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Staff Directory

Our expert staff have diverse and varied scholarly interests, but are united in their ability to best serve researchers working in the library.

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Douglas Bradburn, Ph.D.

Founding Director

Founding Director Doug Bradburn oversees Mount Vernon’s efforts to safeguard original Washington books and manuscripts, while fostering new scholarly research about George Washington and the Founding Era. He will also guide the development of leadership training programs and educational outreach activities.

Mark Santangelo

Chief Librarian and Archivist

The Chief Librarian and Archivist leads the library’s collections, staff, and services. Mark is in charge of developing the collection, managing staff, and providing access and services to facilitate and promote the collection’s use.

Michele Lee

Special Collections Librarian

Michele is responsible for developing and preserving the library’s growing collection of rare books, manuscripts, and archival material related to George Washington, Mount Vernon, and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. She also leads the effort to re-create George Washington’s library. Contact Michele with any questions regarding the library’s special collections.

Mary Thompson

Research Historian

As Research Historian, Mary is responsible for research to support programs in all departments at Mount Vernon, with a primary focus on everyday life on the estate, including domestic routines, foodways, religious practices, slavery, and the enslaved community. Mary is a vitally important resource available for consultation to researchers visiting the library looking for guidance and advice.

Adam Shprintzen, Ph.D.

Archival and Digital Historian

Adam serves as editor of the Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington, supports digital history initiatives, and facilitates access to Mount Vernon’s institutional archival collections. Contact Adam with any questions or requests related to the MVLA institutional archives or digital history projects.

Stephen McLeod

Manager of Special Initiatives

As Manager of Special Initiative, Stephen manages the Library’s robust Fellowship programs and scholars’ residence, the popular lecture series and symposia, as well as publications. Contact Stephen with questions about fellowships, lectures and other events.

From the Archives

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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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