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West Front from - Serpentine Entrance (Bowling Green Gate closed), June 1948

 Item — Box: 19
Identifier: BW-2723

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Historical Photograph Collection is largely comprised of materials created by or for the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Some of the earliest photographs of the estate were created and sold to visitors by the Association as a means of income. Those efforts helped to establish an important collection of 19th century views. The collection spans the 1850s to 2000s and includes over 140 linear feet of analog material providing a visual history of the Mansion, outbuildings, tombs, grounds, events, visitors, collection objects, personnel, and changes throughout the estate.


  • Creation: June 1948


  • Hatch (Photographer, Person)

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.


From the Collection: 89 Linear Feet (Variety of container sizes based on photograph sizes and material types. Over-sized items are housed in drawers.)

Language of Materials


Related Materials

Similar image in Box 19 (with the accession number BW-2723) and the difference between the photos is that the bowling green gate is open.

Physical Description

Black and white photopgraph from the 12-acre field looking east. Pictured is the closed bowling green gate in the foreground and the west front of the Mansion in the distance. The center and right doors of the Mansion appear to be open with silouettes of unidentified men in the doorways.


4 13/16 in. x 4 in.

Processing Information

Accession number 'RP-2108; hoto-6570b' appears on the reverse of the photo.

Repository Details

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

P.O. Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 United States