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Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection

Identifier: Coll.-4
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.


  • Majority of material found in 1840s-1950s


Conditions Governing Use

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.
Conditions Governing Use These materials are accessible through an extensive four volume set of indexes compiled by the Blucher Engineering Company before Conrad Blucher retired in 1953. These indexes are in alphabetical order according to clients’ names. This collection is presently being rehoused and digitized. It awaits further description.


4,000 Items

Biographical / Historical

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.

Physical Location

205-7/A-D/1-8 205-7/E/1-7 Room 206 (St. Gertrudis map) 205-6/E/1-6 205-17/B/5 205-17/C/1-4 205-17/D/1-3 206-14/E/1-3 (unprocessed books) 219-7/C/3,4,5 219-7/D/1-6"

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Blucher Family, 1994.


In excess of 4,000 maps and 400 survey field books.



Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection
Ann Hodges
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

6300 Ocean Dr.
Unit 5702
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States
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