LaFayette's 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.
- Johnson, N. G. (Newton G.) (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 interior view of the blue room taken from the doorway towards the fireplace along the north wall. Yellow label adhered to the reverse of the cardboard mount reads: LaFayette's Room, So called in consequence of its having been occupied by General LaFayette when visiting Washington at Mt. Vernon. Copyright by the Mount Vernon Association. The curators at Mount Vernon have disproved Lafayette's stay in the room and have accordingly attributed an alternate room.
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 5/8 in. (13.8 cm x 9.2 cm)
- Albumen prints Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Blue Room Subject Source: Local sources
- Cabinet photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Card photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Mansion Interiors Subject Source: Local sources
- Mount Vernon (Va.) Subject Source: Naf
- Photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms