Geo. Gregory Smart collection of Washington and Mount Vernon ephemera
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 a prominent antique collector and dealer. 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.
- 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
Part of the Special Collections at The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon Repository
PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121