President Edvard Benĕs of Czechoslovakia Signs Guestbook at Mount Vernon, May 14, 1943
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: May 14, 1943
- Rowe, Abbie, 1905-1967 (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
From the Collection: English
Black and white photographic print; President Edvard Benĕs of Czechoslovakia signs the guestbook in the central passage of the Mansion. In the background are members of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association: Miss Billups (Vice Regent for Mississippi), Miss Failing (Vice Regent for Oregon), Mrs. Denham (Vice Regent for Florida), Mrs. Loughborough (Vice Regent for Arkansas), Mrs. Hanks (Regent-Wisconsin), and Mrs. Carpenter (Vice Regent for Illinois).
9 1/16 in x 6 15/16 in (23 cm x 17.6 cm)
- Beneš, Edvard, 1884-1948 (Person)
- Billups, Mary Govan, 1874-1971 (Person)
- Failing, Mary Forbush, 1862-1947 (Person)
- Denham, Mary Simkins, 1868-1950 (Person)
- Loughborough, Louise Wright, 1881-1962 (Person)
- Hanks, Mary Esther Vilas, 1873-1959 (Person)
- Carpenter, Harriet Isham, 1869-1948 (Person)
- Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union (Organization)