Land Records of the MVLA
Scope and Contents
This small collection contains records concerning land gifts, purchases, and easements obtained by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Types of records include deeds, memorandums, signed agreements, land plats, maps, drawings, and correspondence. The material dates from 1858 to 2006, however there is some information on Washington family property that dates from the 1830s (the originals of these items were removed and replaced with photocopies in 2001).
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to research during scheduled appointments. Researchers must complete the Washington Library’s Special Collections and Archives Registration Form before access is provided. According to the policies of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, certain records in the archives may only be available for research 30 years after creation or file date. The library reserves the right to restrict access to items for preservation purposes.
Biographical / Historical
Since its original purchase of 200 acres of land at Mount Vernon in 1858, the MVLA has increased its acreage significantly through purchases and gifts. The Association has also worked to secure scenic easements to preserve the historic integrity of the area surrounding Washington’s home, including neighboring residential districts and property across the Potomac River in Maryland. The addition of land has allowed the MVLA to build essential administrative and operational facilities, as well as reconstructions of Washington-era buildings such as the 16-sided barn and the distillery. This extension of property has proven to be imperative in helping the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association fulfill its mission to preserve the home of George Washington and educate the public about his life and legacy.
.083 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger boxes)
Language of Materials
Files in the collection are arranged alphabetically by folder title. All folders were formerly housed in a wooden box with no discernible order. Folder titles in this finding aid appear much the same as the originals, although some have been shortened or simplified.
- Land Records of the MVLA
- Rebecca Baird, Archivist
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description