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Financial Records of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

Identifier: A-FR

Scope and Contents

This collection holds the historic financial records of the MVLA including accounting ledgers, tax documents, insurance papers, receipts, invoices, payroll lists, annual and quarterly budgets, financial statements and reports, policies, contracts, correspondence, and other miscellaneous items. Records in this collection contain information on the Association’s financial accounting, revenue, expenditures, employees and employee benefits, investments, taxes, and other financial concerns. There is a very limited amount pertaining to fundraising efforts and/or private donations, which can be found in the files of Mount Vernon’s development department (currently unprocessed). Bulk date 1870s-2000s.


  • 1858-2015


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Biographical / Historical

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union has owned and operated George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon since purchasing the estate from John Augustine Washington III in 1860. The Association is composed of one Regent and 20-30 Vice Regents who serve as the executive board of this historic home. Each Vice Regent represents a different state and is responsible for fundraising and establishing interest in Mount Vernon within their state. They also make all major decisions concerning preservation, collections, visitor experience, maintenance, and finances at Mount Vernon. The MVLA does not receive any government funding and relies solely on ticket sales and donations to continue operating the site as a tourist destination.

The Regent and Vice Regents assemble twice a year in April and October for Council, their bi-annual meetings, where they hear motions and reports concerning projects or issues at the estate. The Vice Regents also divide into committees focused on different functions and operations that rotate members every few years. Today the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is remembered as the first national organization dedicated to historic preservation in the United States, and as innovators in the field of preservation. The Association remains loyal to its original goals, the restoration and care of Mount Vernon, and educating people all over the world about George Washington’s life and legacy. Mount Vernon is open to visitors 365 days a year. The estate now consists of not only the Mansion and tomb of Washington, but restored gardens, outbuildings, Pioneer Farm, Gristmill, Distillery, museum and orientation center, the National Library for the Study of George Washington, gift shops, food pavilion, and the Mount Vernon Inn restaurant.


approx. 33 Linear Feet (20 paige cartons; 4 Hollinger document boxes, 2 manuscript 11x14 boxes, binders and oversize material flat on shelves)

Language of Materials



The collection is broken down into series based on the type of record. One series, Series 3. General, holds correspondence and subject files relevant to financial matters. Series are mostly organized alphabetically by folder title, then chronologically, but arrangement notes have been added to each for further information. Bound volumes, ledgers, and accounting books are described at the end of the collection in their own series.

List of series: Series 1. Accounting Series 2. Budgets Series 3. General Series 4. Insurance Series 5. Investments Series 6. Reports Series 7. Taxes Series 8. Bound Volumes and Oversize

Related Materials

- Papers of the Superintendent or Resident Director - Papers of the MVLA - Superintendent’s Letter Books, Diaries, and Monthly Reports - Papers of James Rees - Council Minutes and Annual Reports of the MVLA - Publications and Printed Material of the MVLA - Development Files

Financial Records of the MVLA
Rebecca Baird, Archivist
May 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 USA