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Author Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892.
Title Alexander Jackson Davis papers, 1791-1937.


Description 3 linear feet (8 boxes, 8 v.)
Two series: I. Alexander Jackson Davis Materials, 1821-1890; II. Joseph Beale Davis Materials, 1791-1937.
Restricted Access Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Access Photocopies or microfilm of diary and letterbook and microfilm of scrapbook must be used instead of originals.
Summary Collection consists of the papers of Alexander Jackson Davis and his son Joseph Beale Davis. A.J. Davis papers contain correspondence, accounts, legal papers, lectures, writings, architectural specifications, drawings and engravings, diary, scrapbooks, catalog of his library, and miscellaneous materials. Bulk of the correspondence consists of letters, 1829-1890, to Davis concerning architectural projects and other business and personal matters. Writings and notes of Davis include diary, 1827-1853, and lectures with related materials. Scrapbooks contain engravings and woodcuts from books, drawings and watercolors of architectural details by Davis, and clippings. Also, architectural specifications, drawings and engravings for his designs. J.B. Davis papers include correspondence, mostly letters, 1895-1937, to Davis; materials related to the Davis and Beale families; biographical notes; and other materials, such as photographs, engravings and clippings.
Additional Formats Architectural specifications for North Carolina State Hospital for the Insane available on microfilm; New York Public Library. *ZZ-21396
Letterbook, 1821-1890; scrapbook; and diary, 1827-1853, available on microfilm; New York Public Library; *ZL-292
Diary and letterbook available in photocopy format.
Biography Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), the American architect, started working as a draftsman for Josiah C. Brady and Ithiel Town in New York City. He became Town's partner in 1829 and they collaborated on public structures, including the New York Customs House (1832) and various state capitols. When Davis went into business on his own, he continued to design public buildings but concentrated on designs for large country and suburban houses.
Finding Aids Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Subject Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892.
Allen, John.
Eddy, James, 1806-1888.
Town, Ithiel, 1784-1844.
Warren, Nathan Boughton, 1815-1898.
Beal family.
Byrd family.
Davis family.
Nicholson family.
Architecture -- Designs and plans.
Architecture -- United States.
Architecture, Domestic -- United States.
Art, Egyptian.
Art, Gothic.
Art, Greek.
Art, Roman.
Gothic revival (Architecture) -- United States.
Historic buildings -- United States -- Designs and plans.
Public buildings -- United States.
Genre/Form Architectural drawings.
Photographic prints.
Occupation Architects.
Added Author Davis, Joseph Beale.
Cooke-Davis, Philip St. George.
Dakin, James H.
Hunt, Francis Key.
Jones, George, d. 1878.
Morehead, John Motley, 1796-1866.
Swain, David L. (David Lowry), 1801-1868.
Town and Davis (Firm)
LCCN ms 68001679
Call No. MssCol 734
Research Call Number MssCol 734