Organization is that of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, into the following series: I. Diaries, 1837-1887: Reels 4133-4135. II. Letterbooks, 1844-1887: Reels 4135-4143. III. Account books, 1833-1886: Reels 4144-4146. IV. Bound Manuscripts, 1830-1887: Reel 4146. V. Loose Manuscripts, 1831-1849: Reel 4147. VI. Venezuela & Personal, 1767-1890s: Reel 4148. VII. Capitol & Family Claims, 1794-1890: Reels 4148-4149. VIII. Type Set Reports, Etc., 1840-1900: Reels 4150-4151. IX. Photographs, 1831-1880: Reel 4151.
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Papers documenting Ustick's work in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Venezuela, and other locations, and include detailed information on Girard College, Philadelphia, and the U.S. Capitol Building. Included are letters from Randolph Rogers, Robert Mills, and M.C. Meigs regarding the Capitol.
Diaries include entries about meetings Ustick attended, and sometimes financial information and drawings; 21 volumes of letterbooks indexed by Walter include personal and professional letters; and account books of specific projects and of general topics.
Bound manuscripts titled "Notes on Architecture, 1830," and "Notes on the Executive Mansion repairs"; loose manuscript files on specific projects such as the Chester County Courthouse, the American Institute of Architects, and Girard College; and photographs of 333 of the 503 architectural drawings included in the collection.
Thomas Ustick Walter papers, 1829-1887. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels 4133-4151 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
Location of Originals:
Originals in: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
Architect; Philadelphia, Pa.
Microfilmed in 1987 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project.
Lives of American Artists
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