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Library Staff

Kevin Butterfield, Ph.D.

Kevin Butterfield, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Executive Director Dr. Kevin Butterfield 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 also guides the development of leadership training programs and educational activities.

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Mark Santangelo

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.

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Rebecca Baird

Rebecca Baird

Archivist

Rebecca organizes and describes the historic records of the MVLA and Mount Vernon staff. Assists library patrons, fellows, and staff members with research and reference concerning the history of the MVLA and Mount Vernon. 

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Dawn Bonner

Dawn Bonner

Manager of Visual Resources

Dawn is responsible for providing access to visual resources in the collection through cataloguing and digitization as well as oversee the licensing, rights, and reproduction of external and internal images for publications, brochures, and other educational purposes.

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Katherine Hoarn

Katherine Hoarn

Special Collections Librarian

Katherine is responsible for developing and preserving the library’s collections of rare books and manuscripts related to George Washington. Contact Katherine with any questions regarding the library’s special collections.

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Samantha Snyder

Samantha Snyder

Access Services Librarian

As Access Services Librarian, Samantha is responsible for providing access to and developing the library's general collections and electronic resources, as well as managing all reference inquiries. Samantha is also available for research consultations.

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Mary Thompson

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.

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