Copy Photograph, Mount Vernon Mansion, Central Passage to Little Parlor, Undated
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.
- 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
Black and white, horizontal copy photograph of the Mansion's central passage looking through to the little parlor. Text on reverse reads: "American women preserve nation's chief shrine. WP-15. Music played an important part in the life of the Mount Vernon household. The harpsichord, which Washington ordered from London, stnads today where it did when his beloved foster-daughter, Nellie Custis, played for him. Returned by Nellie's descendants, it was the first of a steadily growing collection of Washington memorabilia that the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union has acquired by gift, loan or purchase. 53-4831."
Photograph: 8 in. x 10 in.