The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon is the repository for the archives and records of George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.
The collections are available to qualified researchers by written request. Researchers must indicate the nature and purpose of the research, and provide a list of materials to be viewed. The Library reserves the right to restrict any archival material from any researcher at any time without notice.
Restrictions: 30 years from its document or file date. Materials in this collection:
EARLY RECORDS 1853-1874:
Correspondence, legal and financial documents, ledgers, printed materials, photographs and other records documenting the activities of the MVLA from 1853-1874. Includes correspondence of Ann Pamela Cunningham.
Collected information by and about former MVLA board members, 1859-2012. The files are not comprehensive of all board members who have served.
THE SUPERINTENDENT RECORDS (1885-1976):
Includes notes, reports, receipts, correspondence and day book accounts of the estate. The information was a measure of record keeping and reporting from the Superintendent to the MVLA Board.
THE PRESIDENT FILES, 1976-:
Administration, notes, correspondence, reports, finance from the MV President to the Regent and MVLA Board.
MEETING MINUTES OF COUNCIL:
Notes and minutes from MVLA council meetings.
Restrictions: Immediately available upon document or file date:
ANNUAL REPORTS (1854-2012)
Published summary reports of the Institution
VISITOR LOG BOOKS
Guest books logging visitors to the Estate
MOUNT VERNON PRODUCED MATERIALS
Marketing collateral, pamphlets, videos, etc..
Oral histories, scrapbooks, other materials produced by Mount Vernon staff
AUDIO VISUAL MATERIALS
Materials produced about Mount Vernon, including audio, film and video
UNPUBLISHED RESEARCH MANUSCRIPTS
Dissertations, theses and other unpublished research pertaining to Mount Vernon or the MVLA
MVLA COMMISSIONED MATERIALS
Postcards, A/V materials, photographs
MOUNT VERNON RECORD (1858-1860)
The MVLA’s main fundraising publication covering the years 1858 until 1860.