Fayette B. Tower papers, 1776-1891

Extent: 2 boxes (1 regular document case, one oversize)
Fayette B. Tower worked as an engineer on the Croton Aqueduct, the water distribution system constructed between 1837 and 1842 to bring fresh water from the Croton River in Westchester County to a reservoir in New York City. This collection primarily includes correspondence to his family while a child at boarding school, and later from his post on the Croton Aqueduct. It also includes family mementos such as school copy books and genealogical documents.

Scope and Content
This collection includes material collected by Fayette B. Tower’s descendants by his marriage to his second wife, Anne Phelps. The bulk of the material is correspondence set by Fayette to his mother and eldest brother, with some correspondence between other family members. The rest of the collection is comprised of family mementos such as school books, sketches, journals, writings, and some business documents. The majority of the material relates to family matters, with some documentation of Tower’s work on the Croton Aqueduct. The material dates from the late 19th century to late 19th century, with the bulk dating from the 1830s – early 1840s

Series I: Correspondence (1829-1845)
Sub-series A: Correspondence from Fayette B. Tower (1829-1843)
Sub-series B: Other family members (1831-1845)
Series II: Fayette B. Tower – personal materials (1822-1842)
Series III: Tower and Phelps family personal and genealogical materials (1776-1891)

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