James Dakin papers
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.
- Other: Majority of material found in 1816-1850
- Dakin, James H. (Person)
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.
Language of Materials
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.
Collection processed in 1975.
- Belcher, Joannah.
- Belcher, Jonathan.
- Dakin, James H.
- Scully, Arthur.
- Architects -- Louisiana -- New Orleans Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Architecture -- Louisiana -- New Orleans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Indexes (reference sources) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Legal files Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Minute books Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
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- LAC Group
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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