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Butler's House, Mount Vernon., 1884-1894

 Item — Box: HPC - Cabinet Card - Box 2
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.


  • 1884-1894


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


Custodial History

Cardboard mount: 6 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in. (16.4 cm x 10.7 cm); Photographic print: 5 13/16 in. x 3 7/8 in. (14.8 cm x 9.9 cm)

Physical Description

Cabinet card of view from Mansion circle towards south lane. The circle storehouse [Butler's House] appears closest to the circle followed by the smokehouse, wash house and stable further down the lane (south). The following text is printed onto the reverse of the cardboard mount: Butler's House, Mount Vernon. Showing, near the Butler's House, and fenced around, the celebrated Magnolia Tree, planted by Washington in the year of his death, 1799. The leaves of this tree have been taken as mementoes to every part of the civilized globe. 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.

Repository Details

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

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