Mount Vernon Seminary and College M Street Campus Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection contains photographs, artifacts, school records, student scrapbooks and othe student materials. The materials range in date from circa 1877-1939.
- circa 1875-1939
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Biographical / Historical
In the summer of 1880, Mount Vernon Seminary moved from its first location on F Street to 1100 M Street. Elizabeth Somers originally purchased two adjoining mansions and converted them into school buildings. She added to the M Street houses by building new classrooms, a conservatory, music room, and chapel. Within the next few years, Somers purchased three additional houses and oversaw their complete renovation.
While located on M Street, Mount Vernon Seminary grew to more than 150 pupils. The Mount Vernon Alumnae Association formed in 1885 and held its first reunion in 1886 on the M Street campus.
In 1917, Mount Vernon Seminary moved to a new campus on Nebraska Ave.
6.25 Linear Feet (8 document boxes, 1 slim document box, 2 flat boxes)
Language of Materials
M Street was the second location of Mount Vernon Seminary, founded in Washington, D.C. in 1875. The school officially began operating from its M Street location in 1880. Mount Vernon Seminary and College merged with The George Washington University in 1999. This collection contains photographs, artifacts, school event and club records, student scrapbooks and other student materials created during the school's time on M Street. The materials range in date from circa 1877-1939.
Organized into four series: Photographs, Artifacts, Mount Vernon Seminary records, and Alumnae scrapbooks, correspondence, and diplomas.
Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection acquired by GWU upon merger with Mount Vernon College. Collection transferred to Foggy Bottom campus in 2009.
- Dormitory life Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Hensley, Adelia Gates
- Mount Vernon Seminary
- Somers, Elizabeth J.
- Students Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women -- Education Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women's colleges Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Mount Vernon Seminary and College M Street Campus Collection, circa 1875-1939
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English