Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892.
Manuscripts and Archives Division
- 3 linear feet (8 boxes, 8 v.)
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Photocopies or microfilm of diary and letterbook and microfilm of scrapbook must be used instead of originals.
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, andmiscellaneous 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.
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.
Controlled Access Terms
- 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.
- Architectural drawings.
- Photographic prints.
Additional Creator Names
- 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)