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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: 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

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

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...
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

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

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,...
Dates: 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

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 acquired by the MVLA since 1858. For more information, see content note for individual items. The collection grows organically as new items are acquired.

Dates: 26 June 1761 - 11 July 1802

Peter family papers

 Collection
Identifier: RM-1186
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of papers collected by various members of the Peter families. It includes letters from George Washington, letters of condolence to Martha Washington after George Washington’s death, estate documents, Major George Peter’s military papers, land plats and surveys, photo albums, letterbooks, and notebooks that tell of the life of this prominent family in Virginia and the City of Washington.

Dates: 1772-1932

Potomac Navigation Company records

 Collection — Shelf: H:2
Identifier: RM-1196
Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of three different types of documents: various accounts from individuals who have worked for the Potomac Navigation Company; lists of all the men employed by the company which details the amount of work that was done; and receipts and invoices.

Dates: 1785-1786

Wallpaper Collection

 Collection — Shelf: H:4 - H:5
Identifier: WPC

Washington forgeries, facsimiles, and bookplates collection

 Collection — Shelf: G:8
Identifier: WFC
Scope and Contents

The collection of Washington forgeries and bookplates from the 19th and 20th centuries measures 1 linear foot. Found within the collection are forged Washington documents from notorious forgers Robert Spring, Joseph Cosey, and Charles Weisberg, as well as unidentified forgeries. The collection also contains bookplates – originals, restrikes, and spurious copies – from the Washington family and correspondence related to the sale of forgeries.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1863-1999