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Catalog & Library Holdings

The Fred W. Smith National Library at Mount Vernon is open by appointment to patrons interested in the exploration of George Washington and his time. The Library welcomes researchers of any educational background whose queries can be investigated through our collections and resources. The library’s circulating collection covers the subject areas of George Washington, Martha Washington, Mount Vernon, Colonial America, The American Revolution, The Confederation, The Early Republic, Life in the 18th Century, Decorative Arts, and Historic Preservation.

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Special Collections

The library’s special collections includes rare books, manuscripts, documents, and maps related to George Washington, his life, military career, presidency, and activities at Mount Vernon, as well as materials related to Martha Washington, and other family members.

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The archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association are an important collection in understanding the history and development of historical preservation.

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Digital Collections

View the library’s digital resources, including resources to assist in researching George Washington, the colonial era, the American Revolution, slavery, the Early Republic, and material culture.

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Recent Acquisitions

Mount Vernon recently acquired eight unique book volumes that were owned by George Washington. Find out about these works and their compelling histories.

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Library Virtual Tour

Use our new Library Virtual Tour to explore the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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Digital Encyclopedia

Mount Vernon’s digital encyclopedia includes entries and primary sources on Washington’s life, world and experiences, while also covering the Mount Vernon estate, its history, and preservation.

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The Acts of Congress

On June 22, 2012, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association purchased a priceless treasure: George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress, which includes Washington’s hand written notes on the Constitution.

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