Guide to the Montgomery C. Meigs Papers
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0984
Creators:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892
Dates:
1870 - 1890
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
12.5 Cubic feet
27 boxes
Repository:
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
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
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into two series.
Series 1, Scrapbooks, 1870-1890
Series 2, Photographs, 1850-1885

Biographical / Historical
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)

Administration
Processing Information
Series 1, Scrapbooks, was partially processed by Kyle Windahl, intern, April 2012, supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.
Author
Kyle Windahl.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
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.

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.
Division of Culture and the Arts
Armed Forces History
Division of Home 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.

Custodial History
Custodial History
The book of drawings was donated to the National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History), Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, in 1971 by Dr. Paul L. Smith. The 1974 addendum was donated to the National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History), Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, in 1975 by Mr. and Mrs. Mayo S. Stuntz. It had originally belonged to William R. Hutton. The 1975, 1994, and 2007 addenda were collected by the Division of Engineering and Industry (now called the Division of Work and Industry), National Museum of American History, but the original sources of these collections are unknown. All elements of the collection were transferred to the Archives Center in 2007.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Bridges -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Civil engineers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Civil engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Georgia Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
West Point (N.Y.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architects Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington (D.C.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tunnels Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reservoirs -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water-supply Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington Aqueduct Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hydraulic structures Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engineers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings -- 19th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albums Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 1850-1900 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 19th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pension Building Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Post Office Building (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.) 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