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Montgomery C. Meigs Papers

Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Names:
Pension Building  Search this
Post Office Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Extent:
12.5 Cubic feet (27 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Albums
Clippings
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Place:
Georgia
West Point (N.Y.)
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1870 - 1890
Summary:
The collection documents Mongomery C. Meigs, an Army officer, engineer, architect, and scientist. Meigs's papers include scrapbooks and photographs relating primarily to his work on the Pension Building and the Washington Aqueduct in Washington, D.C. but also his interest in politics, military affairs, construction, Native Americans, inventions, real estate, and financial matters.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents, Mongomery C. Meigs, an Army officer, engineer, architect, and scientist. Meigs's papers include scrapbooks and photographs relating primarily to his work on the Pension Building in Washington, D.C., an extension to the Post Office Building, the Washington Aqueduct, Cabin John Bridge, and the dome of the United States Capitol. The scrapbooks reflect Meigs's interests in politics, military affairs, construction, Native Americans, inventions and technology, real estate, and financial matters.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1870-1890

Series 2: Photographs, 1850-1885
Biographical / Historical:
1816, May 3, Born, Augusta, Georgia

1832, Entered United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

1837, Second lieutenant, Corps of Engineers. Surveyed Upper Mississippi River

1838, Survey engineering work, Delaware River

1839, Duty at army headquarters, Washington, D.C.

1841, Married Louisa Rodgers (died 1879)

1843-1852, Stationed in Detroit, Michigan, until return to permanent duty in Washington, D.C.

1852, Supervised construction of the Washington aqueduct for Great Falls, Virginia and various United States Capitol improvements, including a new and larger dome

1861, June Appointed Quartermaster General, United States Army

1865, April 15, Present at the death of Abraham Lincoln

1867, Postwar illness and trip to Europe

1882, Retired from the United States Army. Began engineering work on the Pension Office Building, Washington, D.C.

1892, January 2, Died, Washington, D.C.

*Biographical Chronology courtesy the Library of Congress, Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, 1799-1892 (bulk 1849-1892)
Related Materials:
Materials at the Archives Center, National Museum of American History

William R. Hutton Papers (AC0987)

Materials at the National Museum of American History

Several curatorial divisions hold material culture related to Montgomery C. Meigs and include:

Division of Culture and the Arts (now Division of Cultural and Community Life)

Armed Forces History (Division of Political and Military History)

Division of Home and Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life)

Division of Medicine and Science

Division of Work and Industry

Materials at Other Organizations

Library of Congress, Manuscript Division

Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, 1799-1892 (bulk 1849-1892)

Army officer, engineer, architect, and scientist. Correspondence, diaries and journals, notebooks, family papers, military papers, drawings and plans, scrapbooks, and other papers relating primarily to Meigs's work in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, his service as Quartermaster General during the Civil War, and family matters.
Provenance:
Parts of the collection were donated by Dr. Paul L. Smith on January 8, 1971 and Mr. and Mrs. Mayo S. Stuntz on March 8, 1974. Other sources are unknown.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Bridges -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Architecture -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Civil engineers  Search this
Civil engineering  Search this
Architects  Search this
Tunnels  Search this
Reservoirs -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Water-supply  Search this
Washington Aqueduct  Search this
Engineering  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Hydraulic structures  Search this
Engineers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings -- 19th century
Albums
Clippings -- 1850-1900
Photographs -- 19th century
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0984
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e649874c-9c6e-415a-a930-ead48c870f68
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0984
Online Media:

Project Files, circa 1930-2010

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations  Search this
Subject:
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Smithsonian Business Ventures  Search this
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center  Search this
Post Office Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Renwick Gallery Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Quadrangle Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Facilities Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Facilities Planning and Engineering Services  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Design and Construction  Search this
Physical description:
190.68 cu. ft. (159 record storage boxes) (72 blueprint storage tubes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Compact discs
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Floor plans
Sketches
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Microfiche
Microfilms
Date:
1930
1930-2010
circa 1930-2010
Topic:
Buildings--Repair and reconstruction  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Smithsonian buildings  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 09-200
See more items in:
Project Files circa 1930-2018 [Smithsonian Facilities]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_383273

Exterior View of General Post Office Building

Creator:
Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917  Search this
Subject:
Post Office Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Cyanotypes (photographic prints); 8h x 10w
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1880
1880s
Topic:
Photography  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [2890]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_308358

Collection Records, 1973-1988

Creator:
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Office of the Registrar  Search this
Subject:
Jenkins, Suzanne C  Search this
Post Office Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Museum Support Center  Search this
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Sketches
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Floor plans
Manuscripts
Date:
1973
1973-1988
Topic:
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Facility management  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00841
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Collection Records 1973-1988 [National Portrait Gallery (U.S.) Office of the Registrar]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_225872

Building Construction Records, 1916-

Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Subject:
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Post Office Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Central Market, Washington, D.C  Search this
Physical description:
5.3 linear meters and 15 oversize drawers
Type:
Photographs
Architectural drawings
Date:
1916
1916-
Topic:
Peacock Room  Search this
Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU401003
Restrictions & Rights:
These records are located in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Building Construction Records 1916- [Freer Gallery of Art]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217664

Figure Study for Mural in Post Office Building, Washington, D.C., (painting)

Title:
Figure Study for Post Office Murals, (painting)
Painter:
Lockwood, Ward 1894-1963  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Mural
Owner/Location:
University of Kansas Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art 1301 Mississippi Street Lawrence Kansas 66045
Date:
Ca. 1935-1937
Topic:
Study  Search this
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Control number:
IAP 15930149
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_409229

Figure Study for Mural in Post Office Building, Washington, D.C., (painting)

Painter:
Lockwood, Ward 1894-1963  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Mural
Topic:
Figure  Search this
Study  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8B360017
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_409295

Figure Study for Mural in Post Office Building, Washington, D.C., (painting)

Painter:
Lockwood, Ward 1894-1963  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Mural
Topic:
Figure  Search this
Study  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8B360018
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_409296

Figure Study for Mural in Post Office Building, Washington, D.C., (painting)

Painter:
Lockwood, Ward 1894-1963  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Mural
Topic:
Figure  Search this
Study  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8B360019
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_409297

Figure Study for Mural in Post Office Building, Washington, D.C., (painting)

Painter:
Lockwood, Ward 1894-1963  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Paintings-Mural
Topic:
Figure  Search this
Study  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8B360020
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_409298

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