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Robert Mills Papers

Identifier: SEAA-028

Scope and Contents

This collection includes personal and professional correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, and sketches. Correspondence items include letters from Mills biographer, Helen M.P. Gallagher to collection donor Moise H. Goldstein, letters from Mills’ sister Sarah Lusher and his mother Ann Smith Mills, and letters to his daughter Mary P. Dimitry with a note by daughter Jacqueline. Mills’ diary containing the manuscript for Manuel (sic) on Rail Roads, the incomplete “Works of Robert Mills”, and sketches of towns and subjects in South Carolina, as well as a treatise called The Tuscan Order are maintained. Many of the documents in the collection were transcribed in Pamela Scott’s microfilm project, Guide to the Papers of Robert Mills.


  • 1802-1919


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is the physical property of Tulane University Special Collections. Copyright belongs to the creators or their legal heirs and assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or owner’s heir for permission to publish where Tulane University Special Collections does not hold the copyright. For further information, please contact Research Services at

Biographical / Historical

Robert Mills (1781-1855), is considered to be the first native-born professional architect in the United States.


2.58 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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This collection is arranged into two series: Series 1: Diaries, Correspondence, and Related Materials; Series 2: Manuscripts, Sketches, and Transcripts.

Custodial History

Papers were acquired in the early 1900s by New Orleans architect Moise H. Goldstein, perhaps from Mill’s grandson, Thomas Dabney Dimitry of New Orleans. They were definitely in his possession by 1916, as letters preserved in the collection testify. Goldstein gave the papers to Howard-Tilton Library in 1948. They were eventually placed with the Manuscripts Department, and then transferred to SEAA in 1980.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US