator Projection Tables – Palestine Belt, War Department ,Corps of Engineers, U.S. Lake Survey – New York Office, 1944

Folder 6 – Traverse Mercator Plane Coordinate Projection Tables – Georgia, 1954-1959

Folder 7 – 3030 Review Questions for Surveyors by Russell C. Brinker, P. E., 1959

Folder 8 – Fort Benning, Georgia Control Survey, U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, 1964

Folder 9 – Land Ownership Maps: A Checklist of Nineteenth Century U.S. County Maps in the Library of Congress, 1967

Folder 10 – An Analysis of Fundamental Subjects Pertinent to Surveyors Practicing in Georgia by Charles W. Worthy, Georgia Association of Registered Professional Land Surveyors (GARLPS), 1969

Folder 11 – Manual of Practice for Land Surveying in Alabama, Alabama Society of Land Surveyors, 1975

Folder 12 – Georgia Roster, State Board for Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, 1978

Folder 13 – Clark on Surveying and Boundaries, 5th ed., supplement by Walter G. Robillard, 1989

Triangulation/Traverse Materials

     There is an individual sheet for each location.  Folder may contain records of location, descriptions of control stations, and notes on the recovery of stations.  Please note that some of these photocopies are very faint.  In some of the photocopies the alpha-numeric location codes are not captured.

Folder 14 – National Geodetic Survey Data Availability – Explanation- Application, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Ocean Survey (Preprint), January 1973

Folder 15 – Maps with Triangulation/Traverse Control Stations, nd

Folder 16 – Traverse Control Station, Record of Location, Dept. of Transportation, Office of Surveys and Aerial Mapping, DELTA 104 & 105, January, 1974

Folder 17 – Description of Triangulation Station, Record of Location, BV 098-200 through BV 098-220, 1973-1974

Folder 18 – Description of Triangulation Station, Record of Location, BV 099-1 through BV 099-20, 1973-1974

Folder 19 – Description of Triangulation Station, Record of Location, BV 099-200 through BV 099-223, 1973-1974

Folder 20 – Traverse Control Station, Record of Location, BV 106-1 through BV 106-49, 1965-1976

Folder 21 – Description of Triangulation Station, BV 106-201 through BV 106-213 and BV 106-215 through 218, 1974

Folder 22 –Traverse Control Station, Record of Location, BV 130-1 through BV 130-6, 1967

Folder 23 – Description of Triangulation Station, BV 130-200 through BV 130-228, 1974

Folder 24 – Description of Triangulation Station, Quad #, 1973-1974
     These sheets were in a three-ring binder and are filed by the page number in the lower right corner of each sheet.  They include nos. 4-168 with several missing pages.  There is one sheet with no legible number filed at the end.

Folder 25 – Letter and various maps relating to geodetic data, 1970s-1980s

Box 5

Water Related Materials

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Columbus/Muscogee County, GA, 1985
These include panels 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115.

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Harris County, GA, 1990
These include panels 20, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 170, 175, 200, 205, 225, 250, and 275. There is also a separate sheet for Waverly Hall.

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Hurtsboro, Russell County, AL, 1982
This includes panels 1 and 2.

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Phenix City, Russell County, AL 1981
These include panels 1-8, 10-12.

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Russell County, AL 1981
These include panels 18, 50, 75, 84, 93, 100, 103, 106, 108, 111-114, 117-119, 136-138, 168, 175, 200, 206, 207, 225-227, 231-234, 242, 250, 255, 261, 262, 265, 270, 281, 282, 300, 325, 350, 375, 385, 400, 425, 450.

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Auburn, Lee County, AL 1983
These include panels 24, 38, 39, 57 (missing), 59, 75, 76, 78, 86, 87, 100.

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Opelika, Lee County, AL 1981
These include panels 12, 14, 16-18, 19, 50.

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Lee County, AL 1981
These include panels 25, 43, 44, 50, 62-64, 66, 67, 75, 100, 125, 130, 140, 175, 182, 184, 192, 194, 200, 2004, 211-213, 225, 250, 275, 280, 289, 290, 293, 295, 325, 350, 375, 377, 381.

Folder 1 – Report on Canalization of Chattahoochee River System, Chattahoochee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Columbus, Georgia, 1936

Folder 2 – Flood Control Project, Collinsville, Alabama: Specifications for Construction of Levees, Channels and Appurtenant Work, U.S. Engineer Office, Mobile Alabama, September 8, 1938

Folder 3 – Brief Advocating Canalization of Chattahoochee River (Georgia-Florida-Alabama) – Presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Chamber of commerce, J.W. Woodruff, President, to Board of Engineers Rivers and Harbors, War Department, Washington, DC (2 copies), March 1939

Folder 4 – Flood Hazard Boundary Map, Harris Co. GA, 1976

Folder 5 – Oversized Flood Insurance Maps of Columbus, GA, rev. 1977
     This map is in the oversized box at the end of the Carr collection.

Folder 6 – Special Flood Hazard Information Report – Chattahoochee River, Alabama – Georgia; West Point Dam to Walter F. George Dam by U.S. Army Engineer District, Mobile, Corps of Engineers, April, 1979

Folder 7 – Flood and storm water management information, 1983-1989
     This folder contains: Guide to Flood Insurance Rate Maps: A guide for interested citizens, community officials, lending institutions, and insurance agents, FEMA, May 1988; Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance Guidelines, FEMA, July 13, 1989: Questions and Answers on the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA, nd: Columbus, Georgia Storm Water Management Program: Floodplain Ordinance 83-7, February 12, 1983

Folder 8 – FEMA flood Insurance Rate Maps for Talbot County, GA, 1986

Box 6

Transportation Materials

     These materials relate to: roads and highways, public transportation and port developments at Columbus, Georgia.

Folder 1 – Report of Port Study – Georgia, published by the State Planning Board with the assistance of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of Georgia, O.P. No. 465-34-3-253, O.P. No. 665-34-3-127, 1939

Folder 2 – Map of the Apalachicola – Chattahoochee – Flint River System showing the location of authorized and proposed developments, prepared by the Chattahoochee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Columbus, Georgia, July 1939

Folder 3 – Georgia Highway Dept. Engineers Association, Bulletin No. 1 (2 copies), March 1961

Folder 4 – A Study of the Transit System Serving Metropolitan Columbus and its Potential: A Technical Document (Technical Report Number Ten – Mass Transit) Prepared as a Part of the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study prepared for Columbus-Muscogee County Planning Commission by Public Research and Management, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, 1967

Folder 5 – Columbus (GA) East Industrial Park – Grading and Roads Plans, 1973

Folder 6 – West Georgia Tollway Route Location Alternatives, 1973

Folder 7 – Georgia Traffic Map, 1987

Folder 8 – Columbus Storm Drainage Standards, rev. 1988

Emergency Response Materials

Folder 9 – Design of Structures to Resist Nuclear Weapons Effects prepared by the committee on Structural Dynamics of the Engineering Mechanics Division though its manual subcommittee, Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE Manuals of Engineering Practice, no. 42, 1961

Box 7

Folder 1 – Contract Documents for Construction of Columbus, Georgia Barge Terminal, Georgia Ports Authority, Owner, April, 1962

Folder 2 – Plans and Surveys for the Columbus, Georgia Barge Terminal, 1961

Folder 3 – Plans and Surveys for the Columbus, Georgia Barge Terminal, 1962

Folder 4 – Plans and Surveys for the Columbus, Georgia Barge Terminal, 1963

Fallout Shelter Survey by County and City 1963

At the time of transfer, there was a metal rack that had spaces for 60 tubes, of which 58 had cardboard tubes.  The contents of the tube were removed and placed in drawers. Contents:

Tube 1 – Area 3A
Tube 2 – Newnan, GA
Tube 3 – Bibb City, GA
Tubes 4-7 Empty
Tube 8 – Meriwether County – including individual maps of Luthersville, Greenville, Primrose, Gay, Odessadale, Lone Oak, St Marks, Alvaton, Rocky Mount, Claybeate Springs, White Sulphur Springs, Durand, and the city of Manchester.
Tube 9 – Warm Springs and Woodbury
Tube 10 – Schedule for Fallout Shelter survey by country and city, 1963
Tubes 11-17 – Empty
Tube 18 – Appendix A Index Sheets
Tube 19-20 – Empty
Tube 21 – Butts County-- including a individual map of Flovilla
Tube 22 – Carroll County-- including an individual map of Carrollton
Tube 23 – Newnan, GA
Tube 24 – Dooly County-- including an individual map of Unadilla
Tube 25 – Harris County-- including individual maps of Shiloh, Hamilton, and Waverly Hall
Tube 26 – Heard County-- including an individual map of Franklin
Tube 27 – Lamar County-- including an individual map of Barnesville
Tube 28 – Macon County-- including individual maps of Montezuma, Marshallville, Ideal
Tube 29 – Meriwether County
Tube 30 – Monroe County-- including an individual map of Forsyth
Tube 31 – Pike County
Tube 32 – Spalding County-- including an individual map of Griffin
Tube 33 – Sumter County-- including an individual map of Americus
Tube 34 – Talbot County
Tube 35 – Taylor County
Tube 36 – Empty
Tube 37 – Thomaston, GA
Tubes 38-40 – Empty
Tube 41 – Butts County
Tube 42 – Carroll County-- including an individual map of Carrollton
Tube 43 – Same as above (Contents are Damaged)
Tube 44 – Dooly County-- including individual maps of Pinehurst, Lilly, Byromville, Unadilla, and Vienna.
Tube 45 – Harris County-- including individual maps of Shiloh, Waverly Hall, Hamilton, and Pine Mountain
Tube 46 -- Herald County-- including individual maps of Franklin, and Centralhatchee
Tube 47 – Lamar County
Tube 48 – Macon County-- including individual maps of Oglethorpe, Montezuma, Marshallville, and Ideal
Tube 49 – Columbus City Map 1960
Tube 50 – Culloden, GA
Tube 51 – Pike County-- including individual maps of Concord, Molena, and Zebulon
Tube 52 – Spalding County
Tube 53 – Sumter County-- including individual maps of Americus, DeSoto, Plains, and Leslie
Tube 54 – Talbot County-- including individual maps of Woodland, Geneva, and Talbotton
Tube 55 – Taylor County-- including a individual map of Butler
Tube 56 – Troup County-- including a individual map of La Grange
Tube 57 – Thomaston, GA
Tube 58 – Empty

Series 2 – Personal Papers

Box 1

Folder 1 – Packing Removed from a Compass Ball Joint Connection Used in Surveying, one newspaper is dated 1847

Folder 2 – Telegraphic Cypher, Southard & Co., Timer and Lumber, New York, 1880

Folder 3 – Class paper for Experimental Engineering 41, Hydraulics Lab, February 16, year not given but probably the 1930s

Folder 4 – Primitive Baptist Church Manual and Rules of Decorum (mimeographed sheets), nd

Folder 5 –Photo of the Peabody-Warner House (built 1830s-1840s) in Columbus, Georgia, nd

Folder 6 – List of the Charter Members of the Sons of the American Legion, Post # 35, Department of Georgia, Squadron of Charles S. Harrison, Organized in 1937

Folder 7 – Copy of a Speech Given by Latimer Watson to the Columbus Women's Reading Club, February 1938

Folder 8 – Photographs of Captain David Garrison and his wife, the former Benning Burgard, 1950s and 1960s

Folder 9 – Civitan, January-December, 1960

Folder 10 – Our Town newspaper article by W. C. Woodall about Reich's Villa and Garden, September 26, 1965

Folder 11 – Letter from Carr to Ric, regarding an accident that Ric has suffered, March 22, 1975

Folder 12 – Some Original Poems Dedicated to the Memory of Mary McClellan Carr (December 2, 1882-December 22, 1968), by Grover Vreeland Carr, 1975-1977

Oversized Box

Item 1 – Swift Manufacturing Company, Columbus, Georgia: Record Machinery Plans, March 1943
     This bound volume has a note dated April 14, 1943 glued to the inside cover. The note says:
Special Office Copy to be kept in Vault as permanent record for use in general office. The volume contains the following 17 sheets:

Sheet 0 – Plot Plan

Sheet 1 – Mill #1 – 1st Floor, Paper Dept.

Sheet 2 – Mill #1 – 2nd Floor, Roving

Sheet 3 – Mill #1 – 3rd Floor, Filling, Spinning

Sheet 4 – Mill #1 – 4th Floor, Twister Room

Sheet 5 – Mill #2 – 1st Floor, Picking & Carding

Sheet 6 – Mill #2 – 2nd Floor, Carding

Sheet 7 – Mill #2 – 3rd Floor, Warp Spinning

Sheet 8 – Mill #2 – 4th Floor, Warp Dressing

Sheet 9 – Weave Shed-1st Fl. #1 & #3 Weaving

Sheet 10 – Weave Shed-2nd Fl. #2 Weaving

Sheet 11 – Finishing Bldg. 1st-Fl. Boiler House and Shop

Sheet 12 – Finishing Bldg. 2nd-Fl. Packing and Shipping

Sheet 13 – Finishing Bldg. 3rd-fl. Finishing Room

Sheet 14 – Dye House and Waste House

Sheet 15 – Opener Room and Utility Plant

Sheet 16 – Warehouses

Item 2 – Album of Newspaper clippings from Columbus Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama area, mostly from the 1870s through the 1900s.

In addition to the above described boxed material, two volumes of Sanborn Maps were donated, covering Columbus, Georgia and suburbs, 1921-1953.  They are available in the Archives Research Room.

The Industrial Index is also available in the Archives Research Room.

The Real Estate Map of Columbus, Georgia (5' X 10' on a frame roller), 1941 is also available in the Archives Research Room.