Pennsylvania Room, Mt. Vernon Mansion, 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.
- Creation: 1878-1883
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
Interior view of the northeast corner in the Lafayette room at Mount Vernon, circa 1878. The view includes the fireplace, a portion of the bedstead, and other furnishings. Mounted on orange board. The publisher's imprint on the front of the stereograph 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: Pennsylvania Room, Mt. Vernon Mansion, A guest chamber in Washington's time containing furniture used by Washington at his Headquarters at Morristown, N. J., including his writing desk. Contrary to the attribution on the reverse of the card, the slant-front writing desk was given to Mount Vernon with a history of having been owned by George Washington. There is, however, no evidence to substantiate this claim.
6 15/16 in. x 3 7/16 in.