Claude A. Black papers

Claude A. Black papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Black, Claude A., (Claude Aubrey), 1903-1986
Title: Claude A. Black papers
Dates: 1965-1985
Quantity: 8.1 Linear feet (17 document boxes, 7 oversized folders A, 5 oversized folders B, 1 oversized folder C)
Abstract:Correspondence, research notes, printed material, and other papers, relating to Black's work to save and restore Woodmanston, the LeConte family plantation site and garden in Liberty County, Ga. Includes material concerning Louis LeConte and his sons, John and Joseph LeConte, Garden Club of Georgia's activities relating to the site, and Black's efforts at conservation. Contains numerous maps, sketches, site drawings, etc.
Coll. Number: ms2473

Biographical/Historical Note

Claude A. Black was a U.S. Army officer and horticulturist, of Savannah, Ga.

The Botanical and Floral Garden at Woodmanston were designed by Louis Leconte, father of the famous Leconte brothers, pioneers in the sciences in the United States. In July 1971, Clermont Lee, a coastal naturalist, introduced Black to the gardens and their plight. The family's home at Woodmanston had been destroyed many years earlier, but Black hoped that much of the vegetation could be rescued from the growth that had covered it. Black found some remains of the garden's species in November, including a rare camellia japonica. He immediately moved to stop clear-cutting of the Woodmanston lands by its lessor the Brunswick Pulp and Paper Co. A provisional committee formed in January 1972 under the sponsorship of the Liberty County Historical Society. The gardens were placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and in 1977 the paper company signed their lease over to the Nature Conservancy.

The ecological and historical value of Leconte-Woodmanston caused Black to devote over a decade of work to its benefit. The correspondence ends in 1985, with plans for Woodmanston very sketchy and Black's health failing.


Scope and Content Note

The Claude A. Black Collection contains the papers, research notes, correspondence, printed material, etc. of Col. Black (U.S. Army, Ret.). An avid horticulturalist, Black began the effort to save the Leconte family gardens at Woodmanston plantation. The first part of this collection, the Leconte-Woodmanston Project Section, consists of 13 1/2 boxes of materials relating to the gardens, the Lecontes, garden club activities and Black's efforts at conservation. There are also 13 oversized folders.

Black's love of natural history is also apparent in the General History Section of the collection. These last three boxes consist of materials on a wide range of topics, many centering on east Tennessee where the Black's lived for a few years.


Index Terms

Garden Club of Georgia.
Gardening--Georgia--Liberty County
Gardening--Georgia--Societies, etc.
Gardening--Georgia.
Gardening--Societies, etc.
Historic buildings--Georgia--Liberty County.
Historic buildings--Georgia.
Historic gardens--Georgia.
LeConte family
LeConte, John, 1818-1891
LeConte, Joseph, 1823-1901
Woodmanston Site (Liberty County, Ga.)

General Notes

In part, photocopies of clippings made by the repository for conservation purposes.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Leconte-Woodmanston Project

BoxFolder
11Abbot, John
2Financial account, 1972
3Advisory council
4Agassiz, Louis
5America the Beautiful Fund
6American Camellia Society
7American Revolution Bicentennial
8American Society of Landscape Architects
9Anderson, Richard Leconte
10Anderson, Richard Leconte
11Archaeological survey
12Archaeological survey
13 Archaeology and the Colonial Gardener
14Artwork/illustrations
15Audubon Society
16Awards
17Background/status, August 1974
BoxFolder
21Bartram Trail Project
2Boisduval book
3Botanical & Floral Garden, Lec. W.
4Botanical gardens
5Botanical Gardens, UGA
6Botanical heritage
7Bowaters Corporation
8Brochures
9Brochures
10Browning, Cordella
11Brunswick Jr. College conference
12Brunswick Pulp & Paper Co.
13Butterflies
14Callaway Gardens
15Chronlogy
BoxFolder
31Clippings
2Coastal Area Planning and Development Comm.
3Coastal Quarterly
4Collum, Thomas F.
5Conference, 16 January 1972
6Conveyance/dedication
7Conveyance; deeds
8Corporation
9Correspondence, 1971
10Correspondence, 1972
11Correspondence, 1973-1974
12Correspondence, 1975-1976
13Correspondence, 1977
14Correspondence, 1978-1979
15Correspondence, 1980-1985
16Deed
17Department of Natural Resources
18DNR; Survey & Report
19Design concepts
20Diaz, Jane
BoxFolder
41Distribution of booklet
2Documents; formation
3Duncan, Sue
4Exhibits
5Exhibits
6Expenses
7Fact sheet
8Fendig, Albert
9Fishback Proposal
10Fort Leconte
11Funding
12Funding
13Furman, Farish
14Gardens, general info.
15 Garden Corner
16Garden (Trustees) of Savannah
17Ga. Assn. of Landscape Design Appraisers
18Ga. Coastal Reserve Committee
19Georgia Conservancy
20Georgia Historical Commission
21 Georgia Historical Quarterly, Summer 1980
BoxFolder
51Gordon, Alexander
2Grants
3Guidelines
4Guidelines, Part I
5Guidelines, Part II
6Guidelines
7Halifax House
8Harden family
9Heritage; Governor's proclamation
10Historical marker
11Historical notes
12Holman, Gerald C.
13Holmes, Leila Burke
14Horticulture
15Important correspondence
16Important documents
17Jinright, Betty
18Jones family
19Keeler, Clyde
20King, Julia
21Leconte; Alwehaw
22Leconte brothers
23Leconte; coat of arms
24Leconte dress
25Leconte family
BoxFolder
61Lecontes; history
2 Leconte Family of the Nonant Line in America
3 Lecontes of Liberty Co. & Their Woodmanston Plantation Home
4Leconte (Furman), Emma; recollections
5Leconte (Harden), Jane
6Leconte, Helen
7Leconte, James A.
8Leconte, John E.
9Leconte, John Laurence
10Leconte, Prof. Joseph
11Leconte, Dr. Joseph N.
12Leconte; lands
13Leconte; lands, etc.
14Leconte, Louis; estate
15(Mount) Leconte
16Lecontes; narrative
17Leconte naturalists
18Leconte; ornithology
19Leconte pear
20Leconte shells
21Leconte sparrow
22Leconte turtles
23Leconte, William(s)
24Leconte Woodmanston Project; history
BoxFolder
71Lee, Harry G.; Jacksonville Shell Club
2Lewis, Sarah
3Liberty County Herald
4Liberty County historic attractions
5 Life on a Liberty County Plantation
6Logo
7Lominack-Jewett-Spencer, architects
8Loudon, John C.
9Lowe, George D.
10Magnolia pyramidata
11Mailings
12Mandel, Wanda G.
13Maps
14Maps
15Martin, Eliza; memorial
16Martin, M.F.
17Master plan
18Master plan; Bron Cleveland Associates
19Master plan; environmental planning & design partnership
20Master plan; notes
21Master plan; planning, contract procedures & requirements
22McDowell, Olive
23Meeting, Lec.W. Provisional Committee, 16 January 1972
24Meeting, Lec.W.P.C., 12 March 1972
25Meeting, Lec.W.P.C., 11 March 1973
BoxFolder
81Meeting, Coastal Historic Tourism Committee, 20 April 1972
2Meeting, Coastal Area Planning & Development Commission, 10 May 1972
3Meeting, CHTC, 6 September 1972
4Meeting, Liberty Co. Forum, August 1974
5Meeting, Friends of Lec.W., 20 February 1975
6Meeting, Trustees, 7 June 1977
7Meeting, Trustees, 15 December 1977
8Meeting, Trustees, 1-2 March 1978
9Meeting, Trustees, 7 April 1978
10Meeting, Trustees, 29 August 1978
11Meeting, Trustees, 24 February 1979
12Meeting, Trustees, 2 May 1979
13Meeting, Trustees, 7 June 1979
14Meeting, Trustees, 22 August 1979
15Meeting, Trustees, 29 January 1980
16Meeting, Trustees, 15 July 1980
17Meeting, Trustees, 5 November 1980
18Meeting, Trustees, 4 February 1981
19Meeting, Trustees, 25 March 1981
20Meeting, Trustees, 14 May 1981
21Meeting, Trustees, 18 June 1981
22Meeting, Trustees, 31 July 1981
23Meeting, Trustees, 12 November 1981
24Meetings, 1982
25Meetings, 1983
26Meetings, 1984
27Meetings, 1985
28Memorials
29Miscellaneous
30Museums
BoxFolder
91National Register of Historic Places
2National Trust for Historic Preservation
3Natural Areas (Ga. Council on)
4Natural areas of Ga. Coast; guidebook
5 Natural History, catalogue 103
6Nesmith, Rep. Paul
7Notes, background
8Notes, general
9Notes, miscellaneous
10Oleander District (Garden Club)
11Outreach
12(Savannah) Park & Tree Commission
13Pendergrast (DNR) Report, 1978
14Photos: site
15Photos: meetings, etc.
BoxFolder
101Planning; notes
2Planning; phases
3Planning; Phase I
5Plants; clippings
6Plants; protected species
7Plants; Ga.'s protected
8Plants; roses
9Plants; wildflowers
4Plants
BoxFolder
111Presentations
2Presentation; Macon, 1975
3Presentation; Millen, 1976
4Presentation; M.H. Ray
5Preservation
6Preservation, historic
7Preservation; Historic Sites Handbook (DNR)
8Preservation Center; Stagville, NC
9Preservation, workshop
10Preservation, workshop, 1979
11Progress Report, 1978
12Project summary, August 1974
13Provisional Committee
14Publicity
15Quarterman, Leonora
16Rahn-Lee drawings
17Ray, M.H.
18References
19Report, Year-End, 1979
20Revolutionary War
BoxFolder
121Rice culture
2Seminar, 1978
"An Introduction to Leconte-Woodmanston"
3Seminar, 1978
4Seminar, 1985
5Shaw, Emma
6Sheftall family
7Sheftall, Will
8Sierra Club
9Silk
10Slides
11Slides, December 1977
12Slides, Spring 1979
13Slides, August 1982
14Slides, August 1982
15Smith, Furman
BoxFolder
131Status reports, 1974
2Stephens, Lester D.
3Summerall, Margaret
4Survey, 1973
5Swamps
6 Tall Timbers
7T.V.A.; Elk River Watershed
8Tour, self-guided
9Tourism
10Tourism
11Tourism, clippings
BoxFolder
141Coastal Historic Tourism Committee
2Tourism, Disney
3Trustees, Board of, 1981
4University of California
5Viability factors
6Volunteerism
7Windsor Forest Garden Club
8Woodmanston indenture
9Workshops
10Yarn, Jane
 

Series 2: General History

BoxFolder
1411Alabama
12Antiques
13Appalachia
14Archaeology
15Ashtabula House
16Bartram's Trail
17Bartram's Trail; clippings/correspondence
18Bartram's Trail; notes
19Battlefield Park, Savannah
20(American) Bicentennial
BoxFolder
151Bledsoe's Lick (Tn.)
2Blount Mansion (Tn.)
3Brazilian Confederates
4British Army
5Burr, Aaron
6Cannons
7Caribbean Basin
8Castillo (Fla.)
9Charles Town Path
10Chattanooga
11Civil War
12Conservation
13Constitution(s)
14(Ga.) county histories
15Darien (Ga.)
16DeBrahm
17Demere, Raymond
18DeSoto's route
19De Toqueville, Alexis
20East Tn. Historical Society
21East Tn. Historical Society; newsletter
22England; research trip
23Etowah Indian Mounds
BoxFolder
161Few, William
2Forts
3Fort Barrington
4Fort Benning
5Fort Jackson
6Fort King George
7Fort Loudon
8Fort Loudon; correspondence
9Fort Loudon; notes
10Fort Marr
11Fort McAllister
12French & Indian War
13Gattinger
BoxFolder
171Georgia Heritage Trust
2Georgia Historical Society
3Georgia Mineral Newsletter
4Genealogy
5Heritage Day (Ga.)
6Heritage; gen. info.
7Liberty County Historical Society
8Miscellaneous
9 Organizing a Local Historical Society
10 Reminiscences of a Southern Woman
11Sans Souci plantation
12Savannah
13Tennessee; heritage
14Tennessee; photos
15West Point Society
Folder
9Glass framed display case for Leconte Woodmanston Project
 

Oversized Materials

OS Folder
1ASketches of site, photographs, and drawing of LeConte and tree
OS Folder
4ABasic land plans, 1839-1847
OS Folder
7APlans and project themes
OS Folder
2ALogo designs
OS Folder
3ABudget charts, 1985-1988
OS Folder
5ALandscape Plans
OS Folder
6ALand records and reconstruction
OS Folder
12BOrganizational chart
OS Folder
11BArea and site sketches
OS Folder
10BPlantation sketches
OS Folder
9BPoster, county maps, area sketches
OS Folder
8BState and area maps, geological surveys
OS Folder
13CPlantation site map, county maps