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Collection Details


Collection Name: Mount Vernon Oral History Collection
Repository Name: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Garden. Collections Department, Library & Special Collections [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Mount Vernon, Virginia, United States
URL: http://www.mountvernon.org/learn/collections/index.cfm/pid/118/
Description: The reminiscences of people associated with the Washingtons and Mount Vernon have been an important tool in the restoration and interpretation of Mount Vernon for nearly two centuries. In the 19th century, for example, many visitors to the estate learned about George Washington and 18th-century life through conversations with former slaves who had labored for him for many years and were freed by the terms of Washington's will. From the time the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association took over management of the estate -- just prior to the Civil War -- up to the present day, the recollections of former residents and employees, whether free or enslaved, have proved invaluable for compiling a full picture of life at this historical site. An oral history project was begun several years ago to capture the memories of both Vice Regents and long-time employees. A small collection of tapes, CDs, and transcripts is available for researchers with a special interest in Mount Vernon in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Broad Subjects: Geography; History
ASP Subjects: Employees; Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration; Historic preservation; Historic sites--Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate); Mount Vernon Ladies Association, Mount Vernon, VA; Mount Vernon Plantation, VA; Mount Vernon, VA; Oral history; Plantations--Virginia; United States; Virginia
Collection Code: OHC0002826