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Rufus S. Lusk & Son business and personal records

 Collection
Identifier: MS2189

Scope and Contents

The material in this collection includes business records, publications, correspondence, financial reports, memorandum, and photographs. Much of this material is related to the work of Lusk & Son, but there are also materials related to other activities for Rufus S. Lusk including the Washington Taxpayers' Association and Washington Taxpayers' Protective Association, and the Gourmet Society Dinner Club. The material dates from the 1930s through 1994. The material in Series 3 relates to The Tri-State Commission and the Washington Metropolitan Transporation Authority (METRO). These records appear to all come from the records of Jerome M. Alper.

Dates

  • 1896-1994
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1993

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

Founded by Rufus S. Lusk, Sr.(d. 1971), Rufus S. Lusk & Son, Inc. was the leader in the Mid-Atlantic region for providing the most accurate and reliable real estate sales, ownership, and mortgage information. For nearly 70 year, the Rufus S. Lusk & Son company published real estate information products which made a significant contribution to the Washington area community. While the Lusk company primarily served the real estate and financial communities through the dissemination of its information, homeowners and others interested in real estate trends used Lusk publications to keep abreast of developments. In 1997, the company was sold. In addition to his work in the real estate industry Rufus Lusk, Sr. was also involved in other aspects of Washington DC business and social society. He founded the Gourmet Dinner Society and the Washington Taxpayers' Association and served as a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

The District of Columbia Real Estate Directory provides data about all realty in Washington. The Lusk company also produced three weekly publications including Real Estate Guides. This service provided records transfers of property and real estate mortgages.

Extent

57 Linear Feet

Language

English

Overview

Founded by Rufus S. Lusk, Sr.(d. 1971), Rufus S. Lusk & Son, Inc. was the leader in the Mid-Atlantic region for providing the most accurate and reliable real estate sales, ownership, and mortgage information. For nearly 70 year, the Rufus S. Lusk & Son company published real estate information products which made a significant contribution to the Washington area community. Within the collection much of the collection is related to the work of Lusk & Son, but there are also materials related to other activities for Rufus S. Lusk including the Washington Taxpayers' Association and the Washington Taxpayers' Protective Association, and the Gourmet Society Dinner Club. The material dates from the 1930s through 1994. The material in Series 3 relates to The Tri-State Commission and the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO). These records appear to all come from the records of Jerome M. Alper.

Arrangement

Collection remains in original order, but folder titles were organized within the finding aid and three series were created for ease of browsing the finding aid: Business records, Civic and personal records, and Transportation

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rufus Speake Lusk, III, September 20, 1996
Title
Preliminary Guide to the Rufus Lusk & Sons business and personal records, 1896-1994
Status
Folder Inventory
Author
Finding aid prepared by Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2013
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:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America