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James Dakin papers

 Collection
Identifier: LaRC-286

Scope and Contents

The collection is primarily made up of correspondence of James H. Dakin and his family. Dakin was a prominent architect who designed many significant structures in New Orleans, including the University of Louisiana during the mid nineteenth century, which would later become part of Tulane University. There is an 1843-1845 minute book of the Louisiana Volunteer Regiment kept by Dakin. Also included is reference material used by author Arthur Scully, Jr. to write James Dakin, Architect-His Career in New York and the South.

Dates

  • 1816-1973
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1816-1850

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

James Harrison Dakin (1806-1852) was a prominent architect that designed many significant structures in New Orleans, including the University of Louisiana during the mid-nineteen century, which would later become part of Tulane University. He worked with James Gallier on Christ's Church and St. Patrick's Church in New Orleans. Dakin was the colonel of the Louisiana Volunteer Regiment during the Mexican-American War. He is one of the founding members of the American Institute of Architects.

Extent

1.00 Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged as follows: James Dakin papers, arranged chronologically; copy of James Dakin, Architect; "Index of Drawings and Lithographs in the James H. Dakin collection at the New Orleans Public Library"; and a card for Mrs. Clifford Alonzo King. The collection consists of one box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Blanche W. King.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1975.

Title
Archon Finding Aid Title
Author
LAC Group
Date
04/07/2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US