MS 191 Clarence and George Carr Papers

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
Carr, Clarence
Carr, George S.
Clarence and George Carr Papers
MS 191
Date [inclusive]
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
This collection consists of personal papers and business records from Clarence Carr, George S. Carr, and the G.S. Carr Company.

Preferred Citation

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

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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.

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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.

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Collection is arranged into two series:

Series I: Personal Papers

Series II: G. S. Carr Company

Items in each series are arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection April 9, 2012

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • G. S. Carr Company.


  • Correspondence

Geographic Name(s)

  • San Diego (Calif.)
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • Warren (R.I.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Carr, Alice E.
  • Carr, Bessie M.
  • Carr, Charles R.
  • Carr, Clarence
  • Carr, George S.


  • Deeds
  • Family-owned business enterprises
  • Land titles
  • Leases
  • Real estate agents
  • Real estate business

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

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: Personal Papers

Correspondence: Clarence Carr, 1867-1887


Clarence writes home and describes having dinner with an ex-surgeon from the Rebel Army, June 27, 1867

Clarence writes to his mother and sister in response to news of his father’s death, December 29, 1869

Correspondence: George S. Carr, 1898-1915 and undated


Alice Carr writes to George and Charles to tell them the details of their father’s death and mother’s abandonment, July 1898

George receives permission from Andrew Cutler to marry his daughter Bessie Cutler, March 27, 1905

Letter “to be delivered after the death of Alice E. Carr” in which Alice again relates the family history, undated

Receipts, 1904-1924 and undated


Receipts for George S. Carr from Marston Company, Schiller & Murtha, as well as tuition and laboratory receipts from College of Medicine at University of Southern California.

Miscellanea, 1906-1913 and undated


Contract for pueblo lots sold to George and Charles Carr

Business cards and IOU notes

Handwritten note about “unsold stamps from Burbeck collection”


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 Series II: G. S. Carr Company

Property agreements, 1910 April 4-1915 April 15


Contracts in 1912 between Joseph Alonzo Hyde and the G.S. Carr Company include specifications for building a house

Account statements, 1911 April 29-1913 May 20 1:6
Receipts and payments, 1909 May 4-1915 October 6 1:7
Miscellanea, 1915 December 15 and undated


Blank checks and contracts for the G.S. Carr Company, as well as a record of all G.S. Carr Company property under George and Bessie Carr’s names

Map of downtown San Diego titled “Central Business Section – George S. Carr” (in Oversize Collections D4)

Second page of George and Bessie Carr’s property holdings (in Oversize Collections D4)


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