Special Collections and Archives, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator:Blucher, Conrad M.
Title:Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection
Bulk Dates:1840s-1950s
Abstract:Assembled by three generations of Nueces County surveyors belonging to the historic Blucher family, the collection contains a voluminous number of surveying documents covering over a century of South Texas development. It covers such South Texas counties as Nueces, San Patricio, Kleberg, Jim Wells, Brooks, Duval, Willacy, Kenedy, and others.
Identification:86
Extent:In excess of 4,000 maps and 400 survey field books.
Language:Materials are in English.
Repository:Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Historical Note

The Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection (CBSC) represents the work of Felix A. von Blucher, his son Charles F. H. von Blucher, and grandson Conrad M. Blucher. A German immigrant to Corpus Christi in the 1840s, Felix Blucher served as Nueces County’s first elected County Surveyor. After he died in the 1870s, Felix was replaced by his son Charles, who served until 1933, when he relinquished the position to his son Conrad. Over the years, these three professionals generated over four hundred survey field books and either created or accumulated thousand of maps, making the CBSC a monumental record of private land ownership in South Texas.


Scope and Contents

The Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection represents a major research and educational resource at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Assembled by three generations of Nueces County surveyors belonging to the historic Blucher family, the CBSC contains a voluminous number of surveying documents covering over a century of South Texas development (1840s-1950s.) The CBSC covers such South Texas counties as Nueces, San Patricio, Kleberg, Jim Wells, Brooks, Duval, Willacy, Kenedy, and others. A treasure of South Texas surveying, the CBSC especially enhances the University’s Geographic Information Science Program, as well as serves the needs of the larger community.


Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

Persons
von Blucher, Felix A.
von Blucher, Charles F. H.
Blucher, Conrad M.
Organizations
Blucher Engineering
Blucher and Sons

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of the Blucher Family, 1994.

Accessioned as number 86.

The collection was housed at the Nueces County Surveyor’s office where it was utilized and maintained by County Surveyor William W. Green, Conrad Blucher’s protégé, until he retired in 1994. In that year, the entire collection was transferred to the University where it is now part of the non-circulating holdings of Special Collections and Archives of the Bell Library.

Citation

Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.