Richard Marvin Nelson scrapbooks
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Richard Marvin Nelson scrapbooks

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Nelson, Richard Marvin, approximately 1885-1967.
Title: Richard Marvin Nelson scrapbooks
Dates: 1929-1951
Extent: 0.6 cubic feet (2 volumes)
Identification: MS 1248

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Marvin Nelson (circa 1885-1967) was a New York attorney with extensive industrial interests in Savannah, Georgia and vicinity. He graduated from Harvard and St. Paul College of Law. He was married to Daphne McKee Brown. He was well known in Savannah and in 1939 was given the Lucas Trophy for his contributions to Savannah's industrialization. Upon his retirement in 1950, Nelson sold his stock in the Port Wentworth Corporation and Coleraine Homes, Inc. to the Central of Georgia Railroad.

In the 1910s the Port Wentworth Terminal Company was created in conjunction with the Savannah and Atlanta (S and A) Railroad. By the 1920s the company and the railroad were in deep financial trouble. Robert Nelson was instrumental in leading the S and A Railroad out of receivership and profitable by 1939. The lands surrounding S and A Railroad at Port Wentworth were part of James Potter's antebellum plantation, Coleraine. In 1934, Nelson's Port Wentworth Corporation was organized to take over all the Georgia assets of the Port Wentworth Company. At that time the Port Wentworth Corporation, with Nelson as president, consisted of the Savannah Sugar Refining Corporation, Savannah River Lumber Corporation, Pan-American Petroleum and Transport Corporation, Certain-Teed Products Corporation, Savannah Creosoting Company, Savannah Wire Cloth Mills, and Dixie Asphalt and Products Corporation.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two scrapbooks created by Richard Marvin Nelson (circa 1885-1967). These scrapbooks include information about Nelson and the companies he presided over while in Savannah, Georgia. The companies include the Savannah Sugar Refining Corporation, Savannah River Lumber Corporation, Pan-American Petroleum and Transport Corporation, Certain-Teed Products Corporation, Savannah Creosoting Company, Savannah Wire Cloth Mills, and Dixie Asphalt and Products Corporation.


Index Terms

Business enterprises--Georgia--Savannah.
Consolidation and merger of corporations.
Corporate reorganizations.
IConglomerate corporations.
Industrial concentration.
Nelson, Richard Marvin, approximately 1885-1967.
Port Wentworth Corporation (Savannah, Ga.)
Scrapbooks.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from family of creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Richard Marvin Nelson scrapbooks, MS 1248, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dorothy Nelson Richmond, 1973.


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 

Item

1Scrapbooks. Georgia, 1929-1951 ( 2.0 volumes )