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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 inColumbusand 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 inColumbus. 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 toColumbus,Georgia.

1840-1977 1 box (1 l.f.)

Note 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.

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


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

Box List


Item 1 – Underwood & Underwood Stereopticon. 1901.

Item 2 – Historic Preservation in Columbus, Georgia. 1976. Also available in the archives reference collection under call number F294.C7 H50.

Item 3 – Souvenir of the Harden Home by Evelyn Harden Jackson(1848-1928). Printed in Athens, Georgia by W. J. Gardner. 1918.

Item 4 – Update on HCF activities, page 26 of Brown's Guide to Georgia, vol. 5, January-February, 1977. (Available in the Archives Research Room in the bound copy of Brown's Guide to Georgia.)

Item 5 – An insider's tour of Columbus, Georgia's best-kept secret, by Bill Cutler. Published in Brown's Guide to Georgia, vol. 5, March-April, 1977. (Available in the Archives Research Room in the bound copy of Brown's Guide to Georgia.)

Item 6 – Scrapbook of Mary Augusta Strupper, who married Charles James Meredith, formerly of Winchester, Virginia and manager of the Armour Company. There are numerous newspaper clippings, telegrams, etc. relating to their marriage in the First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Georgia on November 3, 1897, as well as other society page clippings relating to friends and relatives. The scrapbook is in extremely fragile condition. 1895-1898.

Item 7 – Miscellaneous items – Papers, sheet music given by Mrs. Jeff D. Box. These include the following sheet music and songs:

“Absent” by John W. Metcalf, 1899

“Always” by Eugene Kaeuffer, 1906

“For I Love You So” by Franz Lehar (printed in the Athens Banner, 11-21-1909).

“In the Dells of OldWisconsin” by Franklin K. Root, 1904

“K-K-K-Katy” by Geoffrey O'Hara, 1918

“Love (Kitty)” by A. Baldwin Sloan, 1903

“My Rosary” by Charles Bishop, 1901

“Pick a Little Four Leaf Clover, and Send it Over to Me” by Abe Olman, 1918

“Only One Face in Dreamland” by L. Z. Phillips, 1912

“Silver Threads among the Gold” by H. P. Danks, 1901

“The Rosary (Sing Me the Rosary)” by F. Henrie Klickmann, 1913

“That Old Girl of Mine” by Egbert van Alstyne, 1912

“Till the Sands of the Desert Grow Cold” by Ernest R. Ball, 1911

“Trusting” by Thurlow Lieurance, 1908

“Way Back Home inAmerica” by Laura H. Rathbone, 1918

“When the Great Red Dawn is Shining” by Evelyn Sharpe, 1917

Item 7 – J. S. Pemberton & Co. advertising poster printed by the Daily Sun, featuring various beverages prepared from pure fruit juices. 1866.

Folder 1 – HCF Newsletters. Vol. 1, no. 1, June 1970 – Vol. 9, no. 2, June, 1978

Folder 2 – John Lupold's Notes on the History of Columbus. 1970s.

Folder 3 – Articles on Columbus History. 1970s.

Folder 4 –Columbus Historic District. 1976-1978

Folder 5 – Brochures and Other Tourist Information About Columbus. 1970s.

Folder 6 – John Lupold's Bibliographical Cards. 1970s.

Folder 7 – Various Legal Documents Relating to historic Columbus properties. 1840-1948