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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
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0984
Online Media:

052, Washington Aqueduct, Bridge Number 5 over College Branch, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1859 May 12
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref140

053, Washington Aqueduct, construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal conduit near tavern at Great Falls, Maryland

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1859 May 10
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref141

054, Washington Aqueduct, construction of conduit beneath the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal at Great Falls, Maryland

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1859 May 10
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref142

055, Washington Aqueduct, gate valves used in water distribution system, in storage yard on Capitol grounds

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1859 [January?] 15
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref143

056, Washington Aqueduct, receiving reservoir dam, Dalecarlia

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1850 May 16
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref144

057, Washington Aqueduct, construction of Potomac River diversion dam at Great Falls, Maryland

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1858 May 10
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref145

058, Washington Aqueduct, floor of the Georgetown high level distribution reservoir

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref146

059, Washington Aqueduct, tunnel and a culvert for small stream

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1857
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref147

060, Washington Aqueduct, stop valves at Capitol Machine Shop yard

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Box 21, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1859 January 15
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref148

061, Washington Aqueduct, 30", 20", 10", 4" stop valves at Capitol Machine Shop

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1859 January 13
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref149

062, Washington Aqueduct, falsework prior to start of bridge construction, finished stones in foreground

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref150

063, Washington Aqueduct, falsework prior to start of bridge construction, finished stones in foreground

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref151

064, Washington Aqueduct, falsework prior to start of bridge construction, finished stones in foreground

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref152

065, Washington Aqueduct, falsework prior to start of bridge construction, finished stones in foreground

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref153

066, Washington Aqueduct, finished Cabin John Bridge from west, wagon train in progress across bridge

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Box 21, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
[circa 1864-1866]
Scope and Contents:
Photograph attributed to photographer, Andrew Jackson Russell.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref154

067, Washington Aqueduct, finished Cabin John Bridge from east

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Box 21, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
[circa 1864-1866]
Scope and Contents:
Photograph attributed to photographer, Andrew Jackson Russell.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref155

068, Washington Aqueduct, finished Cabin John Bridge from east

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 19
Box 21, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
[circa 1864-1866]
Scope and Contents:
Photograph attributed to photographer, Andrew Jackson Russell.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref156

069, Washington Aqueduct, finished Cabin John Bridge from west, wagon train in progress across bridge

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 20
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref157

070, Washington Aqueduct, finished Cabin John Bridge from west, Jefferson Davis's name removed from plaque

Collection Creator:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Russell, Andrew J., 1829-1902  Search this
Container:
Box 20
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers / Series 2: Photographs and Sketches / 2.5: Washington Aqueduct
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0984-ref158

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