Manuscripts for: Martha Washington

Mount Vernon, Library and Research Center , Mount Vernon, Virginia:

--A binder book of typescripts of various letters to and from Martha Washington, many of them included in collections below, as well as letters and other notices in which Mrs. Washington is mentioned. Also in collection is typescript of "A Journey From Fredericksburg, Virginia to New York," by the President’s nephew, Robert Lewis, chronicling Martha Washington’s trip to the capital in 1789, to become the first President's wife.

Mount Vernon Ladies Association Collections , Mount Vernon, Virginia:

--Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis Papers

, 214 items: Personal and family correspondence (1794-1851) of Martha Washington's granddaughter, who was also the adopted daughter of George Washington. Unpublished calendar in the repository.

Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C.:

--Washington Family Papers, 1582-1915

, 800 items: Chiefly photocopies and transcripts. Correspondence, journals, financial papers, reports, surveys, wills, deeds, genealogical notes, and other papers, by or concerning family members related by blood or marriage to George Washington. Topic include the disposition of family property and various individuals’ involvement in public affairs. Persons represented include Burgess Ball, Bushrod Washington, George Corbin Washington, Mr. and Mrs. Lund Washington, and Martha Washington. Container 1 has Custis Family Papers, 1744 - 1832, reproductions of material relating to title to land purchased by George Washington. Container 2 has Martha Washington Papers, 1760 - 1801, 5 folders; 2 original letters - 1777, 1794, 1 folder; numerous reproductions 4 folders; Container 3, Martha Washington, estate, 1800-1831 misc., 1915 and undated, 2 folders; Numerous reproductions of materials relating to the estate of Martha Washington; original of Martha Washington’s calling card. Unpublished finding aid in the repository. Among family members materials are included correspondence, financial background and papers on the vast estate of Martha Washington as the widow of Daniel Parke Custis, 1731-1802, and 36 letters to and from Martha Washington, business, social and family matters, from 1764 to 1799.

--John Davis Batchelder Papers

, Container 11: Martha Washington bill of sale dated 10 April 1792.

--Feinstone Papers

: Several letters including, Martha Washington to Anna Maria Dandridge dated 18 April 1761, Martha Washington to "My Dear Madam" dated 12 June 1790; Martha Washington to "My Dear Fanny" dated 22 April 1792; and Martha Washington to "My Dear Fanny" dated 1 July 1792.

--Joseph Meredith Toner Papers

, 100 feet: Collection of papers with material relating to Washington family, including Martha Washington, 1799-1801.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collections, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

--George Washington Papers

, 1675-1883, 6 volumes: Letters, pocket diary (1796) and household account book (1793-97). Includes a cookbook of Martha Washington, subscription book for a purse for William A. Washington (1883) and a catalog of Washintoniana sold by M. Thomas and Sons (1876-79). Diary published in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, v. 37 (1913) p. 230-239; household account book in v. 29 (1905) pp. 385-406, v. 30 (1906) pp. 30-56, 159-186, 309-331, 459-478, and v. 31 (1907) pp. 53-82, 176-194, 320-350; cookbook in v. 27 (1903) pp. 436-440.

--Eleanor Park Custis Lewis Papers

, 1794-1852, 2 volumes: Correspondence of Eleanor Lewis, granddaughter of Martha Washington to Elizabeth Bordley Gibson, describing her life at Mount Vernon.


Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

--James Ross and George Woods Papers

, 1762-1847 , 1 box: In part, transcripts (handwritten). Ross was a U.S. Senator. His papers contain letters of Hugh Henry Brackenridge, Israel Putnam, and others, and contemporary copies of letters and documents of George and Martha Washington.


Virginia Historical Society, Richmond Virginia:

--Custis Family Papers

, 1683-1858, 909 items: Correspondence (1708-45), accounts (1700-50), estate and legal papers, slave lists, and other papers of John Custis (1678-1749), of Williamsburg and York County, VA. Several items relating to Martha Washington’s financial matters in regard to her inheritance from her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis. Correspondence (1757-59), of Martha Custis Washington, and accounts (1751-73), inventories, and other papers kept by her as administrator of the estate of her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis (1711-1757), of the White House, New Kent County, VA; correspondence (1759-99), accounts (1755-73), agricultural inventories (1760-71), and legal papers of George Washington.


The Library of Virginia, Archives Division, Richmond, Virginia:

--George Washington Papers

, 1742-ca. 1850, 67 items and 1 volume: Chiefly photocopies of originals owned by Mount Vernon, the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, and private individuals.

University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Virginia:

--Cabell Gwathmey Collection

, 1708-1852, , ca. 170 items: Photocopies of letters, papers, illustrations, and portraits relating to Revolutionary and early nineteenth century statesmen. Persons named include Abigail Smith Adams, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, Anna T. Symmes Harrison, Dolley Madison, and George Washington.


Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, Louisiana:

--Butler Family Papers

, 2034 items: Includes collection of letters from Martha Washington’s granddaughter Nelly Parke Custis Lewis, (later adopted by George and Martha Washington as their daughter) to her daughter, Frances Lewis Butler.


United States Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland:

--Contains 1 letter from Martha Washington to her sister Elizabeth Dandridge Henley on health of family members and activities of a niece, Fanny Bassett Washington Lear.


Columbia University Libraries, New York, New York:

--Frederick C. Schang Collection of Calling Cards

, ca. 1800-1977, ca. 1500 items: Visiting cards, almost all with autographs or handwritten notes, of composers, vocalists, conductors, authors, scientists, presidents and first ladies, and other celebrities of the 19th and 20th centuries. Includes card of Martha Washington.


William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

--James S. Schoff Papers

, 1759-1828, 144 items: Chiefly correspondence relating to the American Revolution. Correspondents include Martha Washington.


Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California:

--George Washington Papers, 1749-1806

. Correspondence of George and Martha Washington, together with a few of Washington’s personal papers, bearing his endorsement. Summary report and catalog cards in the library. Collection includes 12 letters from Martha Washington to Mrs. Frances Washington on personal matters.