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Anthony Walton White Evans Family papers

Identifier: MC 3

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the A. Walton White Evans Family papers (MC 03) documents the professional life of civil engineer A. Walton White Evans. Correspondence, journals, reports and articles provide documentation of Evans' work as a civil engineer and a consultant on railroad projects from 1838 to 1886.  Family correspondence is dated primarily during the time of Evans' work in Chile and Peru from 1850 to 1860. His letters to his wife Anna are included in a series of her correspondence.The collection also contains a small amount of correspondence between Evans' parents Eliza and Thomas (1800-1815) and between Anna's parents Sarah and John Zimmerman (1841-1850).  Correspondence and records from A. Walton White Evans' grandfather Anthony Walton White and his great-grandfather Anthony White were apparently collected by Walton who had a particular interest in their careers.


  • Created: 1709-1891



12.00 Linear Feet

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This collection documents the professional life of civil engineer  A. Walton White Evans. It also includes personal correspondence and family papers.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in six series. Series I. A. Walton White Evans Papers. A. Letters Received (arranged alphabetically), B. Letters Sent (arranged chronologically), C. Letters Sent to Family (arranged alphabetically), D. Writings which is further divided into two sub-sub series, 1. Research Notes and Drafts (arranged alphabetically) and 2. Published Letters and Articles (arranged chronologically), E. Journals (arranged chronologically), F. Income Books (arranged chronologically) and G. Miscellaneous (arranged alphabetically). Series II. Anna Zimmerman Evans Papers. A. Letters Received (arranged alphabetically)  and B. Letters Sent (arranged alphabetically by recipient). Series III. Evans and Zimmerman Family Letters A. Eliza M. Evans, B. Thomas M. Evans, C. Anita A. Evans, D. Sarah Zimmerman, E. John C. Zimmerman. Series IV. Anthony White Papers (arranged by material). Series V. Anthony Walton White Papers (arranged chronologically). Series VI. Photographs (arranged by form).

Custodial History

Walton Evans' estate passed into the hands of his surviving child Anita Eliza Isabella Evans. She married Philippe Louis von Hemert in Paris on June 24, 1893, but kept the papers at the Sans Souci estate. After her death the papers passed into the hands of her son A.. Philippe von Hemert, who them gifted them to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Archives.

Collection Guide to the Papers of A. Walton White Evans & Family
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute Archives and Special Collections Repository

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