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Untitled [Central Passage], 1895

 Item — Box: HPC - Cabinet Card - Box 1
Identifier: HPC - Cabinet Cards

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.


  • Creation: 1895


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

Cabinet card of the central passage in the Mansion at Mount Vernon. View towards staircase and west entrance. Pillars added for support. A relic case situated near the west door is protected by a railing. A case displaying one of Washington's swords hangs next to the pillar at far right. The key to the Bastille hangs in a small case on the opposite wall. A handwritten note on the reverse reads: Presented by Free Library of Phila., February 1938. Their date "early 1890s", see file "Accessions Misc."


Cardboard mount: 7 in. x 5 in. (17.85 cm x 12.8 cm); Photographic print: 6 1/8 in. x 4 in. (15.65 cm x 10.1 cm)

Repository Details

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

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