Harrison H. Dodge and Capt. L. L. Blake in Upper Garden, c. 1890
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: c. 1890
- 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
From the Collection: English
Mount Vernon's resident superintendent Harrison H. Dodge stands next to Capt. L. L. (Levi Lowell) Blake who pilots the steamship 'Charles Macalester' on a path in the upper garden. In the distance are additional visitors near an opening in the garden wall that leads to the rose house. The rooftop (taller structure) of the spinning house can be seen above the garden wall. A note on the reverse reads: Gift of Mrs. L. Lowell Blake - 1941
9 3/8 in. x 7 7/16 in. (23.81 cm x 18.89 cm)