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Anthony Walton White Evans Correspondence

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Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 27 Mar 2013

Biographical History

Anthony Walton White Evans (1817-1886) was an American civil engineer. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnicm he served as assistant engineer on the Erie Canal, assistant on the construction of a branch of the New York and Harlem Railroad, and chief engineer for construction of railroads in Chile and Peru. Upon returning to the United States in 1860 he became a successful consulting engineer and later president of the United States Petroleum Company and the Spuyten Duyvil Rolling Mill.

The Montezuma swamp later became the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, a major resting area for waterfowl and other waterbirds on their journeys to and from nesting areas in northeastern and east-central Canada.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Anthony Walton White Evans Correspondence consists of a letter from civil engineer Anthony Walton White Evans to William Paterson, describing his work surveying the Montezuma and Cayuga swamps in central New York. The letter reads, in part:

I believe I told you in my last that the state had ordered our party to make a survey of the Montezuma and Cauga [Cayuga] marshes. Now this same survey is by far the worst and most laborious job that the states have in their gift.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Subject Headings


Evans, Anthony Walton White, 1817-1886.
Paterson, William, 1817-1899.


Surveying -- New York (State)


Erie Canal (N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms



Surveyors -- New York (State)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Anthony Walton White Evans Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2013.

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