Guide to the United States Capitol Dome Drawings

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1010
Creators:
Walter, Thomas Ustick, 1804-1887
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Dates:
1855-1862
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.3 cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
The collection consists of 146 salt-paper prints (structural and decorative details) of the United States Capitol Dome, between 1855 and 1862. Dimensions range from 6 ¾" x 9 ½" to 17 1/8" x 10".

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection is comprised of 146 salt print photographic copies of original drawings of the United States Capitol dome. Salt print paper was the first and most common photo paper between 1839 and 1860. The prints document both structural and decorative details of the dome. The prints are arranged in chronological order.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged into one series.
Series 1, United States Capitol Dome Drawings, 1855-1862

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The United State Capitol dome is situated above the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The Capitol dome was designed by Thomas Ustick Walter (1804-1887), the fourth Architect of the Capitol. Walter was responsible for adding the north (Senate) and south (House) wings and the central dome of the Capitol from 1854 to 1866. The original dome, built in 1824, was made of wood. It was considered a fire hazard and was not big enough to complement the Capitol building's growing size.[1]
[1] http://www.aoc.gov/cc/capitol/dome.cfm (accessed on April 9, 2010)

Administration
Processing Information
Kendra Ciccone (intern), April, 2010; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.
Existence and Location of Originals
The original drawings exist in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol. See: http://www.aoc.gov/cc/capitol/dome.cfm.
Author
Kendra Ciccone
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was purchased in 1984 by the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, National Museum of American History (then called the National Museum of History and Technology), from Walter Grossman.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.
Preferred Citation
United States Capitol Dome Drawings, dates, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred in 2007 to the Archives Center from the Division of Work and Industry (formerly the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering).

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Salted paper prints Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Copy photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Domes Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives