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Catalog Number 3121-019_Sheet240
Title Wharf Lots
Collection 3121-019, Savannah Cadastral Survey, Ward Survey Maps
Object Name Map
Notes The Engineering Department, Savannah Cadastral Survey – Ward Survey Maps (1939-1940)
includes 252 sheets of survey maps of Savannah’s wards prepared by the Works Progress
Administration (W.P.A.) as part of the three-year, $65,000 W.P.A. Savannah Cadastral Survey
project. The city of Savannah is laid out in a system of wards, or blocks of land. The Cadastral
Survey included all wards within the city’s corporate limits at the time. On May 9, 1940, Major H.
U. Wallace, District W.P.A. Engineer, presented Mayor Thomas Gamble with the Ward Survey Maps at City Hall. The survey was originally intended for use of the local tax assessors, but it has also proved useful for planning public utilities and improvements, determining property lines, and tracing the history of buildings and properties.

A companion piece to this collection, lot survey cards for each individual lot within the city’s
limits, is housed in the Chatham County Clerk of Superior Court’s office. The lot survey cards
provide additional information on each individual property, including building construction,
property assessment, and ownership. The lot survey cards were originally given by the W.P.A. to the Chatham County Tax Assessor’s Office who later gave them to the Clerk of Superior Court.
The lot survey cards are referred to as the Cadastral Survey or the Karney/Carney files.
Creator Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.)
Year Range from 1939.0
Year Range to 1940.0
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Related Collections Savannah Cadastral Survey-Property Cards. Chatham County Superior Court Record Room, Chatham County Courthouse, Savannah, Georgia.
Source City of Savannah, Development Services-Engineering
Credit line Courtesy of City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives
Copyright Copyright has not been assigned to the City of Savannah. All requests for permission to publish or quote from the collections must be submitted in writing to the Research Library & Municipal Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the City of Savannah as owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.