Correspondence, drafts of essays and speeches, drawings, and autobiographical writings of Alexander Jackson Davis. Letters to Davis and some misc. papers, 1835-59, chiefly about building residences. The correspondents include Francis H. Smith of the Virginia Military Institute, Joel Rathbone, W.J. Rotch, and H.K. Harral. Collection also includes numerous examples of autobiographical writing, and notes and essays on the philosophy of architecture, all in draft form, many scribbled in pencil on the backs of advertisements or old letters. A few letters and drafts are written in letterhead from New York University. Collection is arranged into three series: 1. Correspondence, 1837-1862. 2. Notes, drafts, and drawings, undated. 3. Newspapers and specification book, 1875-1888.
Alexander Jackson Davis was a successful New York City architect.