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.
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.
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.
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.
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.