State Dining Room, Mount Vernon., 1878-1883
Scope and Contents
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.
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
Stereoscopic interior view of the New Room. Mounted on orange board. The publisher's imprint on the front of the cardboard mount reads: N. G. Johnson, Photographer, 309 9th St., Washington, D. C. Only Authorized Publisher of Mount Vernon Views. The label adhered on the reverse reads: State Dining Room, Mt. Vernon Mansion, Or Banquet Hall in which Washington gave his State Dinners, displaying Peal's [Rembrandt Peale] painting of "Washington before Yorktown," the Model of the "Bastile" which was made from one of the old stones of which the Prison was built, and the interesting old relic, the "Mayflower Chair," with its old fashioned straight back, and antiquated appearance, which was brought over in the ship Mayflower, 1620. N. G. Johnson, Photographer, 426 7th St., Washington, D. C.
6 7/8 in. x 3 7/16 in.
- Albumen prints Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Card photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Mansion Interiors Subject Source: Local sources
- Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) Subject Source: Naf
- New Room Subject Source: Local sources
- Photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Stereographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms