In honor of the George Washington Presidential Library’s 10th anniversary, Samantha Snyder, Mount Vernon’s research librarian, picks 10 of her favorite items from the Library’s special collections.
Peering through a magnifying glass, Samantha Snyder strains to make out the light penciled writing in the margins of a music book once owned by Eleanor Parke Custis, George Washington’s step-granddaughter. “That’s why I love this book so much,” Snyder says. “Every time you open it, you find something new.”
For Snyder, discovery comes with the territory. As Mount Vernon’s research librarian, Snyder engages with Mount Vernon staff, research fellows, and the general public on all aspects of their research, bringing her into contact with a vast portion of Mount Vernon’s special collections— original Washington family papers and books housed at the George Washington Presidential Library.
Here are 10 of her favorites.
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