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Historic manuscript collection

Identifier: SC-HMC

Scope and Contents

This collection of historic manuscripts dates from 1607-1933, with the bulk of materials dating from 1738-1868. The correspondence, journals and diaries, legal and financial records, estate documents, and printed ephemera in the collection primarily relate to the Washington and Custis families, the Revolutionary War, and society life in antebellum Washington D.C. and Virginia.

Portions of this collection have been digitized, as noted in the item-level descriptions.


  • 1601-1933

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.


approx. 60 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into three series: Series 1. Documents and Manuscripts; Series 2. Ledgers and Bound Manuscripts; Series 3. Oversized Documents and Manuscripts. Each series is arranged in chronological order by date.

Custodial History

Items in this collection were acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Materials are added to the collection as they are acquired.

Historic manuscript collection
In Progress
April 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
  • Inventory
  • Preservation Assessment

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections at The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121