Archives of American Art

Thomas Ustick Walter papers

Collection ID:
Walter, Thomas Ustick, 1804-1887
Physical Description:
20 Linear feet
(on 19 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers documenting Ustick's work in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Venezuela, and other locations, and include detailed information on Girard College, Philadelphia, and the U.S. Capitol Building. Included are letters from Randolph Rogers, Robert Mills, and M.C. Meigs regarding the Capitol.
Scope and Contents
Diaries include entries about meetings Ustick attended, and sometimes financial information and drawings; 21 volumes of letterbooks indexed by Walter include personal and professional letters; and account books of specific projects and of general topics.
Scope and Contents
Bound manuscripts titled "Notes on Architecture, 1830," and "Notes on the Executive Mansion repairs"; loose manuscript files on specific projects such as the Chester County Courthouse, the American Institute of Architects, and Girard College; and photographs of 333 of the 503 architectural drawings included in the collection.

Organization is that of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, into the following series: I. Diaries, 1837-1887: Reels 4133-4135. II. Letterbooks, 1844-1887: Reels 4135-4143. III. Account books, 1833-1886: Reels 4144-4146. IV. Bound Manuscripts, 1830-1887: Reel 4146. V. Loose Manuscripts, 1831-1849: Reel 4147. VI. Venezuela & Personal, 1767-1890s: Reel 4148. VII. Capitol & Family Claims, 1794-1890: Reels 4148-4149. VIII. Type Set Reports, Etc., 1840-1900: Reels 4150-4151. IX. Photographs, 1831-1880: Reel 4151.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Architect; Philadelphia, Pa.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 4133-4151 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Microfilmed in 1987 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

More Information
Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
A finding aid to the diaries is on microfilm reel 4133.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Architectural drawing -- 19th century -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture, Modern -- 19th century Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architects -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Girard College Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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