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Robert Douglass and Charles Douglass land surveyors fonds
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Robert Douglass and Charles Douglass land surveyors fonds

  • CA PANB MC244
  • 1823-1928

This fonds documents the professional activities of both Robert Douglass and his son, Charles K. S. Douglass, as land surveyors. It consists of Robert Douglass’s field book, dating from 1848-1851, which records surveying work undertaken by him, as well as two practice / copy books, the first dating from 1836-1856, and the second to 1848, both containing geometry problems, drawings, theorems, and other sketches, as well as samples of plans, writing, and different alphabets. Towards the back of the 1836-1856 volume are several reflections and poems composed by Robert Douglass between 1843 and 1856. There are also a very few loose documents – 1 sample plan, 3 poems, and 1 blank petition for the purchase of land for settlement.

Charles Douglass’s professional records consist of business correspondence, orders for surveys, returns of surveys (including sketches), survey sketches, and statements of expenses, as well as circulars and regulations.

Also included are approximately 67 maps or plans that were prepared by, or that show grants of land that were surveyed by, either Charles Douglass, Robert Douglass, Alfred Layton, William John Layton, E. R. Rutledge, or R. D. Jago. Most of the maps, sketches, plans, and surveys are of property located in Kent County. A very few are of property in Queens County. The fonds also includes a few of Charles Douglass's personal and legal records, most notably, deeds, road tax certificates and school assessment notices.

The returns of survey and survey sketches are located with the textual records. The maps and plans have been moved to PANB's Map Section.

Douglass, Robert