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Adelia Gates Hensley collection

Identifier: MVC0008-MS

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs, prints, correspondence, silverware, a diploma, and a mortarboard of and belonging to Adelia Gates Hensley. The materials range in date from circa 1870 to 1951.


  • circa 1871-1951

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

Adelia Gates Hensley graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1877. She joined the faculty of Mount Vernon Seminary in 1884 and taught history, literature, and art history. She later succeeded Elizabeth Somers as President of Mount Vernon Seminary from 1915 to 1923.


6.25 Linear Feet (1 slim document box, 6 flat boxes)

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Adelia Gates Hensley was the second president of Mount Vernon Seminary, founded in Washington, D.C. in 1875. Mount Vernon Seminary and College merged with The George Washington University in 1999. This collection contains correspondence, photographs, silverware, a diploma, and mortorboard of and belonging to Adelia Gates Hensley, president of Mount Vernon Seminary from 1915 to 1923.


Organized into three series: Photographs and prints, Speeches and correspondence, and Memorabilia.

Physical Location

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.

Guide to the Adelia Gates Hensley collection, Circa 1871-1951
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America