Tomb Books, Floral Tribute Registries
Scope and Contents
Visitors to Mount Vernon have ceremoniously laid wreaths at the graves of George and Martha Washington for many years. This collection of “tomb books,” or registries of floral tributes, record the names and dates of the visitors and special guests who laid wreaths at the tomb. The books are originally kept by Mount Vernon employees who are assigned to watch over the tomb and facilitate the wreath-laying ceremonies. More volumes are expected to eventually be turned over to the MVLA Archives, but currently there are 14 volumes that record wreath-laying information from some years in the 1960s to the 1980s, then into the 2000s.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research during scheduled appointments. Researchers must complete the Washington Library’s Special Collections and Archives Registration Form before access is provided. The library reserves the right to restrict access to certain items for preservation purposes.
Language of Materials
The collection is listed here in chronological order.
- Tomb Books, Floral Tribute Registries. 1967-2010
- Rebecca Baird, Project Archivist
- February 2016
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description