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Historic Columbus Foundation (MC 17)

 

Organizational History

The Historic Columbus Foundation (HCF) was formed in 1966, spurred by successful efforts to save the Springer Opera House from demolition.  It began with 70 members, and ownership of the Walker-Peters-Langdon house, the oldest house in Columbus, then valued at $15,000.  Operating and administrative expenses were obtained from its membership dues.  A revolving-redevelopment fund was created through contributions and three main fund-raising events, the Heritage Ball, the Salisbury Fair and Historic Tour and the annual membership party.  This fund was used to purchase and/or restore properties for resale.  The organization successfully restored the Walker-Peters-Langdon house for use as a house museum and the first headquarters of the Foundation.

In 1966 the Junior League of Columbus made a $5,000 grant for Dr. Carl Feiss, a nationally-known architectural historian, to conduct a survey of historic structures in Columbus.  During 1967 Dr. Feiss surveyed over 400 buildings and ranked them by architectural and historical significance.  Based on these surveys, the Foundation convinced the Columbus Housing Authority to become involved in the establishment of the Southwest Columbus Urban Renewal Project, which included a Historic District.  Once the district had been established, it was nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and registered on July 30, 1969.  Other preservation projects that have built on the earlier successes of the Foundation's work include the Chattahoochee Promenade (which has since become the River Walk), the repurposing of the Columbus Iron Works (purchased by the city in 1976 and developed into a convention center and hotel complex), and the Rankin Square Corporation, which saved and restored the Rankin Hotel and adjacent buildings.

Scope and Contents Note

The collection contains material collected by the HCF in the process of restoring various structures, as well as publications and other items produced by the Foundation.  It was donated to the Archives in 1977.  There are 18 original deeds and mortgages, 9 items relating to Abe Feinberg or his family, brochures, clippings, etc. about HCF or its properties.  Also included are Dr. John Lupold's notes on an article for the Georgia Historical Quarterly on the history of the HCF as well as other preservation matters relating to Columbus, Georgia.

1840-2019                                                      2 boxes

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Historic Columbus Foundation Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Historic Columbus Foundation Collection, MC 17
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Provenance

This collection was transferred to the Columbus State University Archives in 1979.

Notes to Researchers

Materials relating to the Joseph Family (photos, postcards, property records, etc., were transferred from this collection to the Joseph Family Collection, MC 26 or to the Photograph Collection.

See also:

Springer Opera House Vertical file

MC 14 – Historic American Engineering Record

MC 48 – Garrett Family Papers

MC 73 – Edith Kyle Crawford Collection

MC 78 – Merryll S. Penson Papers

MC 86 – F. Clason Kyle Collection

MC 338 – Mary Margaret Byrne Papers

Box and Folder/Item List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Annual Fund Drive, 2005

Folder 2 – Annual meetings, 1987-1989

Folder 3 – Annual meetings, 1990-1999

Folder 4 – Annual Meetings, 2000-2003

Folder 5 – Board of Director's Meetings

Folder 6 – Columbus Georgia Heritage Tour brochures

Folder 7 – Currents periodical published by Historic Columbus

Folder 8 – Endangered 2nd Ave. Houses

Folder 9 – Events sponsored by HCF

Folder 10 – Executive Committee Meetings

Folder 11 – Fifty-first Annual Meeting, Oct. 24, 2017

Folder 12 – 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee, Nov. 15, 2016 featuring Tom Brokaw

Folder 13 – Financial Records

Folder 14 – Goldens' Foundry, Swift Manufacturing. Architectural surveys

Folder 15 – Heritage Ball sites, 1968-1984, 1995 and invitations to the ball

Folder 16 – Historic Columbus Building Inventory, 1995

Folder 17 – Historic Columbus Event mailings

Folder 18 – Historic Columbus Foundation's 40th anniversary, 2006

Folder 19 – Historic Columbus Foundation miscellaneous

Folder 20 – Historic Columbus Foundation: A Brief Summary of its Activities from Oct of 1986 to May 1993, and 1986-1997

Folder 21 – Historic Columbus Foundation, 1966-1986 & Historic Columbus Foundation, 1966-1978

Folder 22 – Historic Preservation in Columbus, Ga, 1976

Folder 23 – Historic properties

Folder 24 – John Lupold's notes on Columbus history

Folder 25 – Junior League of Columbus and origin of Historic Columbus Foundation

Folder 26 – Membership brochures/information

Folder 27 – Press releases

Folder 28 – Newsletters, v. 1-v.3, 1970-1973

Folder 29 – Newsletters, v.4-5, 1973-1975

Folder 30 – Newsletters, v. 6-7, 1975-1977

Folder 31 – Newsletters, v.8-9, 1977-1978

Folder 32 – Newsletters, v. 12-13, 1981-1982

Folder 33 – Newsletters, v. 14-15, 1982-1984

Folder 34 – Newsletters, v. 16-17, 1985-1986

Folder 35 – Newsletters, v. 18-19, 1987-1988

Folder 36 – Newsletters, v.20-21, 1990

Folder 37 – Newsletters, v. 22-23, 1991-1992

Folder 38 – Newsletters, v. 24-25, 1993-1994

Folder 39 – Newsletters, v. 26-27, 1995-1996

Folder 40 – Newsletters, v. 28-29, 1997-1998

Folder 41 – Newsletters, v. 30-31, 1999-2001

Folder 42 – Newsletters, v. 32-33, 2001-2002

Folder 43 – Newsletters, v. 34-35, 2003

Folder 44 – Newsletters, v. 36-37, 2004-2005

Folder 45 – Newsletter, v. 38, 2005

Folder 46 – Pemberton poster, 1866

Folder 47 – Postcards and Christmas cards

Folder 48 – Poster; Columbus Georgia; Urban Design in an historical setting

Folder 49 – "Report on the condition of Historic Markers in Columbus", compiled by Charles E. Merkel, Jr.

Folder 50 – Rollin' on the River, Nov, 11, n.d.

Folder 51 – Seventh Street Project

Folder 52 – Souvenir of the Harden Home

Folder 53 – Street map of Columbus, 1928 (repro)

Box 2

Folder 1 – Columbus Historic District Preservation Society, oversize

Folder 2 – Deeds related to Lot # 310\

Folder 3 – Feinberg Family documents

Folder 4 – Newsletters 1976-1978

Folder 5 – Property deeds to Lot # 260

Folder 6 – Sheet music from 1899 to World War I, donated by Mrs. Jefferson D. Box