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David Howe Lawrence Papers


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.

Title

David Howe Lawrence Papers

Collection Number

PC.5049

Date(s)

1956-1998

Box 1Box 2
Language

English

Physical Description
Cubic feet
0.68
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.

Physical Location

3A3

Creator

Lawrence, David Howe

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


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


Available for research.


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.


Processed by Sarah Downing prior to 2001.

Encoded by Kelly Grimm, August, 2009


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.


Formerly classified as 33MSS-49


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


Donated by David Lawrence


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.


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

Folder: 1:3.1  
, <unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1960s</unitdate>, <unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1970s</unitdate>
1950s

6503  
D. Lawrence Correspondence

Folder: 1:3.2  
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1980-1982</unitdate>
1980-1982
Folder: 1:3.3  
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1983-1985</unitdate>
1983-1985
Folder: 1:3.4  
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1986-1989</unitdate>
1986-1989
Folder: 1:3.5  
<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1990s</unitdate>
1990s

Folder: 1:4.1  
Sam Lamb, Corolla

Folder: 1:4.2  
Shoreline Associates, Inc.
1982-1986

Folder: 1:4.3  
Sea Ranch [also Old Station Photos]

Folder: 1:4.4  
Permits for groins - Town of Kill Devil Hills

Folder: 1:4.5  
Patent of Lawrence Variable Grid System, plus patents pertaining to groins, jetties, and protective beaches

Folder: 1:4.6  
Special Committee on Storm Damage

Folder: 1:4.7  
Roanoke Island Plats, Photos, Surveys, Kill Devil Hills Survey and Kinnakeet Shores Survey
1979-1983

Folder: 1:4.8  
Legislation Regarding Coastal Management

Folder: 1:4.9  
Reports Regarding Coastal Management

Folder: 1:4.10  
Governmental Publications Regarding Beach Erosion and Shoreline Protection

Folder: 1:4.11  
Miscellaneous Research Notes and Ephemera

Folder: 1:4.12  
Plats, Surveys, Drawings, and Maps (includes separated oversized materials)

Folder: 2:6.1  
Artificial Seaweed

Folder: 2:6.2  
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (Moving/Saving)

Folder: 2:6.3  
Dredging, General

Folder: 2:6.4  
Kill Devil Hills, Town Elections
1981

Folder: 2:6.5  
Erosion From Storms

Folder: 2:6.6  
General Erosion

Folder: 2:6.7  
Groins, Sandbags, Bulkheads

Folder: 2:6.8  
Lighthouses and Other Subjects

Folder: 2:6.9  
Oregon Inlet, Dredging

Folder: 2:6.10  
Oregon Inlet, Erosion at Coast Guard Station

Folder: 2:6.11  
Oregon Inlet, Bonner Bridge Erosion

Folder: 2:6.12  
Oregon Inlet, Jetties

Folder: 2.6.13  
Oil Drilling

Folder: 2:6.14  
Sand Fences

Folder: 2:6.15  
Sand Replenishment

Folder: 2:6.16  
Seawalls

Folder: 2:6.17  
Ship Sinking

*These are separated materials located in Map Drawer 17