Finding Aid of the David Howe Lawrence Papers, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1956/1998">1956 - 1998</date>, PC.5049

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Finding Aid of the David Howe Lawrence Papers, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1956/1998">1956 - 1998</date>, PC.5049

Abstract

David Howe Lawrence (1919-2003) had a keen interest in protecting North Carolina beaches from erosion and invented a permeable groin, which he believed could stop erosion. In 1981, he formed Shoreline Associates, Inc. to market this idea.
These papers consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, documents relating to the patent of the permeable groin and Shoreline Associates, photographs of erosion and measures to control erosion.

Descriptive Summary

Title
David Howe Lawrence Papers
Call Number
PC.5049
Creator
Lawrence, David Howe
Date
1956-1998
Extent
0.68 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.5049, David Howe Lawrence Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The David Howe Lawrence Papers consists of correspondence and documents relating to the patent of the permeable groin and Shoreline Associates. There is a folder of photographs that have images of Avalon Pier, beach cottages, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Kitty Hawk Coast Guard Station, as well as jetties, the construction of his "Lawrence Grid Groin" and measures to control erosion. There is also an image of Diane Baum St. Clair and David Stick.

Another key part of the David Howe Lawrence Papers includes newspaper clippings. Subjects include, erosion, Oregon Inlet, offshore oil drilling, and sand replinishment. There is also a folder of maps, located away from the collection in Map Drawer 17. Maps include: Dare County tax maps, zoning maps, and maps of unincorporated areas in both Dare and Currituck Counties.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged topically with four main series: Correspondence, Business Papers, Newspaper Clippings, and Maps.

Biographical Note

David Howe Lawrence (1919-2003) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Belmount Abbey College, where he took many courses in engineering. After military service during World War II, Lawrence worked for his father, Harry C. Lawrence, in his business, East Coast Dredging, building highways, bridges, and drainage canals. They also designed and built a few beach homes. Lawrence returned to school from 1950-1954, and studied civil engineering. He married in 1950 and had three daughters. From 1954-1965, he was president of Cameron Village, Inc. in Raleigh, N.C. and in 1965-1967, he designed and built the Sea Scape development in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Lawrence returned to school (UNC Chapel Hill) to attend the North Carolina Realtors Institute when his interests turned to real estate, appraising and development design. By the 1980s Lawrence had developed a keen interest in protecting North Carolina beaches from erosion and invented a permeable groin, which he believed could stop erosion. In 1981 he formed Shoreline Associates, Inc., to market this idea.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Finding Aid
1:1.1
Biographical Sketch
1:2.1
Correspondence
6501
Business Papers
6508
Newspaper Clippings
6521
Dare and Currituck County Maps,1956-1986
3:7.1

*These are separated materials located in Map Drawer 17

Subject Headings

  • Erosion
  • Groins (Shore protection)
  • Coast changes
  • Hatteras Island (N.C.)
  • Kill Devil Hills (N.C.)
  • Oregon Inlet (N.C.)
  • Roanoke Island (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by David Lawrence

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Sarah Downing prior to 2001.
  • Encoded by Kelly Grimm, August, 2009