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Curtis business records

Curtis business records

Descriptive Summary

Title: Curtis business records
Creator: Curtis, Jack
Inclusive Dates: 1968-2014
Language: English
Extent: 6 Linear Feet 4 boxes, 1 oversize box, 9 oversize folders
Collection Number: ms4298
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Dr. Lawrence Cowley "L.C." Curtis (1905-1980) was a graduate of The University of California at Davis in genetics and agronomy and worked in the field all around the world. He married Anna Schwartz. Dr. Curtis taught horticulture at the University of Georgia, during which time he purchased a large piece of farm land outside Watkinsville and created L.C. Curtis and Son, Inc. The farm turned to sand mining during early drought years, and eventually developed into the main family business. In 1957, years after the Iron Horse sculpture was removed from campus, Dr. Curtis offered to take the sculpture from obscurity in the woods in which it was left to his farm where it has stood ever since.

John "Jack" Curtis (1932-2014) received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Georgia (1955), served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve as Photogrammetrist and Intelligence Officer. He moved to the Athens area to run the mining operations and develop the family farm's Angus cattle herd. Mr. Curtis married Patricia Baker and had three children. He participated in many civic, business, and mining groups and associations, and started the Athens Seed Company and the Stone Stone businesses.

Scope and Content

This collection contains farm and sand mining operation records of L.C. Curtis and Sons, Inc.. It includes family history, plats and equipment design drawings, correspondence, log books ragarding sand and cattle operations, aerial photographs, and articles about the Iron Horse sculpture that was removed from the University of Georgia campus in 1954, then in 1957 to the Curtis property.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Curtis business records, ms4298, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Aerial photographs.
Businessmen -- Georgia.
Cattle breeders
Curtis, L. C.
Design drawings.
Farm life -- Georgia -- Photographs.
Farm management -- Georgia.
Iron horse (Sculpture)
L.C. Curtis and Son, Inc.
Oconee County (Ga.) -- History.
Plats (maps)
Sand mining -- Georgia

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Family history
12Family history - Jack Curtis
13Family history - photographs
14Correspondence - Jack Curtis - Dr. Paul Broun, Jr., 1988-2002
15Correspondence - Jack Curtis - politicians, 2007-2008
16-7Jack Curtis - Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, 1970-1992
18Jack Curtis - Republican Party of Georgia, 1971-1972
19Jack Curtis - Oconee County Industrial Development Authority, 1980-1982
110Jack Curtis - Oconee County Rotary Club, 1987-1991
111Scull Shoals Bird Preserve, 1988
112Jack Curtis - Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, 1991-1995
113Jack Curtis - Athens Area Home Builders Association, 1991-1997
114Jack Curtis - Oconee County Board of Commissioners, 1994-1995
115Sand mining operations
116Sand mining - from testing log books, 1987-2007
117Block Plant - Athens Concrete Products Company
118Aerial photographs
119Corps of Engineers (Savannah) - regarding beaver dams
120Georgia Department of Transportation - bridge over Oconee River, 1988
121Registration certificates - American Angus Association
120Athens Seed Company - corn, 1994
123Barnett Shoals dam - Star Thread Energy Partners, LLC, 2012
124Oconee Industrial Park and Property Owners of Watkinsville
2Calves, cattle log books, 1968-1985
3Calves, cattle log books, 1986-1992
3Sand mining log books, 1967-2007
4Calves, cattle log books, 1992-2009
1Newspaper clippings, magazine articles - Iron Horse, family, businesses
1Iron Horse chases Georgia Bulldog ink drawing - by Jeffie Rowland
1Plaque - John L. Curtis - Honorary lifetime membership in National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, 2002
1Nametag, ribbons - Jack Curtis - Georgia Mining Association
1Wheel chart with gestation timeframe markings
1Feeds and Feeding: A Handbook for the Student and Stockman by Frank B. Morrison, 1957
1Plans, surveys, plats - property
2Plans, surveys, plats - property
3Plans, surveys, plats - property
1Plans, surveys, plats - property
4Plans, drawings - architectural, mechanical
5Plans, drawings - architectural, mechanical
6Plans, drawings - architectural, mechanical
7Plans, drawings - architectural, mechanical
8Plans, drawings - architectural, mechanical
2Plans, drawings - architectural, mechanical
9Aerial photographs
3Aerial photographs
4Aerial photographs
5Aerial photographs
1Aerial photographs - mounted, 1951-1973