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Geo. Gregory Smart collection of Washington and Mount Vernon ephemera

Identifier: 2016-SC-038

Scope and Contents

Ephemera collected by Geo. Gregory Smart related to the memory and popular image of George Washington. The collection includes postcards, calendars, cigar boxes covers, stamps and first day covers, programs for anniversary events, books and pamphlets, hat stands, billheads, stationary, cartes-de-visite, playing cards, and puzzles. Some items are catchy such as a hat stand touting the motto “friends you can hang your hat on,” while others are designed to be more educational such as grade-school primers or the story of the presidents from the makers of Planters peanuts.


  • 1793-2017, undated

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.

Biographical / Historical

George Gregory “Greg” Smart is an academic and writer. A graduate and Scholar of the House of Yale University, he has presented to the Ephemera Society of America on several occasions regarding his research on Rufus Porter, the Native American in popular culture, and George Washington ephemera. He currently resides in Connecticut.


4.83 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The contents are arranged by theme and chronologically.

  • Ephemera Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
Guide to the Geo. Gregory Smart Collection of Washington and Mount Vernon ephemera
Angelica Yost, Assistant for Library Operations
July 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121