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Guide to the Clarence and George Carr Papers MS 191
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Preferred Citation
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
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  • Title: Clarence and George Carr Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 191
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1867-1924
    Abstract: This collection consists of personal papers and business records from Clarence Carr, George S. Carr, and the G.S. Carr Company.
    creator: Carr, Clarence
    creator: Carr, George S.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Samantha Mills on April 9, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Clarence Carr left his family home in Warren, Rhode Island and moved to San Francisco, CA in the mid-1800s, where he practiced law. His health declined after a series of poor financial investments and in 1879 he died in an insane asylum, leaving behind a widow and two young sons, George S. and Charles R. The boys were brought up by their aunt, Alice E. Carr, because their mother could no longer afford to care for them.
    Around the turn of the 20th century, George S. Carr moved to San Diego, CA and started a real estate business called The Carr Company, located at 855 5th Street. His aunt Alice acted as the company’s eastern representative in Warren, Rhode Island. In 1905 George married Bessie M. Cutler, who proceeded to work as the company’s secretary. By 1911 the company name changed to the G.S. Carr Company, and moved to 910 7th Street. The majority of their business centered on the lease and sale of various lots in San Diego. Occasionally house-building was part of the lease agreement.

    Preferred Citation

    Clarence and George Carr Papers, MS 191, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.


    Collection is arranged into two series:
    Series I: Personal Papers
    Series II: G. S. Carr Company
    Items in each series are arranged by subject.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of personal papers and business records from Clarence Carr, George S. Carr, and the G.S. Carr Company. Personal papers include correspondence of Clarence Carr and George S. Carr. Business records include property agreements (such as grant deeds, leases, and property titles), account statements for clients of the G.S. Carr Company, and business receipts. There is also a map of downtown San Diego real estate lots.


    Material added to collection from Document Files Collection, G.S. Carr file.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Carr, Alice E.
    Carr, Bessie M.
    Carr, Charles R.
    Carr, Clarence
    Carr, George S.
    G. S. Carr Company.
    Family-owned business enterprises
    Land titles
    Real estate agents
    Real estate business
    San Diego (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Warren (R.I.)