Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Conrad M. Blucher Collection



Collection Summary

Creator Conrad M. Blucher
Title: Conrad M. Blucher Collection
Dates: 1885 - 1977
Abstract: A Nueces County Surveyor, Conrad M. Blucher left for this archive some of his correspondence, financial papers, legal papers, maps, papers and other printed materials. The Conrad M. Blucher Collection totals approximately 17 cubic feet of material. The bulk of the material, about 12 cubic feet, is split between personal and business correspondence ranging from 1880's to the 1960's and financial records from approximately 1906 to 1969 mostly in the form of ledgers. There are diaries that span from 1905 to 1954 and describe in detail personal and business related events. The maps and blueprints in the collection date from 1896 through the 1950's, with one or two undated maps possibly being from as early as the 1860's or 1870's. There are also books, printed materials and newspaper clipping related to the surveying work done by Blucher.
Identification A1985-040; A1990-022; 1998-008
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/collections/ead.php?xml=Blucher%20EAD
Quantity: 20 linear feet, 352 slides, photographs
Location: STAD Box 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 649, 1286, Post Card File, Photo File
Language: English

Historical Note

Conrad Meuly von Blucher was born in Corpus Christi on June 20, 1885 to C. F. H. von Blucher and Mary E. (Meuly) Blucher. He married Zula E. Hill on October 1, 1938. He is the descendent of two men who figure in Texas history, Conrad Meuly, a member of the Texan Santa Fe expedition of 1841 and Anton Felix Hans Hellmuth von Blucher, who was the interpreter for John O. Meusebach's Comanche treaty and later for General Winfield Scott in South Texas and an important surveyor in South Texas. Conrad M. Blucher attended the University of Texas and received a B.S. in 1905 and a Civil Engineering degree in 1906. He worked for his father in the Blucher Engineering Company of Corpus Christi as a surveyor and engineer from 1906 until he became the owner of the company in 1928. He also followed his father's footsteps by being elected to the position of Nueces County Surveyor from 1934 until 1946, a position his father held for more than fifty years. Conrad M. Blucher died at the age of 92 years in 1977. Conrad M. Blucher was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Corpus Christi City Planning and Zoning Commission, several service organizations and local social clubs. He was also a veteran of World War I, where he served as an officer in the Engineer Corps in France.


Scope and Contents

The Conrad M. Blucher Collection totals approximately 17 cubic feet of material. The bulk of the material, about 12 cubic feet, is split between personal and business correspondence and financial records. The correspondence ranges from the late 1880's up to the 1960's with most of the letters from around 1905 to the late 1930's. The personal correspondence contains many letters from members, relatives and friends of the Hill family. The Hill family is related to Conrad M. Blucher by marriage through his spouse, Zula E. (Hill) Blucher. The financial records run from approximately 1906 to 1969 and are mostly in the form of ledgers and other book-like formats with the majority of them documenting the workings of the Blucher Engineering Company. One of the smaller portions of the collection is the diaries. They span from 1905 to 1954 and describe in detail personal and business related events; from daily observations of the weather, to distances traveled and situations encountered while surveying in the brush, to social events and those who attended them.


 

Arrangement

I. Correspondence II. Diaries III. Financial Documents VI. Legal Documents V. Maps VI. Blueprints VII. Photographs VIII. Books IX. Printed Materials X. Newspaper Clippings XI. Postcards

Index Terms

Persons
Meuly, Conrad, 1810-1865
Blucher, Anto Felix Hans Hellmuth von, 1819-1879
Scott, Winifield, 1786-1866
Organizations
Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors
American Society of Civil Engineers
Engineer Corps in France
Geographical Names
Gulf Coast (Tex.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.) -- History
Subjects
German Americans -- Texas -- Corpus Christi -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Surveying -- Law and legislation -- Texas
Cartographers -- Gulf Coast (Tex.) -- History
Coastal mapping -- Texas, South
Aerial photographers -- Texas, South
City planning -- Texas -- Corpus Christi
Texas Santa Fe Expedition, 1841
Meusebach-Comanche Treaty