End View - Butlers House, Dining Room [Kitchen] & House, 1872-1875
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.
- Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882 (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: 89 Linear Feet (Variety of container sizes based on photograph sizes and material types. Over-sized items are housed in drawers.)
Language of Materials
Cabinet card of Mansion from the south lawn - the porch and balustrade are missing. View includes the smokehouse, circle storehouse [Butler's House], dairy, kitchen (during this time used as a dining room for visitors), and south colonnade. A handwritten caption on the front border reads: 'End view Butlers House, Dining Room & House.' The following text is printed on the reverse of the cardboard mount: From Gardner's Gallery, 921 Penna. Ave. Washington, D. C. Several handwritten notes on the reverse: 'Josephine E. Andrews' and 'Presented to M. V. L. A. by Mrs. Anna A. Andrews, 44 Linden Park, Buffalo, N. Y., May 1933.'
Cardboard mount: 6 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in.; Photograph: 5 7/8 in. x 4 in.
- Circle Storehouse, Clerk's Quarters and Paint Cellar Subject Source: Local sources
- Dairy Subject Source: Local sources
- Kitchen Subject Source: Local sources
- Mansion exterior Subject Source: Local sources
- Mount Vernon (Va.) Subject Source: Naf
- Smokehouse Subject Source: Local sources
- South Lane Subject Source: Local sources