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Guide to the Alexander Jackson Davis Architectural Drawing Collection
 PR 16

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 27, 2018
Finding aid written in English.

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Use Restrictions

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to:

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The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as: Alexander J. Davis Architectural Drawing Collection, PR 016, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials Note

There is a broadside advertising Davis' services as an architect in the Bella Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera (PR 31). Lithographs by Anthony Imbert from drawings by Davis are in the Printmaker File (PR 058.) An album of drawings presented to Davis by John Trumbell is in the Architects and Engineers File (PR 003.) A photograph of the Coles Residence (now demolished) can be found in the Tiemann Collection (PR xxx). The Manuscript Department at the New-York Historical Society has a list of Davis' architectural books, ca. 10 drawings, and some correspondence. The Department of Painting, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts has ca. 30 drawings by Davis, most for illustrations in the New-York Mirror in the 1820s.

Other large collections of Davis material are at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library.


675 drawings were donated by Samuel V. Hoffman, 1927. Litchfield Villa drwaings, gift of Edward S. Litchfield, 1976. Additional donors noted in respository.