John Avery Gere and Carrie Gordon Cubbedge Carson papers
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John Avery Gere and Carrie Gordon Cubbedge Carson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Carson, Carrie Gordon Cubbedge, b. 1856.
Creator: Carson, John Avery Gere, 1856-1930.
Title: John Avery Gere and Carrie Gordon Cubbedge Carson papers
Dates: 1881-1898
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet (9 volumes)
Identification: MS 0123

Biographical/Historical Note

John Avery Gere Carson (1856-1930), a native of Baltimore, Maryland, founded the Carson Naval Stores Company in 1898, having been associated with other naval stores firms in Savannah and Chatham County. He was the son of Sarah Frances and Carvill Hynson Carson. He was prominent in social and civic affairs in Savannah and Chatham County, Georgia, being twice an alderman and a member of a Chatham County Commission. He was president of Merchants' National Bank of Savannah, Georgia. Carson was married to Carrie Gordon Cubbedge Carson (b.1856), who was born in Savannah, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of six letter press copy books containing John Avery Gere Carson's letters, a personal account book, the scrapbook of Carrie Gordon Cubbedge Carson, and a scrapbook of needlework patterns. The letter books contain his personal letters to his family and business letters unrelated to the Carson Naval Stores Company. The letter book of 1886-1891 contains some letters pertaining to the Southern Travellers' Association, the DeSoto Investment Company, and stock and land transactions. Discussed in other volumes are the Society of Colonial Wars, drainage, and turpentine statistics.

Index Terms

Account books.
Carson Naval Stores Company (Ga.)
Carson, Carrie Gordon Cubbedge, b. 1856.
Carson, John Avery Gere, 1856-1930.
DeSoto Investment Company (Ga.)
General Society of Colonial Wars (U.S.)
Letter books.
Naval stores.
Patterns (guides)
Turpentine industry and trade--Georgia.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

Due to its fragility, letter book, 1895-1896. is restricted from patron use.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Census Fund.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Avery Gere and Carrie Gordon Cubbedge Carson papers, MS 123, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1965.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Letter books


11886 September 29-1891 June 9


21893 January 9-1893 October 16


31894 January 5-1895 May 22




51896 August 10-1897 September 7


61886 September 7-1888 September 27


7Personal account book, 1883 September 1-3


8Scrapbook kept by Mrs. Carson


9Needlework book