Avery Drawings & Archives Collections

Edward Tuckerman Potter papers, 1864-1965

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 8408892 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Potter, Edward Tuckerman, 1831-1904
Title Edward Tuckerman Potter papers, 1864-1965
Physical Description 1 print box; 1 manuscript box; 1 box (clam-shell)
Language(s) English .

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.



This collection is arranged in two series: Series I: Personal Papers; Series II: Personal Papers


Scope and Content

The collection is made up of correspondence, photographs, ephemera, Potter's musical compositions, architectural sketches and some photographs of projects. The projects include residences as well as St. John's Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida and The First Dutch Reform Church in Schenectady, NY.

Publication Date


Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Permission to publish must be obtained in writing from the Director, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Ave., MC 0301, New York, NY 10027.

Preferred Citation

Edward Tuckerman Potter papers, 1864-1965, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Related Material

Edward T. Potter Architectural Drawings, University of Florida Smathers Libraries, Special and Area Studies Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number--1973.010.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Maggie Long (Archives Intern) under the guidance of Shelley Hayreh, Archivist of Drawings & Archives, Avery Library, in December 2010.

Revision Description

2011-03-23 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Church buildings -- Florida -- Jacksonville Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Church buildings -- New York (State) -- Schenectady Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Potter, Edward Tuckerman, 1831-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Edward Tuckerman Potter was born on September 25, 1831 in Schenectady, New York. He was the son of Bishop Alonzo Potter. Potter was a 1853 graduate of Union College in Schenectady. After his graduation, he studied architecture under Richard Upjohn and eventually worked for Upjohn from 1854 to 1856. After leaving Upjohn, Potter opened his own practice in Schenectady. An ecclesiastical specialist, Potter designed churches, particularly Episcopalian churches, in New York, New England, Florida, and other regions of the country.

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Series I: Personal Papers

Box 01 Folder 01 Correspondence, 1864-1905, 1965

Correspondents include:

William Payne to Rev. Henshaw; E.T. Potter to "Lawrence"; Herbert Spencer to E.T. Potter; Phillips Brook to E.T. Potter; C.N.P. to Ned Letterhead; A.R. Parson to Mr. R. Wagner-Baireuth; E.T. Potter to Mrs. Colt; E.T. Potter to Mrs. Howard Nott Potter; Frances, E. Ward to E.T. Potter; Frances E. Ward to E.T. Potter; E.T. Potter to and from John Shendan Zelie; E.T. Potter to Mrs. C.L.F. Robinson and Mrs. Allyn Cox.

Box 01 Folder 02 Office papers, 1864

Office papers of McDonald & Clinton.

Box 01 Folder 03 New Year's List, 1870

Box 01 Folder 04 Subject and Results of Study, ca. 1890s

Tentative list of E.T. Potter's Subjects and Results of Study to Feb. 1, 1898. Additional misc. project notes 1897 and most notes undated.

Box 01 Folder 05 List of Architectural Works, undated

Box 01 Folder 06 Musical compositions., 1879-1899

Misc. pertaining to E.T. Potter's musical compositions.

Box 01 Folder 07 List of musical and architectural works, undated

Penciled copy of ETP's own penciled list in his book of musical works and architectural works.

Box 01 Folder 08 Xitria , 1860-1903

Notes made at various times 1860-1899. Dissertation by Potter dated May 13, 1903.

Box 01 Folder 09 Photograph of E.T. Potter, 1869

Box 01 Folder 10 Miscellaneous Papers, undated

"The Rev. Elipahlet Notts 3rd wife and the one who helped ETP was Miss Urania E. Sheldon married Aug 8, 1842", and 3 copies of an unsigned handwritten poem with sketch.

Box 01 Folder 11 Engagement book, 1901

Box 01 Folder 13 Postcards, undated

Unaddressed postcards of Totnes, Old Gateway, Tatnes Guildhall, Totnes, East Gate. Also includes one handwritten note.

Box 01 Folder 14 Newspaper clipping, 1962

One newspaper clipping of Mark Twain's home in Hartford, Connecticut dated Aug. 26, 1962.

Box 01 Folder 15 Union College (Schenectady, NY), 1963

1 copy of the "Union College Symposium, Winter 1963; "Note: see page 9."

Box 01 Folder 16 Letters to the Editor, 1905

A. J. Bloom letter to the editor of NY Daily Tribune regarding E.T.Potter, 1 letter to the editor dated 1889 by 'ART', 1 article undated by Dr. Harold A. Larrabee titled"A Jamesian Adventure Revealed".

Series II: Professional Papers

Box 01 Folder 17 Typewritten lists of published works, 1871, 1898

Also includes one receipt dated 1871.

Box 01 Folder 18 Photograph of Organ, undated

Organ designed by Potter

Box 01 Folder 19 The Cedars (RI), 1871-1889

Includes sketchbook, list of family portraits at the Cedars, one b/w photograph with inscription on back-"The Cedars-Newport, RI- as modelled by E.T. Potter".

Box 01 Folder 20 Nutwood Residence, undated

5 photographs: 2-west front, 1-east front, 1-west lawn, 1-east lawn-north.

Box 01 Folder 21 Concentrated Residences, ca. 1880s-1890s

Box 02 Folder 01 The First Dutch Reform Church (Schenectady, NY), 1948

Schenectady-Union Star newspaper clipping on the church being destroyed by fire. Also includes 3 b/w photographs (dated Feb. 1948) of destroyed church.

Box 02 Folder 02 St. John's Cathedral (Jacksonville, FL), undated

Handwritten note: "Ch. Built by Edward T. Potter at Hartford, Conn.- Church of the Good Shepherd, design c-1870? This is St. John's Cathedral, Jacksonville, Fla. S.B.L."

Box 02 Folder 03 Portable Rooms, undated

Includes misc. studies, drafts, sketches. Also included, patent materials for portable rooms and other inventions.

Box 02 Folder 04 Tenement House Studies, 1866-1898, 1900

Box 03 Photo Album of Capitals, undated

Inscribed by Sarah Landau, 1974, "These are the capitals of the Banker's screen is the First Reformed Dutch Church, Schenectady, NY. (Potter, arch)"

Box 03 Ledger Book, ca. 1890s

Box 03 Cash Book, 1867-1868