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New Jersey Room, Mount Vernon Mansion., 1880

 Item — Box: HPC - Cabinet Card - Box 2
Identifier: RP-231 ; Photo-5234

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: 1880


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


Related Materials

Same as cabinet card RP-88 ; PG-5007 - DA_001081

Physical Description

Cabinet card of interior view of the blue room taken from the doorway towards the fireplace along the north wall. Text printed directly onto the reverse of the cardboard mount reads (printed upside down): New Jersey Room, Mount Vernon Mansion. LaFayette's Room, so called in consequence of its having been occupied by General LaFayette when visiting Washington at Mount Vernon. Copyright by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Union Association. Luke C. Dillon, Authorized Photographer, Office at Pullman's Gallery, 935 Penna. Avenue, Washington City, D. C. The curators at Mount Vernon have disproved Lafayette's stay in the room and have accordingly attributed an alternate room. Identical image taken by N. G. Johnson in 1880, it appears Dillon has reprinted under his name.


Cardboard mount: 6 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in. (16.4 cm x 10.7 cm); Photographic print: 5 11/16 in. x 3 15/16 in. (14.1 cm x 9.95 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