Washington's Family Dining Room, 1880
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: 1880
- From the Collection: Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union (Organization)
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 interior view of the southeast corner of the Small Dining Room at Mount Vernon. The caption provided by the photographer is incorrect. In 1880, the room was in the care of South Carolina not Rhode Island. Printed label on the reverse reads: Washington's Family Dining Room, The Ceiling, Fireplace and walls, are [j]ust (sp) as they were in the time of Washington. The room is now used for the reception of visitors, and is in the care of R.I.
Cardboard mount: 6 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in. (16.4 cm x 10.7 cm); Photographic print: 5 7/16 in. x 3 7/8 in. (13.8 cm x 9.85 cm)