Mount Vernon Mansion, Blue Bedchamber, 1935, bulk: circa 1870
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.
- Modified: 1935
- Majority of material found within circa 1870
- Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882 (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
Black and white horizontal image made from a single pane of a stereograph glass plate negative. View of the north wall in the Mansion's Blue Room. Copy photograph made in 1935 of original plate created c. 1870.
Photograph: 4 in. x 4 1/2 in. Overall: 6 1/4 in. x 5 7/8 in.