Butler's House, Mount Vernon, 1884-1894
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.
- Dillon, Luke C., 1836-1904 (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: 147 Linear Feet (Variety of container sizes based on photograph sizes and material types. Over-sized items are housed in drawers.)
Language of Materials
Stereoscopic view of the circle storehouse [Butler's House] from the Mansion circle. A hitching post is positioned along the circle. A view down the south lane shows a portion of the smoke house, wash house and stable [barn]. Mounted on orange board. The photographer's imprint on the front of cardboard mount reads: N. G. Johnson, Photographer, 309 9th St., Washington D. C. Only Authorized Publisher of Mount Vernon Views. A label affixed the reverse read: Butler's House, Smoke House and "Cabin," with Barn in the Distance, Mt. Vernon, Showing near the Butler's House, and fenced around, the celebrated Magnolia Tree planted by Washington in the year of his death, 1799. The leaves of this tree have been taken as mementoes to every part of the civilized globe. Copyright by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Union Association. Luke C. Dillon, Authorized Photographer, Office at Pullman's Gallery, 935 Penna. Avenue, Washington City, D. C.
6 15/16 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
- Circle Storehouse, Clerk's Quarters and Paint Cellar Subject Source: Local sources
- Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) Subject Source: Naf
- Photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- South Lane Subject Source: Local sources
- Stereographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms