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Richard X. Evans collection 1

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-710101
The Richard X. Evans Collection consists of family papers of or relating to the Smith, Mills, Dimitry, and Evans families. The bulk of the earliest material deals with the professional and private life of Robert Mills (1781-1855), who was State Engineer and Architect of South Carolina (1820-1830), Architect of Public Buildings of the United States (1836-1851), and designer of many houses and monuments, among them the Washington monuments of Baltimore and the District of Columbia. Alexander Dimitry (1805-1883) is the subject of the second major group of family records.

Consisting of 7 boxes of approximately 3.5 linear feet in length, the collection contains correspondence, printed ephemera, official documents, photographs, autographs, newspaper clippings, and various other items. Its usefulness will be most readily apparent to genealogists, although there is much of broader historical value and interest to be found in the collection as well. The areas that might yield the most in terms of quantity of documents are Robert Mills' endeavors with regard to the Baltimore and D.C. Washington monuments; Alexander Dimitry's term as Minister in Managua; and Thomas dabney Dimitry's (1850-193?) activities as an officer of the Sons of the American Revolution. There are also some letters and articles of Charles Patton Dimitry (1837-1910). The remainder of the material in this collection consists of papers of various of Alexander Dimitry's 10 children; principally Thomas Dabney Dimitry (1850-193?). Finally, there is a wealth of genealogical material relating to the Mills, Dimitry, and Evans families, mostly compiled by Richard X. Evans.

Dates

  • 1752-1976

Extent

4.25 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Biographical notes

Robert Mills (1781-1855), who was State Engineer and Architect of South Carolina (1820-1830), Architect of Public Buildings of the United States (1836-1851), and designer of many houses and monuments, among them the Washington monuments of Baltimore and the District of Columbia.

Alexander Dimitry (1805-1883) is the subject of the second major group of family records. A Georgetown alumnus (M.A. 1832), Dimitry was a scholar, educator, and diplomat. In 1835, he married Mary Powell Mills, daughter of Robert Mills. Returning from Washington, D.C. in 1842 to his native New Orleans, Dimitry founded his own school which he headed until he was made the first superintendent of education of Louisiana in 1847. From 1859 until his resignation (prompted by the secession of Louisiana in 1861), Alexander Dimitry served as Minister Resident to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. His last public office appears to have been Assistant Postmaster-General of the Confederacy.

Richard X. Evans is a descendant of Robert Mills (1781-1855) through his paternal line. His great-great grandfather, Dr. John Evans (1812-1861) married Robert Mills' daughter Sarah Zane in 1835. Sometime around 1861, John Evans' son Richard Joseph married Marie Anais Denise de Lagarde, a granddaughter of Alexander and Mary Mills Dimitry.

Provenance

Richard X. Evans presented this collection to Georgetown University at various times between 1971 and 1976.
Title
Richard X. Evans collection 1
Status
completed
Author
Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
Date
1977
Description rules
local practice
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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