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Robert Mills family letters, 1813-1827

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 feet

Summary: This small collection of Robert Mills family letters date from 1813 to 1847 and measure 0.2 linear feet. Found here are 38 letters between architect Robert Mills and his wife Eliza, two letters to Mills from other family, and nine letters to Mills from business acquaintances, including architect John Skirving and engineer Louis Wernwag. Also found are six letters to Mills' daughter Anna from various family members.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Mills (1781-1855) was born in 1781 in Charleston, South Carolina. As a teenager he studied pattern-books and learned the basics of drafting, and in 1800 he moved to Washington, DC, to work in the office of architect James Hoban. There he met President Thomas Jefferson who recommended Mills to Benjamin Latrobe. He was a pupil and assistant to Latrobe in Philadelphia until 1808, working on many architectural and engineering projects.

Provenance

These letters were purchased from Robert S. Gamble of the Alabama Historical Society in 1985.

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Funding

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