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Jim Mitchell, April 15, 1870

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: 2017-VR-013

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.


  • April 15, 1870


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

Carte de visite of Jim Mitchell taken in the studio of photographer Alexander Gardner. Mitchell is seated wearing work clothing behind him are studio props including drapery and a piece of furniture with wooden canes or walking sticks propped upon it. Gardner's stamp and a handwritten note appear on the reverse, 'Jim Mitchell formerly servant of the Washington famiy, 83 years old. April 15th 1870, lived at Mt. Vernon since 14 years age.' Photographer's stamp: Gardner, No. 511 7th St., Washington, D.C.


2 7/16 in. x 3 15/16 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