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Orville W. Crowder's Chesapeake and Ohio Canal collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS2152

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains newspaper clippings, newsletters, photographs, maps, guide books, certificates, color slides, reports, pins, membership cards, and other memorabilia. The material dates from 1927-1997, but the bulk of the material dates from 1951-1974. The material was collected by Orville Wright Crowder and relates to his tour and preservation work on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Much of the materials consist of maps of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio.

Dates

  • 1927-1997
  • Majority of material found within 1951 - 1974

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

Orville Wright Crowder (1904 - 1974) was a nature enthusiast that worked as a historian and guide for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Association from 1933 - 1974. His contributions to the association included helping to measure and describe the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, creating various clubs and organizations and leading a daily bird tour. His most notable achievements outside of the C&O Association include helping create, measure and describe the Appalachian trail, becoming the third person to hike the entire length of the trail and founding the World Nature Tours and the World Nature Club. His extensive nature tours allowed him to set foot on each country in the world except five as well as hike the highest points of each state within the United States except for Alaska and Hawaii.

Extent

3 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

This collection contains newspaper clippings, newsletters, photographs, maps, guide books, certificates, color slides, reports, pins, membership cards, and other memorabilia. The material dates from 1927-1997, but the bulk of the material dates from 1951-1974. The material was collected by Orville Wright Crowder and relates to his tour and preservation work on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Much of the materials consist of maps of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio.

Arrangement note

Folders are organized alphabetically; topographical maps are arranged in order of the canal's route. This collection is not divided into series.

Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Donald Messersmith 1/26/2006 (accession 2006.032)
Title
Guide to the Orville W. Crowder's Cheasapeake and Ohio Canal collection, "1927-1997
Status
Completed
Author
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America