Doing Historical Research at Montpelier Mansion
Archives Content SummaryMontpelier’s mission states that we are a “…museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting the mansion and its grounds from 1783 to the 1960’s with special emphasis on the Snowden Family occupation (1783-1831).” Much of the archival collections focus on materials of interest to genealogist of not only the direct Montpelier branch of the Snowden family, but also the extended family such as the Warfields, Contees and Reese/Johnson Lines. Within these collections there is wealth of information about the family and their activities through documents such as correspondence, account books, scrapbooks, photographs, and land record materials. We also have architectural and ground drawings of Montpelier showing the architectural evolution of the structure itself as well as some of the changes regarding land development surrounding the mansion. It is important to note that new materials are being acquired all the time and will be added to the web page once they have been fully processed and a finding aid created.
Research Questions and Access ProceduresAll questions about the archival collections held by Montpelier and access to those collections should be directed to either the main office at 301-377-7817 or the Collections Manager at 301-377-7836. Please note that all access to the collections is by appointment only. Please be prepared to explain the nature of your research and which of the collections are of interest to you.
Published Finding Aids
Montpelier Building and Grounds Drawings Collection
Acc. No. 2004.002.01
This collection contains predominately land plats, indenture agreements and land deeds some of which relate directly to the Snowden’s of Montpelier but not all. Other materials include a record of Thomas J. Snowden’s time at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in the 1830s as well as materials related to the Mansion dating from the early twentieth century.
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The Joseph S. Snowden, Pennsylvania Document Collection
The Cameron Robinson, Snowden Family Document Collection
Acc. No. 2008.006.01
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The collection consists of seven items [a family bible once owned by Dr. DeWilton Snowden (1818-1879) and marriage, baptismal and confirmation records) relating to the branch of the Snowden family descendant from Mary Thomas Snowden the daughter of Dr.