Alexander Jackson Davis Collection

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Alexander Jackson Davis Collection
Creator: Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892
Call Number: D.387
Dates: 1854
Physical Description: 1 item
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Collection Overview
Title: Alexander Jackson Davis Collection
Creator: Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892
Call Number: D.387
Dates: 1854
Physical Description: 1 item
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892) was a notable 19th century American architect, designer and illustrator. Davis was born July 24, 1803, in New York City. Early in his architectural career (1829-1835), Davis partnered with architect and engineer Ithiel Town. In 1839, Davis began a collaboration with architectural theorist A. J. Downing. Davis designed and drew illustrations for Downing's books Cottage Residences (1842), The Architecture of Country Houses (1850), and his journal, The Horticulturist, all of which were instrumental in popularizing the ideas and styles of the picturesque in America.

During the 1840s and 1850s, Davis was America's leading architect of country houses in a variety of picturesque styles. In the late 1850s, Davis worked with his friend, businessman Llewellyn S. Haskell to create Llewellyn Park in West Orange, New Jersey, one of the earliest planned suburbs in America. Following the Civil War, America's architectural tastes changed and Davis' influence waned. He died in West Orange, New Jersey on January 14, 1892.

Scope and Content
This collection consists of the specifications and architectural plans, elevations and sections for a house designed by A. J. Davis for J. G. Lamberson in Jamaica, Long Island, New York in 1854.

There are 11 sheets of printed specifications with manuscript entries throughout and 9 original architectural drawings. Accompanying these materials is a related article from the University of Rochester Library Bulletin, Vol. VIII, No. 1, Autumn 1952 by Marian Card.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--New York--Jamaica
Dwellings
Architecture
Designs and plans
Architectural drawings
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Elizabeth Holahan, 1952.Access
The Alexander Jackson Davis Collection is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Alexander Jackson Davis Collection, D.387, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Additional Resource: A House Plan of 1854 by Marian Card (University of Rochester Library Bulletin, 8:1).


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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