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The Home of Washington Illustrated. No. 12; Mansion, West Front., 1866-1875

 Item — Box: HPC - Stereograph - Box 1
Identifier: 2019-VR-002

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.


  • 1866-1875


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


Physical Description

Stereoscopic view of the west front of the Mansion from the bowling green. Stereograph is part of a series of views 'The home of Washington Illustrated,' created by photographer Alexander Gardner, 1866-1875. Gardner was contracted by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association to create views of the estate to be sold by the Association. This stereograph is No. 12 of a set of 30 as indicated on the printed list found on the reverse of the card. Gardner creates sets of 10, 30, 40 and 45 views. Some of the images are repeated throughout the series. The date 'Mar. 28th '74' is penciled on the reverse.


6 7/8 in. x 3 3/8 in.

Repository Details

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

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