A.S. Carr papers
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A.S. Carr papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Carr, A.S., (Arthur Sprunt), 1868-1943.
Title: A.S. Carr papers
Dates: 1901-1943
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 oversize box)
Identification: MS 1584

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur Sprunt Carr (1868-1943) was born in Duplin County, North Carolina. He became familiar with the turpentine industry and moved to Georgia in 1889 at the age of 21 to work in the turpentine business in Statesboro, Bulloch County, with his brothers H.C. and J.A. Carr. After eight years, he started a business with J.A. Carr under the name of Carr Brothers. Their first operations were in southwest Mississippi. In 1903, Carr Brothers moved their headquarters to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The marketed their own products through their own marketing company, the Mississippi Naval Stores Company. Carr Brothers dissolved in 1918.

A.S. Carr moved to Bainbridge, Georgia, in 1916 and went into the naval stores business on his own. The A.S. Carr Company operated turpentine stills in Georgia and Florida. IN 1918, Carr also went into the lumber business. He was the builder of the first steam operated gum naval stores distillery in the South, according to the Savannah Weekly Naval Stores Review. Carr erected this still in Savannah in 1925, when he moved his business and himself there. He was among the first in the naval stores business to establish a central distilling plant. In 1932, he organized the Independent Naval Stores Company of Savannah. He ran this business until his death in September of 1943 at the age of 75.

In 1924, Carr was appointed to the American Naval Stores Commission to France and Spain. He was a member of the Southern Forestry Congress and a charter member of the Turpentine and Rosin Exchange. He was interested in forest conservation and reforestation work.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a scrapbook of clippings from the Savannah Weekly Naval Stores Review and Journal of Trade and the Naval Stores Review. It covers the 1920s through 1943. Also included in the collection are Carr's passport from his 1924 trip to Europe with the American Naval Stores Commission, a diary from the trip, a souvenir book of pictures of naval store operations in France, and photographs, depicting naval store activities in Georgia Florida, and Mississippi in the 1920s and 1920s, as well as pictures of A.S. Carr and employees of the A.S. Carr Company.

Index Terms

A.S. Carr Company (Ga.)
Carr, A.S., (Arthur Sprunt), 1868-1943.
Independent Naval Stores Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Naval stores--Georgia--Savannah.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], A.S. Carr papers, MS 1584, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. McCaskill, 1976.


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




11A.S. Carr's 1924 trip to Europe
2A.S. Carr and the A.S. Carr Company
Naval stores activities



41934, 1942, undated