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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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Rebecca Baird

Rebecca Baird


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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Samantha Snyder

Samantha Snyder

Reference Librarian

As Reference Librarian, Samantha is responsible for developing the library's general collections and electronic resources, as well as managing all reference inquiries.

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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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