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A Finding Aid to the Robert Mills family letters, 1813-1847 | Digitized Collection

Robert Mills family letters, 1813-1847

Mills Family

The letters of the Robert Mills Family in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2009. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 187 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft.

Summary: This small collection of Robert Mills family letters date from 1813 to 1847 and measures 0.2 linear feet. Found here are 38 letters between architect Robert Mills and his wife Eliza, the majority of which were written between 1813 and 1819, and generally discuss family news and health, his travels, finances, and their affection for each other. Also found are a fragment of a letter to Mills from his sister, Sarah, a letter to Mills from his mother-in-law, Ann Smith, and nine letters to Mills from business acquaintances, including architect John Skirving and engineer Louis Wernwag, regarding building projects. The collection also includes six letters to Mills' daughter Anna from her mother, Eliza, and cousins.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Mills (1781-1855) was born in 1781 in Charleston, S.C. and studied architecture. Mills studied at Charleston College and under James Hoban and Benjamin Henry Latrobe. He was a friend of President Thomas Jefferson. Mills was known for design of the Washington Monument, the U.S. Patent Office, and U.S. Treasury, as well as the Washington Monument in Baltimore, Maryland, and hospitals and jails in South Carolina using fireproofing and heating systems he developed.

Provenance

The Mills Family papers were purchased in 1985 from Robert S. Gamble of the Alabama Historical Society.

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Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.