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Audio Visual Collection

 Collection
Identifier: A-AVC
Scope and Contents This collection includes audio and video resources related to Mount Vernon, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, and George Washington. Many audio and video recordings in the collection were either produced by, or made in cooperation with, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. However, there are also AV productions made by other institutions, corporations, and media companies. Content includes footage and recordings of events, interviews, lectures, VIP visitors, and views of the estate....
Dates: Majority of material found within 1928-2015

Bushrod Washington family papers

 Collection — Shelf: G:6 - G:7
Identifier: RM-1174
Content Description The Bushrod Washington Family Papers consist of documents gathered by the descendants of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The collection comprises an assortment of correspondence and legal documents documenting the lives and property ownership of several branches of the Washington family. The collection is organized into five series: Correspondence, Legal Documents, Social, Miscellaneous, and Indenture Notices (Land Deeds). The Correspondence series,...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1662-1835

Chapin Collection of Washington & Custis Family Documents

 Collection — Shelf: G:4
Identifier: RM-1201-RM-1202
Scope and Contents This collection consists of papers inherited and collected by Washington family descendants. Many were purchased in 1927 at auction to reunite Washington family correspondence. The collection includes correspondence, financial documents and legal documents that relate primarily to the Custis and Lewis families, but include other items related to Virginia history. Charles and Peter Chapin, the previous owners of this collection, descended from Eleanor Parke Custis and Lawrence Lewis through...
Dates: 1758-1829

Early Records of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

 Collection
Identifier: A-MVLA-ER
Scope and Contents The nucleus of this collection was created from papers given to the Association by Ann Pamela Cunningham around the time of her retirement as Regent. Several other Vice Regents followed her example and later donated their papers as well. These records were referred to as the “Early Records” since the time they were first established as an archival collection. A large portion of this collection is correspondence concerning the founding of the MVLA and the operation of Mount Vernon as a historic...
Dates: 1853 - 1951; Majority of material found within 1853-1875

Elizabeth Bordley Gibson Collection

 Collection — Shelf: A:1 - A:2
Identifier: A-569
Scope and Contents This collection contains correspondence to or from Elizabeth Bordley Gibson, the lifelong friend of Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis. The majority of the collection contains letters to Elizabeth Bordley Gibson from Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis. The correspondence focuses on the Gibson and Lewis families, political events, and the people of Philadelphia. The dates of the material in this collection ranges from 1794-1851, with the bulk of the material dating between 1820-1840. This collection was...
Dates: 1794 -1851

Elswyth Thane Beebe Collection of Washington Family Papers

 Collection — Shelf: G:6
Identifier: RM-710
Content Description This collection includes correspondence between John Augustine Washington III and his mother and wife, as well as other family members, mostly dealing with family matters and running Mount Vernon.
Dates: 1818-1861; Majority of material found in 1840-1850

Emma Read Ball Genealogical Research Files

 Collection
Identifier: A-ERB
Scope and Contents At the time of her death, Mrs. Ball was preparing to publish a book on the life and ancestry of Mary Ball Washington. She struggled during her later years, however, and never completed the project. A portion of the research files she used for this project are represented in this collection. Mount Vernon received this material from Alison Burdick, Vice Regent for Delaware, sometime around March 1965 after she sorted through the collection and weeded some of its content. A report written by Mrs....
Dates: compiled ca. 1911-1912

Esther Maria Lewis Chapin Collection of Washington Family Documents

 Collection — Shelf: G:5-6
Identifier: RM-703
Scope and Contents Scope and Content: This collection was originally assembled by Esther Maria Lewis Chapin, who inherited some of the Washington and Custis papers but was also an avid collector. She reassembled family materials that were being dispersed nationwide, much of which was purchased at Anderson Galleries, sale 22001, 28-29 November 1927. The collection contains correspondence, legal documents, and financial records related primarily to the Custis and Lewis families. Much of the financial and legal...
Dates: 1743-1852

Geo. Gregory Smart collection of Washington and Mount Vernon ephemera

 Collection
Identifier: 2016-SC-038
Scope and Contents Ephemera collected by Geo. Gregory Smart related to the memory and popular image of George Washington. The collection includes postcards, calendars, cigar boxes covers, stamps and first day covers, programs for anniversary events, books and pamphlets, hat stands, billheads, stationary, cartes-de-visite, playing cards, and puzzles. Some items are catchy such as a hat stand touting the motto “friends you can hang your hat on,” while others are designed to be more educational such as grade-school...
Dates: 1793-2017, undated

George Washington collection

 Collection — Shelf: E:1 - F:5
Identifier: SC-GWC
Scope and Contents This collection contains letters to and from George Washington that have been aquired by the MVLA since 1858. For more information, see content note for individal items. The collection grows organically as new items are acquired.
Dates: 1654-09-06 - 1799-12-12

George Washington's Mount Vernon Magazine, 2015-

 Collection
Identifier: A-MAG
Content Description George Washington's Mount Vernon Magazine is published three times a year to disseminate information on the events and current news at the Mount Vernon estate. This publication replaces the previous version, "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow", or YTT, which was published for the same purpose and audience. Articles include information on recent and upcoming events, restoration projects, interesting museum and library accessions, book reviews, fundraising opportunities, etc.
Dates: 2015-

Guest Books and Visitor Registers

 Collection
Identifier: A-GB
Scope and Contents This is a collection of large ledgers or books with the signatures and autographs of Mount Vernon visitors and special guests. The books date from 1850 to the present day and some registers overlap in date.
Dates: 1850-present

Historic manuscript collection

 Collection
Identifier: SC-HMC
Scope and Contents This collection of historic manuscripts dates from 1607-1933, with the bulk of materials dating from 1738-1868. The correspondence, journals and diaries, legal and financial records, estate documents, and printed ephemera in the collection primarily relate to the Washington and Custis families, the Revolutionary War, and society life in antebellum Washington D.C. and Virginia.

Portions of this collection have been digitized, as noted in the item-level descriptions.
Dates: 1607-1933

Historic newspapers collection

 Collection
Identifier: SC-NEWS
Scope and Contents The collection includes 185 titles spanning 200 years; all related to George Washington, his family, and Mount Vernon.
Dates: 1757-1957

Historical Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: HPC
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,...
Dates: Majority of material found in 1850-2010

John Augustine Washington III and descendants papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2018-SC-097
Scope and Contents This collection contains correspondence, legal documents, financial records, and other documents related to John Augustine Washington III and his son Lawrence, as well as his granddaughters Anne and Patty. The bulk of the correspondence series are letters sent to John Augustine Washington III 1840-1860. They deal with family affairs and the management of various family plantations, including Mount Vernon. The late-nineteenth and twentieth century papers are divided into subject files, largely...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1771 - 1994

John Augustine Washington III and Eleanor Love Selden correspondence

 Collection — Shelf: A:3
Identifier: RM-528
Scope and Contents The collection contains correspondence between John Augustine Washington III and his wife Eleanor Love Selden. The letters begin during the Washingtons’ engagement and continues through eighteen years of marriage, ending with a letter from John Augustine to Eleanor composed the day prior to her sudden death. The letters contain information on family matters, the management of the Mount Vernon estate, and plantation life prior to the Civil War.
Dates: 1842-1860

John Augustine Washington III and Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (MVLA) Collection

 Collection
Identifier: RM-848
Scope and Contents This collection concerns the inheritance, maintenance, and sale of the Mount Vernon estate by its last private owner, John Augustine Washington III. A large majority of the collection is correspondence to or from John Augustine Washington III with a significant portion relating to the purchase of the estate by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Three diaries kept by John Augustine are also included and contain important information about his slaves, agricultural practices, and finances....
Dates: 1834-1957

Land Records of the MVLA

 Collection
Identifier: A-LR
Scope and Contents This small collection contains records concerning land gifts, purchases, and easements obtained by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Types of records include deeds, memorandums, signed agreements, land plats, maps, drawings, and correspondence. The material dates from 1858 to 2006, however there is some information on Washington family property that dates from the 1830s (the originals of these items were removed and replaced with photocopies in 2001).
Dates: 1858-2006

Lawrence Lewis Family Papers

 Collection — Shelf: G:1 - G:4
Identifier: RM-469
Content Description This collection (269 letters) includes correspondence regarding family matters, farm business, legal questions about various wills, including that of George Washington, buying and selling of slaves and land, letters from friends, travels, and business interests. Also included are financial papers, including accounts and bills for various services, many dealing with daily life, building materials, education expenses, books, taxes paid/owed, and financial transactions.
Dates: 1785 - 1858

Lawrence Washington collection of Washington family papers

 Collection
Identifier: RM-518-RM-523-RM-524
Scope and Contents The bulk of this collection consists of letters to and from John Augustine Washington III related to the sale of Mount Vernon, as well as other documents related to John Augustine Washington III’s family and descendants.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1787 - 1932

Martha Washington Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-MWC
Scope and Contents This collection contains letters to and from Martha Washington that have been aquired by the MVLA since 1858. For more information, see content note for individal items. The collection grows organically as new items are acquired.
Dates: 26 June 1761 - 11 July 1802

Operation Overview Collection

 Collection
Identifier: A-OOC
Scope and Contents This is a collection of records created by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association documenting the Operation Overview movement. A large portion of the collection is correspondence, including letters to and from Vice Regent Frances Bolton and other members of Congress. Other types of records represented are organizational reports, bulletins, statements, Congressional transcripts and bills, news clippings, financial papers, and several drawings and photographs. The bulk of the records range from the...
Dates: 1953-1983

Oral Histories of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

 Collection
Identifier: A-ORH
Scope and Contents The oral histories collected by the MVLA and the Washington Library include personal memories and reminiscences of previous Regents, Vice Regents, and Mount Vernon employees. The majority of the collection was recorded during the 2000s-2010s by staff members Sandra Robinette and Mary Thompson. This collection grows and accrues more recordings every year as other long-term employees and Board members contribute their stories. Mount Vernon's oral histories have most often been recorded via audio...
Dates: 1957-2015

Papers of Harrison H. Dodge

 Collection
Identifier: A-RM-1185
Scope and Contents The Papers of Harrison H. Dodge is a small collection of material created and compiled by Dodge and/or his family. Types of records include correspondence, articles, family trees, news clippings, photographs, and several objects. Most of the items pertain to Dodge’s time as Superintendent at Mount Vernon, however there are some personal family letters, genealogy information, and items regarding his work on a Library of Congress committee. Some genealogical records, mostly fragments and scraps...
Dates: 1816-1936

Papers of Lily Macalester Berghmans Laughton

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Identifier: RM-576
Scope and Contents The bulk of this collection is correspondence to Mrs. Laughton concerning Mount Vernon and the work of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Other material includes correspondence from Mrs. Laughton, formal reports and papers of the MVLA, personal correspondence and memoirs, photographs, printed material, and ephemera. The overall dates range from 1850 to 1891 with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1860s-1880s.This collection contains correspondence from a significant...
Dates: 1850-1891

Papers of Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian

 Collection
Identifier: A-MVT
Scope and Contents The Papers of Mary V. Thompson cover a wide range of topics, mostly concerning her research on George Washington and Mount Vernon, and her work with Mount Vernon’s historic collections. Her files give insight into her extensive work on exhibits, special projects, publications, reference assistance, and collections cataloging. Types of material include correspondence, printed email, memos, reports, research notes, articles, news clippings, presentations or speeches, special events brochures and...
Dates: 1980-2012

Papers of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

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Identifier: A-MVLA
Scope and Contents This collection documents the care and management of Mount Vernon through the work of the MVLA. Types of material include correspondence, reports, memos, notes, personal and biographical information, news clippings, meeting agendas, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera. Several highlights of the collection include the original minutes of Council meetings, scrapbooks and ledgers created by Vice Regents, and early correspondence with Regents and Vice Regents. While the library’s collection...
Dates: 1858-2016

Papers of the Superintendent and Resident Director

 Collection
Identifier: A-SRD
Scope and Contents This collection combines the papers and files of each Superintendent or Resident Director listed under “Creators,” as well as their office staff, assistants, and other Mount Vernon personnel. The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence to and from each Superintendent or Resident Director. Other types of material include reports, essays, memos, publications, clippings, official forms, logs or diaries of events, calendars, schedules, photographs, and ephemera. Subject matter includes a...
Dates: 1850-1996